Terms & Conditions

By joining MSK (Middlesex Shotokan Karate Club), you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions, which will allow us to provide the best service and tuition to all our students.


  • Regular attendance is required. Please inform MSK if you cannot make classes for any reason. The correct white Karate Gi (uniform) should be worn, and it should be clean and ironed.
  • No jewellery or watches are permitted during the lessons.
  • With prior permission from the instructor, indoor martial arts shoes or plimsolls may be worn in the short term if you have a foot condition which makes barefoot training difficult or due to unhygienic reasons (such as bad blisters or verrucas).
  • Classes may already be running when you arrive, so please wait quietly outside the training area until called into the Dojo by an instructor.
  • Students must not change clothing or eat in the training hall. All changing of clothing should be done in the changing areas provided.
  • Always inform the instructor of any injuries you may have or if you feel unwell.
  • For safety, fingernails and toenails should be kept short.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water to training.
  • Students should not eat whilst exercising.
  • Do not use or let your children use any equipment without the permission of the instructor.
  • Any equipment not belonging to MSK must not be touched unless permission is given by the instructor. Any damage to this equipment will have to be paid for.


  • All students must have a current MSK licence. Students will not be permitted to train without a valid licence.
  • Look after your licence book. Any damaged licence books will need to be replaced and will be chargeable to the student.
  • Annual licence renewal reminders will be issued by MSK but it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their licence is renewed on time.


  • Sparring safety equipment is to be brought to every training session.
  • All sparring equipment can be purchased through MSK.
  • All sparring safety equipment is compulsory, including gum shield, groin guard (for males), mitts and shin pads.

Membership and Training Fees

  • Annual licence/membership renewal reminders will be issued by MSK but it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their licence is renewed on time.
  • Training fees will be paid via booking sessions in advance to confirm your place – weekly. All available classes will appear on this schedule:
  • https://app.gymcatch.com/provider/2348/events
  • You may wish to download the app: GymCatch (https://gymcatch.com) for mobile devices or use the desktop version – in which case, please search for ‘Middlesex Shotokan Karate’ as your ‘Provider’.
  • No refund of training fees will be permitted for non-attendance of lessons.
  • All students and parents of students agree to observe the membership rules designed for the mutual benefit of all members.


  • In case of a fire, please follow the instructor’s directions.
  • If you need to contact us during class times please ring 07812 126572 and leave a message; we will endeavour to check these between classes.
  • As the grades and development of our students progress, class times may change to allow a more even spread of students in the classes. Students may be required to move into a more advanced class as they progress with their training.
  • In the event that a problem arises with the current training location, classes may move to alternative venue, temporarily. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible of any changes but we cannot be held responsible for amendments that are beyond our control.
  • Any unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in those people being asked to leave and their membership terminated.
  • MSK reserve the right to cancel memberships at any time and for any reason, and to refuse new membership applications.
  • Please feel free to speak to any of the instructors about any concerns, comments or complaints and we will do our best to resolve any issues. It is extremely important to us that you are happy with your training and membership, and we welcome your feedback.

Code of Conduct

In the interests of all students and instructors, we ask all members/parents to read, understand and adhere to our Code of Conduct. This will allow us to provide tuition to the highest standard as well as being able to provide a safe and positive training environment.

  • All students should bow upon entering and leaving the Dojo.
  • All students should bow to the senior ranked Sensei when entering the Dojo.
  • If the Senior Sensei should enter the class after it has started, the instructor will stop the class and all will bow towards the Senior Sensei.
  • Always bow to your partner before and after training with them.
  • Classes may already be running when you arrive, so please wait quietly outside the training area until called into the Dojo by an instructor.
  • All students should wear a clean, ironed Karate Gi with an MSK badge, to every class.
  • Dressing and undressing in the Dojo is not permitted.
  • All students should ensure that their belt is tied before joining the class.
  • If a belt or Gi, needs to be adjusted or tied, students should wait for a suitable break in training before turning away from the class instructor and adjusting their uniform or belt.
  • No eating or chewing of gum is allowed in class.
  • No jewellery or watches should be worn while training. If it is not possible to remove jewellery, it should be suitably covered.
  • For safety, fingernails and toenails should be kept short.
  • All mobile phones should be switched off or put on silence whilst the class is in progress, unless it is required for emergencies, in which case prior permission must be obtained from the instructor.
  • Poor behaviour and bad language will not be tolerated anywhere in the Dojo.
  • Students should line up in grade order, senior grade to the right, unless otherwise instructed.
  • When forming class lines, the higher graded student should always stand to the right. If they are the same grade then the student who graded to that level first should stand to the right.
  • If you join the class after the class has started you should wait in sieza (kneeling) position at an appropriate place at the side. Once the instructor has acknowledged you, bow when approached by the instructor, apologise for your late arrival, upon which, the instructor will allow/or not allow you to join the class. You will usually be asked to join the back line, and may be instructed to find your correct position at a later time.
  • Students are not allowed to leave the class without the permission of the instructor.
  • If a student has to leave before the end of the class, they must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the commencement of the class.
  • If the instructor asks the students to move to the back of the class and wait until they are called back to the Dojo floor, students should be aware that they are still in the class and should behave accordingly.
  • While training in the Dojo, students should concentrate on the task at hand and not get involved with idle chatter. Focus and concentration should be maintained at all times.
  • Senior Instructors should be referred to and addressed as Sensei.  All Black belts are not equal, and there is only one Sensei per Dojo.
  • Junior instructors should be referred to and addressed as Sempai (senior / older brother).
  • When there are visitors to the club or one is attending competition / official gathering always address the Senior Instructor as Sensei – to display respect.
  • All students are expected to be courteous and understanding. Advanced students are expected to set a good example to new students and assist such students whenever necessary.
  • It is seen as bad etiquette for students who are training in a class to talk to a student/person who is not in the class, while the class is in progress.
  • It is not permitted to talk to a student or teach a student from the side of the class if you’re not in the class and also if you have not had permission from the instructor.
  • Treat your fellow students with respect. Always strive for the correct attitude and sense of purpose in your training with fellow students.
  • Train for healthy competition.
  • Take responsibility for upholding our Dojo rules.
  • To comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy, no photography or filming of the class is permitted.
  • If for any reason the instructor is not present once the start time of the class has arrived, the next highest graded student (insured student) should start the class.
  • Any substitute teacher or class assistant should be treated with the same level of courtesy and respect as your regular instructor.
  • No announcements should be made at the start or end of the class without prior knowledge and permission from the instructor.