Konjaku Kioi Toyama Ryu Dojo Toyama Ryu Batto Do
Konjaku Kioi Dojo
(Ancient and Modern Fighting Spirit Dojo)
5980 66th St N Suite M
St Petersburg FL 33709
Email: info@toyama-ryu.com
Phone: 727-329-9679
Yari (Spear)

Hataya Sensei DVD
Respect for Katana
Sword Dictionary
How to Guides
    Bow In Ceremony
    Warm Up Exercises
    Bow Out Ceremony
    Wearing Uniform
    Formal Uniform
    Wearing Daisho
    Uniform Folding/Care
Katana Selection
    Sword Dimensions
    Sword Testing
Katana Maintenance
    Katana Cleaning
    Mekugi Replacement
    Katana Disassembly
    Is my sword sharp?
    Edge Geometry
    Surface Polish
    Sharpening Guide
Training Basics
    Kihon (Fundamentals)
    8 Basic Cuts
    Toyama Kata
    Toyama Kukmitachi
    Seitei Kata
Taikai Guides
    Taikai Rules
    Judging Guide
    Target Prep & Spiking
    Cutting Patters
    Cutting Videos
    Target Comparison
St Petersburg Dojo
    Intro Letter
    Femal Sensei
    Dojo Members
    Code of Conduct
    Classes and Fees
Promotion Pictues
Rank Testing

Dojo Crest 

Code of Conduct

Dojo Rules

All students must understand these rules before signing up for training. Students should learn and remember these rules that constitute proper dojo behavior and are essential to maintaining a safe and positive training environment. The dojo is much more than a "training hall." It is the place where the spirit is forged through rigorous physical conditioning, self-discipline and introspection (looking within). The dojo has its own culture and it takes time to learn the proper procedures and rules. You should ask sensei if you have any questions. Students must approach and correct others not abiding by the dojo rules, but this needs to be done in a non-demeaning and courteous manner. Anyone who violates these rules will be subject to disciplinary action (including suspension, revocation and or expulsion) as directed by sensei.

Basic Etiquette

Bowing in the dojo has no religious connotations. The Japanese greet each other by bowing. Bowing can also have the functions of thanking and apologizing. Bowing may range from a small nod of the head to a long 90-degree formal bow. You are supposed to bow deeper and longer than your opposite if they are of higher status than you are. Your back and neck should be kept straight while bowing.

  • Students must face the shinza and respectfully bow when entering or leaving the dojo.
  • Students must bow to the senior student on the floor and always bow to any dan ranked students upon first meeting them.
  • If sensei arrives late or leaves early, the class should be brought to attention and bow as a group.
  • Students shall bow to each other prior to mutual exercise and upon completion of that exercise.
  • Absolutely no disrespect will be shown to any instructors or fellow students.
  • Students should follow the instructions of their sempai.
  • Respect your fellow students experience in other arts. As well, do not expound upon your experience to others during class, regardless of how it may relate to the techniques being taught.
  • Students shall refer to the head instructor as sensei (Mike Femal), and assistant instructors as sempai at all times in the dojo and outside the dojo when the conversation relates to dojo and training matters, otherwise they should be referred to by name.
  • Students, who arrive late should enter the dojo and wait to be invited to join the class by sensei.
  • A student cannot leave class early without the permission of sensei.
  • There is no talking in class unless you have been recognized by sensei by raising your hand or using the phrase "sumi-ma-sen sensei” (excuse me teacher).
  • Talking in the changing rooms should be minimal and restricted to matters concerning practice.
  • Students must learn and uphold the correct ways of sitting and the proper way of standing.
  • If asked to watch a technique, remove your sword from your belt, sit in seiza, with your sword on your right side, blade edge towards you, tsuba forward. The tsuba should be inline with your knee.
  • Always place your sword on the rack edge up, with the handle facing to the left as you face the rack. The upper spaces are reserved for higher ranks.
  • Juniors should never walk in front of seated seniors without bowing and saying "sumi-ma-sen".


The handling of swords in any capacity is potentially dangerous. Therefore, for the general safety and well being of the participants, certain rules must be in effect at all times during training class. It is the direct responsibility of every student to know and abide by these rules.

  • Always let sensei know if you are suffering from any physical disability, restrictions, injury, illness, or require special assistance before class.
  • Do not come to class when suffering from a contagious illness. Rest and come back to class when you have fully recovered.
  • Try your best, but do not overdo it. You can take a break when needed. Just let sensei know.
  • Do not run or act recklessly in the dojo. There will be no horseplay in the dojo or dressing rooms.
  • When the instructor says "FREEZE" do exactly that, FREEZE. Don't move to where you think he wants you to be, don't make any kind of adjustments, simply stop all movement and stand there until he tells you to move.
  • NEVER walk behind someone training with a sword. They cannot see you.
  • If your sword slips out of the saya, do not try to catch it. Step back and let it fall to the floor.
  • Check your sword's general condition before every class; pay special attention to the mekugi pin in the handle. If you have any doubts, ask your instructor immediately.
  • Always be aware of where you are and where everyone else is while training. Develop this awareness and keep your distance.
  • Control your sword at all times, keep your thumb on the Tsuba when bowing and moving about.
  • Never make wild or careless motions with an unsheathed or sheathed sword at any time.
  • Never place an unsheathed sword on the floor or on the rack.
  • When handing a sword out of its sheath to another person, hold the bottom of the handle with your little finger at the butt. The blade's cutting edge should face you.
  • When accepting a sword out of its saya, grasp the handle firmly at the guard with your left hand.
  • Wear your obi and hakama properly snug. Hakamas should never be overly long or short. They should just touch the tops of your feet.
  • Before cutting check the mekugi peg in your sword's handle. If it is missing or loose, inform sensei immediately.
  • When cutting, be aware of whether or not you have bent your sword's blade. Allow your instructor to straighten it if needed. Never attempt to sheath a bent sword.
  • During cleaning, keep sword blade pointed away from other students.

