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Rules of the Prince George's County Judo Club

The following rules are to be observed by all members, students, and visitors practicing in this dojo.

Dress and Personal Conduct

  1. The traditional judogi is the proper constume while practicing in this dojo. It should be worn properly at all times and should be kept clean and free of tears.
  2. Individual judoka should take care to keep fingernails and toenails cut reasonably short at all times.
  3. Jewelry should be removed before practice. Rings, bracelets, earrings, and other sharp objects can result in serious injury when worn during practice.
  4. Smoking is prohibited at all times in this dojo.
  5. Gun, candy, beverages, etc. are not to be brought into the practice area.
  6. Profanity, loud talking, abusive language, and general horseplay are not in keeping with the spirit of judo. Judoka should endeavor to cultivate a spirit of poise and dignity in the dojo.
  7. Zori should be worn when judoka are not on the mats.

Rules of Practice

  1. The designated Instructor-In-Charge is responsible for the dojo when he is on duty. Judoka should observe who has been designated as the Instructor-In-Charge and should obey any reasonable request made by him/her.
  2. Formal judo etiquette is to be observed during all practice sessions. Proper forms of salutation, unless indicated otherwise by the Instructor, will be as follows:
  3. Practice sessions commence at the time stated and terminate at the command of the Instructor. Judoka should endeavor to be prompt to all sessions. Individual judoka who must leave early should obtain permission from the Instructor to leave the mat.
  4. When judoka have reason to be seated during practice sessions, the traditional seiza position will be observed. In no instance should judoka lie or sprawl on the mat in a lazy or undiginified position.
  5. Randori is a practice period. Talking and instruction between judoka should be kept to an absolute minimum.