Club Expectations

Coaches

  • Provide a positive role model to judoka.
  • Inspire and motivate others in the dojo.
  • Be courteous and tactful; and in difficult situations never hurtful or spiteful.  Give athletes an opportunity to save face.
  • Be tolerant; assume that everyone is doing his or her best at all times.
  • Keep your cool; never lose your temper in front of an athlete as a calm head will teach athletes to keep their tempers under control.
  • Criticize constructively; when you must criticize deal with the idea or mistake, not the person.
  • Be sincere.
  • Show loyalty.

Athletes

  • Be courteous and respectful to those around you; this will help others respect you.
  • Try your best at all times.
  • Be respectful of yourself; carry yourself with confidence and dignity and others will recognize this in you.
  • Encourage others to present a positive image of our club and members.
  • Show loyalty, never criticize people behind their backs and always defend an individual when necessary.
  • Be helpful and offer assistance where needed, both in and out of the dojo.
  • Keep an open mind; do not dismiss new ideas out of hand.  Knowledge can be gained from unexpected sources.
  • Be a role model, those younger and/or of lower rank look up to you and pattern their behavior after yours.
  • Set goals, both long and short term, and plan how to achieve these goals.
  • Seek help when needed.
  • Follow the rules of the dojo; they are there to help make the study of judo safer and more enjoyable.
  • Support your team members, and they will support you.
  • Support the club and its activities.
  • Your education comes first; try and use your time efficiently so that you still have time for judo.
  • Show appreciation.  Remember, those around you are giving their time and energy to help you succeed.
  • Be forgiving, your parents and coaches are trying their best, but they are only human!
  • Make judo a lifelong interest.

Parents

  • Support your son/daughter positively.  Take notice of their accomplishments and praise them for it.
  • Encourage your son/daughter to do their best.
  • Avoid making comparisons between your child and others.  All are unique and should be recognized by their effort and determination rather than the outcome of an event.
  • Support the club and its activities.  This will support your child.
  • Show loyalty, never criticize people behind their backs and always defend an individual when necessary.
  • Be courteous and respectful to those around you, this will help others respect you.
  • Support the coaches; they are volunteering their time and expertise for the benefit of all club members.

Hygiene

Judo is a close contact sport so personal hygiene is very important.  Please follow the suggestions below to ensure both you and your partner have an enjoyable experience.

Judogi (uniform)

  • Wash the uniform regularly to ensure it is clean and fresh.  Products like Oxyclean or Resolve help remove stains.
  • Repair any tears or damage.
  • Having a spare uniform is often handy when one becomes soiled or is not laundered in time for class.
  • Female students are to wear a crew neck t-shirt under their judogi, in competitions this shirt must be white, the color is not so important at practice.
  • Male students may wear a t-shirt under their judogi at practice but nothing is to be worn underneath for competitions.
  • No hard objects (rings, jewelry, etc.) are to be worn at practice or competitions as they may injure the student or their partner.

Personal Hygiene

  • Ensure you are showered and clean before practice.
  • Keep fingernails and toenails trimmed short.
  • Make sure your feet are clean and bring sandals to class to wear when leaving the mat area for water breaks, washroom etc.

Illness

If you are sick with something that others can catch, please stay at home until you are better.  It is considerate to call the coach to let them know you will be away.

Injury

If you are unable to fully take part in the class due to injury, please attend anyways.  Let the sensei know of your injury and often there are some judo activities you can do that does not involve the injured part of the body.  If you are not able to attend, please let the sensei know.