Shotokan Karate Kanazawa-Ryu International Federation

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Code of Conduct


The following SKKIF Code of Conduct applies to ALL members, parents, guardians, spectators and officials involved in karate at all levels.

What do students expect when they join a karate club?

To effectively learn the art of karate in a safe and friendly environment.  Karate-do and Kancho Kanazawa in particular, places a great deal of importance on the development of the character of karate-ka. Therefore we must use our code of conduct and standards together with the physical training, so that technical skill and virtuous behavior become an integral part of SKKIF’s reputation.

The foundation of our culture must be respect.  Firstly a mutual respect between Instructors and Students and then respect for our environment and the society in which we live.

All members have a duty to behave in a way which will maintain and enhance the reputation of the teachings of Kancho Kanazawa and SKKIF.  Instructors have particular responsibility, as their behaviour will greatly influence the behaviour of their students both inside and outside the dojo

It is essential that this Code is adhered to at all times. This will ensure that the culture of SKKIF and the legacy of Kancho Kanazawa is something that we can all be proud of and that others will want to be a part of.



1.     All persons should be treated equally and with respect. Discrimination of any kind is not acceptable. (Discrimination is defined as unjust or prejudicial treatment of   different categories of people)

2.     The safety and well being both physical and psychological of the karate-ka is our first priority – this comes above all other considerations including the development of performance

3.     Foul or abusive language, intimidation or violent conduct are unacceptable. Anyone found using any of the above will be asked to attend a disciplinary meeting and may be excluded from the Association if found guilty

4.     All grades are to be respected, especially senior grades, regardless of which club or association they come from

5.     SKKIF will not tolerate improper practices, undue influence or corruption for personal gain of any kind



1.     Instructors must remember that they hold a position of responsibility whether they are in or out of the dojo and that anything they do will reflect upon their club and thus on SKKIF.  It is an honor to be a SKKIF instructor and an ambassador for the teachings of Kancho Kanazawa therefore and a balance of humility with confidence should be maintained.

2.     Instructors are there to bring out the best in their students of all ages and natural abilities and so should be encouraging.  Remembering to praise as well as correct

3.     Remember that all students should be treated with respect

4.     Instructors should actively discourage any member of their dojo from bullying or aggressive behavior (physical or verbal) either in or out of the dojo

5.     Instructors teaching minors must be CRB checked (see SKKIF child protection policy).  Junior instructors can do so under the supervision of an adult senior grade instructor

6.     Instructors should maintain professional decorum at all times and refrain from humiliating or otherwise making any class member or visitor feel unsafe

7.     Instructors should treat members of other Dojos both outside and inside SKKIF with respect

8.     If an instructor has an issue with another member of SKKIF they should deal with the issue privately taking that person to one side and calmly and reasonably explaining the issue.  If a satisfactory outcome is not agreed then a Senior Representative of SKKIF can be asked to mediate objectively



1.     All adults involved whether as coaches or spectators should acknowledge their influence over the children and set a positive example. This involves amongst other things supporting “Fair Play” and condoning any violations of etiquette

2.     Karate-ka should be encouraged, by the adults that guide them, to accept responsibility for their own behaviour


3.     Adults over 18 should be aware of the influence of social networking sites on those younger and should not post anything inappropriate on a club’s Facebook/Twitter /web page


Parents and Spectators should:

-       Encourage all children participating, not just their own.

-       Give praise and avoid focussing on or ridiculing a child’s failings

-       Applaud the opposition as well as our own members

-       Do not scream and shout aggressive advice

-       Give attention to all the children, not just the most talented