As a person taking part in our clubs within our karate association, we would like you to follow this guidance to ensure you can participate in your sport or activity safely.


  • Inform the academy if not attending
  • Report health problems to the instructor before the start of the class
  • Be punctual for class and wait appropriately.
  • If late for class, warm up away from the class and then wait at the front and/or side of the class until you receive permission to join the class
  • Respect and celebrate differences in our club or activity and not discriminate against anyone else on the grounds of gender, race, sexual orientation, or ability.
  • Report any incidents of bullying, including homophobia and transphobia, to a member of staff, even if you are just a witness.
  • Treat other young people with respect and appreciate that everyone has different levels of skill and talent.
  • Make our academy a welcoming and friendly place to be.
  • Support and encourage your teammates. Tell them when they have done well and be there for them when they struggle.
  • Respect our staff and the staff and young players from other teams.
  • Be a good sport, celebrate when we win, be gracious when we lose, play by the rules and have fun.
  • Follow our online safety and internet use policies.
  • Get involved in club or activity decisions; it is your sport, too.
  • Bow when entering or leaving the dojo.
  • Keep yourself safe by listening to your coach or trainer, behaving responsibly and speaking out when something is wrong.
  • When you are with us, stay in the places where you are supposed to; do not wander off or leave without telling an instructor.
  • Take care of our equipment and premises as if they were yours.
  • Make it to practices or sessions on time and if you are running late, let a member of staff know.
  • Bring the right kit to practice and wear the appropriate kit for the weather.
  • Do not smoke, vape, or consume alcohol on our premises, during practices, competitions or when representing us.
  • Always bow to a senior grade first.
  • Walk around the edge of the dojo.
  • Refer to instructors as Sensei or by their appropriate title, not by name.
  • The closing ceremony is significant. Please sit up straight when kneeling and keep your eyes forward.
  • Ensure uniforms fit correctly and are in a good state of repair
  • Keep fingernails and toenails clean and short enough to avoid causing injury
  • Do not wear jewellery and If it is impossible to remove rings or earrings, then cover them with tape.
  • Do not wear shoes in the dojo
  • Wear rank belts at all times
  • Do not leave the class without the permission of the instructor
  • Do not consume food or drink within the dojo training area
  • Do not smoke in the dojo
  • Do not use foul language or inappropriate behaviour.
  • Contribute to your safety and the safety of others in the dojo
  • Ensure possession of an up-to-date licence
  • Young people under fourteen must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or other known and named person before leaving the dojo environment.

As a person taking part, we understand you have the right to:

  • Enjoy your time with us, and know you are safe.
  • Be told who you can talk to if something is not correct.
  • Be listened to and be included.
  • Be involved and contribute towards decisions within the academy or activity.
  • Be respected by us and other team members and be treated fairly.
  • Feel welcomed, valued and not judged based on race, gender, sexuality or ability.
  • Be encouraged and develop skills with our help.
  • Be cared for if there is an accident or injury, and have your parents informed if needed.

We expect all young people and adults to follow the behaviours and requests set out in this policy. If any person behaves in a way that contradicts the aforementioned points, we will address the problem immediately (with parents' involvement for young people under eighteen years of age) and aim to resolve the issue.

Continued issues and repeated breaches of this code may result in us regrettably asking you to leave the activity, event or club permanently for the welfare of other young people, adults and our instructors/coaching staff. This is something we never want to do.


Safeguarding in Karate

Safe Practice

Karate is an oriental system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet to deliver and block blows to the body. It involves punching, kicking and blocking and

can occasionally result in injury. Karate involves strikes, punches and kicks.

Taking part in Karate can be risky and the risks include but are not limited to:-


Injuries to the face such as nose bleeds or broken noses;

Concussion is also a possibility from strikes to the head;

Broken bones (fingers / toes especially); and

Injury from inappropriate stretching and other exercises such as torn muscle or ligaments are also possible.

NB: However, the List is not exhaustive. Children are particularly vulnerable as they are still developing mentally and physically, so training methods need to

be modified as described below, and measures need to be in place at competitions to minimise such injury. So to minimise the possibility of injury, the following

safe practice is encouraged in all TKI dojos.

The following is a guide to consider along side the health and safety assessment that must be completed before each training session and, where appropriate,

each competition.

Safe Practice in the Dojo

It is essential that a basic risk assessment is carried out by the lead trainer on arrival at the venue to ensure previous users have complied with the minimum

health and safety requirement such as removal of litter, dangerous objects, spillage on floors etc.

Flooring must be dry and, where necessary, non-slip mats are laid down to prevent slipping and create more comfort when sparring. If there are emergency

exits and these are opened during hot weather, care must be taken to ensure no one enters or leaves the building without prior authority from the lead coach.

Safeguarding all participants whilst in the Dojo is the responsibility of the lead Sensei.

Safe Practice in class

Warm up is essential and must be appropriate for the activity that will take place later that session.

Monitoring limitations of participants is vital to reduce muscle or ligament injury so encouragement is key but at participants own pace and ability Asking if

anyone has an injury before class starts and then advise participant accordingly to take care is good practice.

Avoiding excessive stretching and exercises such as press-ups on the knuckles or hitting heavy bags; the joints of children are still developing and can be

damaged by these exercises. Water is readily available for each participant if they need it to prevent dehydration.

Safe Practice when sparring and in Kumite

Contact in Karate must be controlled as best as possible to avoid serious injury. All participants, when sparring, must strictly adhere to the following or taking

part in a Kumite competition: -

Wear hand mitts

Gum shield

Foot pads are optional

In particular with children under the age of 16 contact to the face/head is NOT permitted.

Height or weight of the participants are a consideration in competition

Female participants are able to wear chest guards

Sparring in training must be supervised and monitored

Mats will always be laid for competition events

Any injury to the head the participant is advised to attend hospital

All coaches are first aid trained and regularly updated every three years

St Johns Ambulance or similar qualified First Aiders are present at all competitions.

Above all, safe practice means having a suitably qualified and experienced instructor who will ensure that children are not exposed to the above risks and who

can make a training session enjoyable whilst maintaining the discipline essential to learning Karate.