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  • Only by facing our fears and understanding our weaknesses will we discover strength, confidence and security.
  • We experience satisfaction and happiness as a result of our diligent effort to improve our art.
  • We will be exhilarated by our efforts even if we are not immediately successful.
  • Success, knowledge and true understanding will be gained if we continue to strive.
  • We will feel frustration and despair only if we admit defeat and failure.
  • The level of our skill is equal to the level of our commitment.
  • Arrogant, boastful displays of our skills reflect low self-confidence and insecurity and reduce the level of esteem in which others hold us.
  • A humble attitude earns true respect and admiration.
  • As our physical powers increase and develop, so do our psychological levels of self-control and self-confidence.
  • We respect and value the friendship and support of our classmates and instructor and are loyal to the principles upon which our training is based.
  • The pursuit of our martial art is a life-long effort which helps us to be physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy. Our ultimate goal is to become better persons through the mastery of this ancient art.
  • We will never misuse or abuse these powers.

School Etiquette & Safety Rules

  • All persons should bow (salute) upon entering and leaving the classroom. Bowing is the way students demonstrate respect for what is being taught in the school and is a symbol of mutual respect for one another.
  • For cleanliness and safety, shoes should be removed before entering the classroom.
  • There is no smoking or use of tobacco products anywhere in the National Karate School.
  • Always refer to brown and Black Belt holders as Mr…or Ms…while in the school.
  • Please keep the dressing rooms and lobby neat and clean; use a locker or clothing rack to hang your clothes while in class.
  • For safety, please remove all jewelry before class.
  • For safety and cleanliness, gum chewing is not allowed in class.
  • Free sparring is practiced only by students hold a green stripe belt or higher and must be supervised by a brown or Black Belt holder.
  • Students must wear headgear, hand and foot pads, mouth guard, groin cups (for males), shin pads, elbow pads and a rib or chest protector while free sparring.
  • Only students of green belt and above may use the heavy bag and should receive instructor permission prior to its use.
  • There is no horseplay or running allowed in the National Karate School.
Author: Master Cristian Nelson