Karate is different from any other sports because a student does not only learn and improve his ability and technical skill, but learns how to respect him/herself and others. Part of this respect is gained through the Dojo Etiquette.
What is this Dojo Etiquette?
It is nothing more than a small part of the Dojo Kun (the philosophy that each karateka tries to live with), Respect Propriety (respect the correct order of things and how they should be done). Thus, in the dojo each student learns to follow rules in order to build a respectable character.
Any other behaviour that is likely to offend the Dojo Etiquette is not allowed.
After practising this behaviour for a number of years, it becomes part and parcel with one’s attitude and character. The student will become an exemplary citizen, strong from the inside while kind and humble on the outside. This is the way of Karate. This is what the Shotokan Karate-DO Association is all about.