This statement for the IUKF provides a guideline for behavior of instructors towards students and between students. Martial Arts and Self Defense training plays an important part in a student s life and as such places a responsibility on the school, instructors, senior students and school director to provide quality instruction. The following Rules of Behavior and Ethics supplement the IUKF code of conduct.They seek to enhance the standards of dojos and apply Master Kanei Uechi s Precepts for the Uechi-Ryu Practitioner. All members of the IUKF must agree to the Code of Conduct and Ethics.
Instructors and students will behave in an appropriate manner at all times as defined by this Code of Conduct and Ethics.
1. All dojo will make an effort to maintain a clean and safe environment.
2. Decor should be simple, in good taste and reflect a high regard for the traditions of the martial arts.
3. Equipment that promotes personal safety and minimizes injury will be used.
1. Physical or emotional abuse will not be tolerated.
2. Students and instructors will maintain appropriate behavior at all times (examples of inappropriate behavior include: swearing, fighting, teasing, sexual innuendo etc.).
3. The instructor should inquire about any physical limitations of his or her students. Instructors should not force a students beyond these limitations.
4. It is recommended that Instructors be certified in First Aid and CPR.
Minor Children (under the age of 13) and Minors (under the age of 18)
1. Extra care must be taken in the instruction of children and minors accounting for their state of
physical, psychological and emotional development.
2. It is recommended that a responsible adult in addition to the instructor be present when instructing minor children, an instructor should not be alone with a minor.
3. It is the responsibility of parents or guardians to insure that children arrive safely and return safely
from class. In this respect the dojo will require a list of individuals authorized to pick up minor children from class. Minor children will not be permitted to leave the premises with persons not on this list. Parents can, however, give their children permission to walk home alone or with other minors or adults, but must inform the instructor.
4. Any physical injury or perceived injury must immediately be brought to the attention of a parent or guardian.
5. Corporal punishment is not allowed. Parents and/or guardians will be informed in advance that reprimanding will be applied as necessary, but within the limits as defined by these Guidelines. It is recommended that parents and/or guardians be involved in serious disciplinary actions (e.g. withholding rank or dismissal from class.)
6. If appropriate, parents and/or guardians should be encouraged to view the teaching of the minor children s classes.
7. Perceptions of bullying behavior, physical or emotional problems will be brought to the attention of a parent and/or guardian so that they can be evaluated. Instructors and senior students are NOT physicians, child psychologists or therapists and are NOT permitted to diagnose nor treat physical, emotional or psychological problems of any student.
8. An instructor may not check (i.e. physically touch) a student without their consent, if a minor child, this also includes the parent and/or guardian. It is recommended that this be included in any release or consent form and that the instructor explain the importance of checking . This includes Sanchin, using a student as an Uke, or similar circumstances.
9. Minor children are not to be hard tested in Sanchin, or at any other time. Conditioning exercises in the traditional sense, involving hard striking to the body, are not to be performed with minor children.
10. If an instructor observes what appears to be evidence of physical abuse within the dojo upon the person of a minor student, the instructor should notify the Senior Instructor or a member of the Board of Directors of the IUKF. If the source of abuse is outside of the dojo the instructor should contact the minor student's school or the appropriate Family Services Agency.
Emotional and Psychological Well Being of Students
1. No instructor or senior student will use their position of authority to take advantage of a student.
2. No instructor or senior student will behave in such a manner as to intentionally create or promote an unhealthy emotional or psychological dependency on them.
3. An instructor should strive to avoid problematic dual relationships (e.g. dating, business deals) with students and must understand that outside-of -classroom relationships can potentially confuse and detract from a student s learning and development. In case of a potential dual relationship the instructor will attempt to make allowances for the imbalance of power in the relationship by having other instructors grade or promote the student. The instructor will avoid any behavior which even gives the impression of favoritism.
4. The effectiveness of martial arts techniques are highly dependent on the abilities and experiences of the individuals who apply them. Beyond those limitations, the instructor will attempt to convey a realistic appraisal of the effectiveness of self defense techniques. The instructor will not convey a false sense of security in self defense techniques.
5. No instructor or student will behave in such a manner as to cause or promote a student s emotional or psychological dependency. This includes references to mystical powers, special or secret knowledge etc..
6. Though traditions are extremely important in the Martial Arts they are only to be used in accordance with the above guidelines .
7. The manner in which instructors and students address each other will be determined by the individual dojo. If traditional titles are used, they will be carefully defined by the instructor as follows:
Instructor in the manner of a title such as Professor Smith. Sensei does not convey nor will be used to convey any meaning beyond the title of teacher.
One who has gone before, or Senior Student.
Someone who possesses great knowledge and ability in a martial art that is compatible with uechi-ryu karate and who is a gifted teacher in this area of expertise. (See Roles: Student-Teacher)
The IUKF is strongly opposed to sexual harassment. Members of the IUKF must be made aware that such behavior is prohibited both by law and IUKF policy. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual s training, rank certification, or employment, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Use of Force
1. Instructors must not encourage nor condone the testing out of martial arts skills by students (e.g. seeking to provoke fights or conflicts). When a student reports the use of Martial Arts skills in a conflict, a critical incident debriefing will be conducted. The instructor must be prepared to help the student consider what other options, of lesser destructive potential, might have been chosen.
2. The instructor will acknowledge the regrettable nature of events that required the necessity to use extreme force. Such events will not be glorified.
3. Promotions or special praise as a result of actual fighting are not appropriate.
4. The instruction of self defense and the use of deadly or non-deadly force shall be based on only the legal use of force policies as defined by local, state and federal statutes. Instructors are expected to be familiar with these policies.
5 Instructors will strive to educate students on the legal and moral responsibilities of training in traditional and modern weapons. Students should be actively discouraged from carrying weapons in accordance with local, state and federal statutes and commonly accepted community standards.
Code of Conduct
I. Instructors are expected to help a student as much as is reasonable; in this they may become involved with parents and/or teachers. This should only be done when requested by the parent and/or guardian with their understanding and cooperation. Students who come to the dojo with special problems, whether physical or emotional, will involve a collaboration with a trained and qualified professional as necessary.
II. Instructors and students will act with appropriate behavior and good manners. Crude, rude, sexually explicit talk, innuendo and comments and behavior that degrade others, will not be tolerated and will result in a reprimand. Repeated instances will result in expulsion.
III. Instructors should be made knowledgeable about psychological factors associated with the potential to release a student s destructive aggression. These factors include: obedience to authority, dehumanizing potential opponents, use of disinhibiting or mind-altering substances, operant conditioning of kill reactions , loss of accountability and shame and humiliation as triggers of rage reactions.