KUGB Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for all KUGB Instructors and Students

The Art of Karate-Do places great emphasis on the development of the character of its students, and the Karate Union of Great Britain uses a code of behaviour, together with the physical training, so that technical skill, physical fitness and good behaviour become synonymous with Karate-Do.

The code is based on a mutual respect of Teachers and Students, and acknowledges that respect must be shown for Seniority. Practitioners are expected to show the same respect for the society in which they live, and for those who live in and administer that society.

It is a source of great satisfaction to the KUGB that it has earned a reputation for producing World-class Teachers and Competitors.

All KUGB members have a duty to behave in a way which will maintain and enhance this reputation on behalf of their Club and the KUGB, but our instructors have a particular responsibility, as they will greatly influence the behaviour of their students both inside and outside the dojo. Bad behaviour on the part of an instructor will reflect badly on the KUGB. The ethos of karate is the development of the character through the development of the body and an instructor has a great responsibility to uphold this tradition.

Instructors must ensure that the following code of behaviour is adhered to by all students in their charge.

Dojo etiquette:

Always bow on entering or leaving the dojo.

Junior grades must bow first to their seniors.

Instructors should be referred to as Sensei or by their appropriate title, and not by name.

Nails must be kept clean and short enough to avoid scratching and cutting jewellery or watches should not be worn. If it is not possible to remove rings or earrings, they should be safely covered.

It may be requested that shoes are removed on entering the Dojo.

It is polite to walk around the edge of the training area.

Students must make every effort to be on time for classes, but if late, should enter the dojo quietly, change, and warm up in the changing room. When joining the class, they must kneel to the front and side of the class, where they can be clearly seen by the Sensei, and watch carefully for the Sensei's signal to join in. When this signal is given, they should remain kneeling, bow deeply, then walk quickly and quietly around the back of the class until it is convenient go to a position appropriate to their grade.

Smoking is not allowed in the dojo, or in any adjacent areas.

Any behaviour that is likely to offend the etiquette of the Dojo is not allowed.

Gis and Belts:

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that their Gi fits correctly and is kept clean and in a good state of repair. Tears and other damage must be repaired prior to the following training session.

A KUGB and/or club badge can be embroidered or stitched on to the Gi, and for competitions, a number or Country badge may be required for identification.

The appropriate coloured belt, including any necessary stripes, must be worn with the Gi at all times.

Training at another Dojo:

A KUGB licence will insure you to train at any affiliated Dojo, but permission is needed from the Dojo Instructor, and from your own Instructor.

The usual seniority structure will apply.


For all intents and purposes, the competition Arena should be treated as the Dojo, and the same respect must be shown to Seniors and to other Karateka.

Karate competition is seen as the 'glamour' side of Karate, and competitors, especially those who become successful, will become 'role-models' and can have a marked influence on the behaviour of others, particularly young and immature students, and therefore have a special responsibility to exhibit exemplary behaviour with regard to dress, sportsmanship, and general behaviour both on and off the competition area.

This encompasses matters such as:

  • general deportment (not lounging)
  • use of correct and polite language to fellow competitors, Officials and spectators
  • showing respect for other competitors and interest in the competition
  • no use of stereo headphones whilst in gis
  • etc etc.

Referees and Judges must also show exemplary behaviour in the above matters.

Referee and Judges qualifications do not supersede the grade structure.

Although the vast majority of Karateka do not take part in KUGB National or International competition, they will use competition Karate within the dojo as part of their training, and perhaps for gradings. It is important that the Instructor is able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the current rules of competition for these students and for the minority who wish to compete at formal competitions.

Outside the Dojo:

As stated, members have a responsibility to behave in a manner which maintains and enhances the reputation of the KUGB and Karate-Do, both in and outside of the Dojo, and to refrain from 'impetuous and violent behaviour'.


All advertising by Instructors, Clubs and event organisers must be accurate and in good taste.