The SKC places great emphasis on the development of the character of its students and has a code of conduct, such that technique, physical fitness and good behaviour become synonymous with Karate-Do.
This code is based on a mutual respect of teachers and students and acknowledges that respect be shown for seniority. The ethos of karate is the development of character through the development of the body and our instructors have a great responsibility to uphold this tradition. Likewise all club members have a duty to behave in a way which will maintain and enhance this reputation on behalf of the LSKC.
Instructors have a particular responsibility, as they will greatly influence the behaviour of their students both inside and outside the dojo.
The Dojo Code is the code of conduct under which the Art of Shotokan Karate is practiced. The ultimate aim of the Art of Shotokan Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants through hard training, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self-control
- Character – Exert oneself in the perfection of character
- Sincerity – Be faithful and sincere
- Effort – Cultivate the spirit of perseverance
- Etiquette – Be respectful and courteous
- Self-control – Refrain from impetuous and violent behaviour
Karate can have a very powerful and positive influence on people, especially young people. Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also develop valuable qualities such as self-esteem, self-confidence, leadership and teamwork. These positive effects can only take place if the instruction of Karate is in the right hands – those who place the welfare of all young people first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.
Instructors have a moral and legal responsibility to support and care for young people and disabled adults and to protect them from abuse. This responsibility applies not only while these students on the club premises, but also if they suspect abuse is taking place elsewhere.
LSKC recognises that the reality is that abuse in many forms can take place in Karate as in other physical activities and sports.
Instructors are expected to demonstrate a duty of care towards children and as such LSKC has therefore recognised the need to establish a policy to ensure the safety of children in its care and to provide guidelines to Instructors and others who may be involved with the protection of these children.
The LSKC follows national guidelines and its own Equality & Diversity Policy and Code of Conduct which includes Child Protection practices and procedures (Including CRB checks) especially as Karate, as in most sporting activities today, has a high level of participants who are young people and people that can be classed as vulnerable and at risk. Instructors have a moral and legal responsibility to support and care for young people and disabled adults and to protect them from abuse. This responsibility applies not only while these students on the club premises, but also if they suspect abuse is taking place elsewhere.
The welfare of the child / children is paramount. All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin religious beliefs and / or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
All Instructors have a responsibility to report concerns to the Senior Instructor.