White Belt Information
Etiquette and respect are 2 of the foundations of martial arts training. The techniques that we study have come from a long line of great masters so by keeping respect with in the dojo we continue to pay homage to our teachers. Basic respect for our fellow human being, being polite and mindful of other peoples space is a basic quality that so many seem to forget, with in the Martial arts dojo we observe and practice these essential elements and hopefully take the lessons with us when we leave.
So to get you started, always bow at the door when entering and leaving the dojo. This gives recognition to the importance of our dojo and switches on the mindset for training.
Once you have entered, please do not eat, drink or chew gum in the dojo. Once you are in the dojo please keep conversation to a minimum and prepare quietly for training. Keep your mind and focus on the class. If a senior belt is teaching or guiding you, listen politely and ask questions if need be. When he or she bows to you, please bow in return. This is a sign of mutual respect thanking each other for the training.
Where to stand
When class starts, the instructor or one of the senior belts will show you where to stand, probably towards the end of the line. We all stand in one line from the most senior student right through to the beginner training for the first time. The instructor will come to the front of class, and we mutually bow together. We then stand and take our position for the warm up. It may sound a little complicated but really it is quite simple, and it gives a nice feel to the training area.
Taking a break
If you feel like you want to have a break during class please get the attention of your teacher before you sit down or leave the class, and if you arrive late, please get changed in your own time, when you are ready, please bow to the most senior belt with in the class before commencing your warm up.
Northstar Ju Jitsu is also taught by senior Black Belts at their own studios'.
These are independently run from the Headquarters .Andy Dickinson Sensei is the head of and founder of Northstar Ju Jitsu and oversees the teaching of his program.
All Black Belts are graded by Andy Dickinson Sensei.