Dojo Restrictions

  • Absolutely no shoes on the dojo floor. Shoes should be neatly arranged at the edge of the training floor. Students must wear shoes or sandals outside the dojo.
  • Do not wear rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, nose/ear studs, watches, neck chains, or any metallic articles during class.  Wedding bands are okay.
  • Do not smoke, chew gum or eat candy or food while in the dojo.
  • Do not come to class when intoxicated. Do not consume any alcohol before class.
  • Do not misuse any equipment in the dojo.
  • Do not use profanity or abusive language in the dojo.
  • Use a quiet voice in the dojo (except when leading the count).
  • Do not talk to someone who is not in class or who is just watching.
  • Do not stand around idle in class. This is your time to train.


  • Beginners must have an oak bokken, keiko gi top, obi (belt), and hakama before starting class.
  • All students must have an iaito (metal practice sword) within 3 months of starting class.
  • All students must have a shinken (cutting sword) within 3 months of starting tameshigiri.
  • Student may wear a plain T-shirt under their gi top that is the same color as their gi top.
  • Your uniform should be put on after arrival to the dojo and removed before departing the dojo.
  • Your uniform must be folded properly after class and should always be mended and clean.

Teaching and Demonstrations

  • If you need extra stretching or warm-ups, do them before class begins.
  • There is only ever one sensei teaching class. Don’t offer advice to your fellow students.
  • Sempai will assist lower ranked belts in their training, but only upon the request of sensei.
  • Whenever sensei is explaining or demonstrating all students should give him their full attention.
  • Never contradict or attempt to correct sensei or sempai. Discuss such matters with sensei privately.
  • No interrupting while the instructor is teaching in class. If you have a question, wait until the instructor is done speaking and raise your hand.
  • Students should question what they do not understand but answers are not debatable.
  • Students must not practice any technique that has not been formally taught to them by sensei.
  • Respect other styles but practice your own. Knowing "a little of this" and "a little of that" usually ends up being "a lot of nothing." If you practice more than one style or art, keep them separate.
  • You must have explicit permission from your sensei to demonstrate any aspect of Batto Do.
  • You must have explicit permission from Nihonzashi LLC before teaching anyone outside of class or opening a dojo.
  • An expression such as “hai, hai” does not mean yes when requesting permission and “that is difficult or we’ll see" usually means no. In the absence of a positive "yes," the answer is no. Usually, a non-answer means no.


  • Your family and work comes first. Come to class after you have fulfilled these obligations.
  • As you advance, ego is a constant enemy. Remain humble.
  • Always accept correction positively and with an open mind.
  • Always be courteous in demeanor and be helpful to juniors and each other.
  • Always maintain a beginner's attitude. You can't learn if you think you already know it.
  • Pay close attention to what your instructor has to say at all times.
  • Come to class to learn. Practice at home or during open practice times.
  • Do not become angry or upset in the dojo.
  • It is far better to know one kata well than dozens of kata poorly.
  • Never criticize other schools or styles of the martial arts.

Dojo Duties

  • All students share in the responsibility for keeping the dojo safe and clean.
  • Please arrive at least a half of an hour earlier to prepare targets and get changed so that training can begin on time.
  • Every student should help clean the dojo floor and mirrors after each class.
  • Never let a student with higher seniority work harder than you.
  • Never leave clothing or valuables of any type in the dojo. We will not be responsible for these articles if lost or stolen.


  • Rank testing is not a formality. Students must be prepared to not pass.
  • Promotions and promotion dates are at the discretion of sensei.
  • There are minimum time periods between rankings. However, training for the minimum time period does not entitle the student to promotion. Many factors are involved in promotions such as time in rank, attendance, technique, teaching ability, helpfulness, attitude, courtesy, effort, contributions to the art, etc.
  • Never request to be tested or promoted. Sensei will let you know when you will be tested or have been promoted. If you ask for promotion "you will cease to exist." This means that sensei will see you but not see you.
  • Accept a promotion with a sense of increased responsibility to your fellow students.

Dojo Membership Fees and Dues

This is not a contract, but a statement. We are here to provide instruction to members providing they pay their membership in a timely manner. Keeping your word and honor is the center of our program. Not keeping your word bounces back to you, not being honest with yourself as well as others. No one makes progress as a human being unless we learn to keep our word. We keep our word and expect the same from you.  The student agrees to pay the tuition without regard to the attendance made or classes missed. Tuition is not a Rank Guarantee; your rank is based on attendance and performance in class. We do not sell rank. Your personal progression is in your hands, we are here to help and guide you on your journey.

  • All regular students must keep a steady attendance of class.
  • If a student withdraws from the dojo temporarily or permanently let sensei know immediately in person or by phone.
  • You are responsible for keeping your dojo dues up to date.
  • Dojo dues are due at the beginning of the month and must be paid on time.
  • All tameshigiri targets must be pre-paid and are not part of monthly dues.

Class Fees are non-refundable and are not prorated.

Absent Membership

  • Sensei must approve absent membership.  This is offered to extreme hardship cases or out of town members.
  • Enrolling in the Basic Program will maintain your status as a student and we allow you to maintain your rank.
  •  Failure to keep in communication with sensei or failure to pay dues will result in cancellation of your rank and membership.

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