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Dojo Etiquette

Traditional courtesy and respect helps us to be the Triangle's Premier Martial Arts school!

  • Punctuality is appreciated! Try to arrive in time to change and pull your attendance card before your class (10-15 minutes early).  We know that you may be coming to us from Raleigh, Greensboro, or other areas of the Triangle.  If you cannot get in before class starts, we understand!  Just get ready and come to the back of the mat to complete the bow-in process, or come right into class if that process has started.
  • You can find your attendance card in the box next to the torii gate. Please pull your card from that box and have it with you when you line up for class.
  • For Ninjutsu classes, please wear a Quest Center T-shirt matching your gi color underneath your jacket during every class. Avoid wearing other colors.  You may omit your gi jacket if you are wearing a Quest Center shirt of the appropriate color.  Gi's should be in good shape, and of the styles supplied at the pro-shop.  Think of it as a business suit.  A crisp, neat appearance is conducive to strong, disciplined training!
  • For Quest Fit (Kick, Fit, or Defense classes) or private lessons, wear sturdy athletic clothing of any appropriate color or type.  We select apparel for the pro-shop that our Instructors find to be good looking, durable, and appropriate for that kind of activity, and we encourage you to try those out!
  • Street shoes should not be worn on the mat. Only clean athletic shoes that do not mark the mat, bare feet, or tabi (traditional Japanese training shoes, available at the Pro-Shop). Use caution if wearing socks, as they tend to slide on the mat. Consider your comfort and safety.
  • Remove rings, watches and jewelry for the safety of your training partners and yourself.
  • Tie back long hair.
  • Leave all food and beverage in the waiting area. Do not bring gum, food or drink into the mat space.
  • Please address your instructors and fellow students with a kind “Mr., Ms., Sir, and Ma’am.”  Our school is a friendly place, and that level of courtesy and respect helps to keep it that way!
  • If you have any questions about what is expected of you in a class, please ask any Instructor, Coach, Trainer, or a senior student!
  • Train safely. Consider your own condition and experience, and train appropriately with your goals in mind. You may always choose not to participate in any class activity.  This training is intended for your benefit. 
  • Keep safe training limits in mind. Signal “enough” to your partners by tapping on them or on the ground, or by saying “tap.” That signal means to immediately cease the technique to avoid injury.
  • Be responsible for the security of your own valuables while training. Write your name on all training gear articles. Do not leave personal articles or training gear in the Quest Center overnight. If you lose an item, check the lost-and-found box, or at the front desk for small items such as jewelry and phones.