Code of practice

Welfare Officer

Our club Welfare Officer is Laurence Smith. If you have any concerns about any aspect of our club or our classes please feel free to contact Laurence at:

Rules of conduct during practice

Aikido training involves the use of throws and locks which, unless done in a safe and controlled manner, can cause injury. All students undertaking Aikido training with the Koushinkan Aikido Oxford club must at all times adhere strictly to the directions of the instructor, whose responsibility it is to ensure safe practice.

All students training with the Koushinkan Aikido Oxford club have a duty to protect the safety and well-being of those they train with. They should therefore:

  • never perform a technique in a dangerous or reckless manner;
  • never perform a technique or control other than that being taught by the instructor;
  • must respect the grade of the student that they are training with and must perform the technique according to that level;
  • must never gratuitously inflict pain on another student or abuse others physically;
  • never consume alcohol or take recreational drugs before or during class.

The basic ethos of Aikido is to seek to resolve conflict without the use of physical violence, it therefore requires all practitioners to accord to each other respect and consideration at all times. Inappropriate or abusive language, or discriminatory behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.

Koushinkan Aikido reserves the right to exclude a child or adult from classes on the basis of disruptive, unruly, inappropriate or aggressive behaviour.

Dojo conduct and etiquette

Proper attitude and behaviour are a essential parts of Aikido training. All students should adhere strictly to the following rules:

  1. Respect the Dojo as a place of practice;
  2. Bow towards the shomen upon entering and leaving the Dojo;
  3. Make sure hands and feet are clean and keep finger and toe nails short;
  4. Keep any areas of skin infection and cuts covered with medical tap or plasters;
  5. Wash gi regularly;
  6. Make sure that their body odor isn’t so strong that people faint;
  7. Remove any jewellery, watches etc during practice;
  8. Always make the instructor aware if you have to leave the mat at any time during training and must wait for an instructors acknowledgement before returning to the mat;
  9. Must not take food or drinks onto the matted area;
  10. Never employ Aikido techniques outside the dojo except in circumstances where it is needed to defend yourself or others.

Code of practice for junior members

Koushinkan Aikido Oxford is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the Welfare Officer.

As a member of Koushinkan Aikido Oxford, you are expected to abide by the following junior code of practice:

  • All members must train within the rules and respect instructors and their decisions.
  • All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
  • Members should keep to agreed timings for training or inform their instructor if they are going to be late.
  • Members must wear suitable kit – white gi – for training, as agreed with the instructor.
  • Members must pay any fees for training promptly.
  • Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club.
  • Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.

Code of practice for parents/carers

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
  • Never force your child to take part in sport.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

Please see our Policy documents page for further information on club policy statements.