Central Queens Karate-Do Seki Jo Ju Nen Sit on a Rock for Ten Years

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At Central Queens Karate-Do we value and follow the traditional etiquette of Japanese Karate. We strive to maintain a respectful, peaceful, safe, and harmonious environment where members can achieve maximum benefit from all that our programs have to offer. An attitude of personal responsibility and respect is an important part of your training. Below are some terms and procedures that you should become familiar with. Please adhere to the Dojo rules.
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 Osu & Gassho!

  • Coats, shoes, or hats are not permitted once entering the Dojo (school). All belongings must be taken to the locker room. Please bring a lock. We are not responsible for personal belongings.
  • Food is not allowed in the Dojo. This includes candy, gum, and drinks.
  • Please keep the Dojo clean at all times. Assist with class set up and clean up.
  • No loud talking, jeering, or noise while classes are in session. Bullying or any disruptive, disrespectful behavior is not tolerated.
  • Students must bow and greet OSU! when entering and leaving the Dojo at all times. Everyone should walk on the perimeter of the Dojo floor.
  • All students should respond with a loud OSU! in acknowledgement when given a command or spoken to by a senior student.
  • Please keep yourself and your uniform (gi) neat and clean. Seido patches must be properly sewn on the gi. Never write on your gi or belt (obi). Your obi should never be washed, as it carries the history of your training. Please keep finger and toe nails trimmed.
  • Jewelry is not permitted to be worn during class.
  • Please respect and maintain all Dojo equipment, belongings and materials.
  • Always show good spirit and attitude in and out of the Dojo.
  • Students must practice the material they are taught in class at home. In addition, students must review their syllabus. Students are expected to purchase and read appropriate rank level chapters from the organizational textbook, Karate Technique & Spirit, by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura. All colored belts are also required to read Kaicho’ autobiography, The Human Face of Karate. Students are responsible for all the material of previous ranks as they advance.
  • Program registration payments & membership fees to the World Seido Karate Organization must always be kept up to date.
  • Students are to notify class Instructors of any serious injury(ies) or illness, and if they are taking medication before taking class.
  • No fighting (Kumite) is permitted unless supervised by a Black Belt.
  • Proper safety equipment must always be worn during Kumite (sparring). Only Intermediate ranked students may engage in Kumite with Black Belt supervision. Safety equipment must be kept in good condition.
  • No rolling, break-fall techniques, or weight training is permitted without Black Belt supervision.
  • Parents/guardians are welcome to observe the first, second, and last class of each session by sitting in the visitor’s area. We reserve the right to request anyone to leave the Dojo area at any time. Parents should be there to pick up their child when class is over; the instructors are not responsible for any of the children or supervision of the locker rooms before or after class.
  • Parents/guardians are prohibited from interaction with any of the children once they enter the Dojo. Please do not help your child to dress or tie their belts or with any other problem unless the instructor asks for your assistance.
  • Parents and students may speak with the Instructors before or after class only. If necessary, please leave a note at the front office desk and an Instructor will get in contact with you. Please leave a day and night phone number where you can be reached and the best time to call. You can also contact Jun Shihan Michelle Cuttino or any of the instructors via the Central Queens website by using out “Contact Us” form.
  • Parents must follow the same rules of conduct and etiquette expected of all Seido Central Queens Karate – Do students. The Dojo rules apply to all Seido Central Queens Karate Do programs (Seido – CQ Jamaica YMCA; CQ Brooks Memorial; & the SEIDO Independent Living & Self-Defense Seminar).
  • Promotion recommendations are at the discretion of the program Instructors. Promotions take place at the headquarters (Honbu) of the World Seido Karate Organization. Advancement to the next rank/belt level is not guaranteed with payment.
  • Promotion fees are not refundable for any reason.
  • Students are not permitted to change Dojos, train in other/several Seido Karate programs, or be associated with other marital arts organizations without the knowledge, permission, and/or recommendation by the student’s Chief Instructor to the program Chief Instructor of the referred Dojo/Organization, and the acceptance of the transfer/association by the referred Dojo’s Chief Instructor. All requests for school transfers or requests for affiliations with other organizations must be in writing with the reason for the request and submitted to the program Chief Instructor.
  • Students may not use, copy, or duplicate the World Seido Karate Organization copyrighted emblems and/or trademarks without the written expressed permission of the organization’s Grand Master, Kaicho T. Nakamura or Nidaime Akira Nakamura, Vice Chairman.
  • Parents/guardians/students/visitors may not take pictures or any videos of class, promotions, or special events without the expressed permission of Kaicho, Nidaime, or the Dojo/Event Instructor. Those not adhering to this rule will immediately be asked to leave and possibly be escorted out from the Dojo/Honbu or special event.
  • When late to class, bow and say Osu! to the shinzen, and sit quietly with your eyes closed by the side of the training floor. Wait until the Instructor tells you to open your eyes and begin to do pushups. Keep doing this until you are told to stretch and asked to join class.



Seido Central Queens Programs: CQ Jamaica YMCA; CQ Brooks Memorial