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Taikai Rules and Regulations
These guides are for students and instructors at the Konjaku Kioi
dojo and any competitors in taikai sponsored by the dojo. All
competitors and seminar participants are required to read and
understand these rules. Failure to follow these rules may result in
your expulsion from the seminars and tournament.
Dojo Rules - Etiquette
- Arrive at the dojo with enough time to dress, hang your
swords and help out with pre-class preparation in order to be
ready to train at the time class is to start.
- Always remove your shoes upon entering the training area.
- Always bow to the shinza upon entering and leaving the
- Always wear the proper uniform to train. Make sure your
keiko gi and hakama are mended and clean.
- If you need extra stretching or warm-ups, do them before
- Keep talking on the training floor to a minimum.
- Do not talk to someone who is not in class or who is just
- 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
- Pay attention and flow with the class.
- Do not call out to get your instructor's attention. Raise
you hand in a subtle manner. If they are instructing someone
else, wait patiently until they look your way.
- Do not stand around idle in class. This is your time to
- 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
- 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 Sendei's swords.
- Juniors should never walk in front of seated seniors without
bowing and saying "SUMI MA SEM".
- No eating, drinking, smoking or gum chewing on or off the
floor during class.
Dojo Rules - Safety
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.
- 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 can
not see you.
- If your sword starts to slip out of its sheath, DO NOT
attempt 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,
an unsheathed sword belongs only in your hands.
- 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 sheath, 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
- Before cutting check the mekugi peg in your sword's handle.
If it is missing or loose, inform the instructor 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