Sefshin (the secret combat of fire) is a scientific approach to develop the mind and body to its ultimate potential, a way of life, a way of honour and a way of dignity.
This way oflife truly emphasises the development of any single person that becomes a student of Sefshin. This code of conduct should be used together with physical training so that positive behaviour flows and becomes apparent through anyone that practises this art.
These codes are based on the shared respect between all students and masters that work together to honour the name of Sefshin. A practitioner is expected to show a deep understanding of respect to every individual inside, and outside of the class. They should behave in a way that proudly enhances the reputation of a true martial artist, and Sefshin International Federation.
Part One - Sefshin Class Regulations
The right to refuse admission or cancel application is the right of the instructor in charge.
- Personal insurance is recommended for each individual.
- Smoking, drinking, eating or any intoxication of the body has no place in the place of practice.
- Chewing gum, spitting, conversing loud or joking will not be tolerated and is considered to be rude.
- Leaning against the wall, standing cross armed, looking out the window or at the clock is not appropriate.
- Jewellery should not be worn in the training area.
- Personal hygiene is important and every effort should be made to attend class in a well groom manner.
- The uniform should be clean at all times.
- Fingernail and toenail should be kept short for the safety for others
- Conversing with each other in the place of practice should be kept to a bare minimum
- Student should remove their shoes and bow when entering and leaving the place of Practice, this is to show your respect and your modesty.
- We should bow before and after practicing with each other.
- Students should try their best not to arrive late. If a student attends late to class they should go to the end of the place of practice and sit in a Zazen position until recognized by the instructor and then bow before joining the class.
- If a student needs to leave early they should inform the instructor before class and grant permission for leaving early.
- Always be respectful to the instructor, senior belt participant and fellow students.
- When the highest superior belt enters the dojo the appropriate title should be addressed.
- Any substitute instructor authorized by the federation should be treated with the same respect as the regular Instructor.
- If a student needs to adjust their uniform (komo) they should turn away from the instructor.
- If a student is unable to make two or more practice session, they must give notice to the instructor in charge.
- If a student does not attend class for over a month with or without notice, they will be revaluated to determine their current standard.
- If a student feels ill before or during the class the instructor should be informed immediately.
- Starting formation should always begin with the senior belt at the far left of the front row, and then continuing rightwards in descending order of belt ranking. The second highest senior belt should be at the end of the back row.
- At the end of class, all students will stand in the ready position and the instructor will bow towards the Master of the class and then all who are present will also bow and loudly repeat the appropriate title.
- When inside the training area, socialising should be kept to a minimum before and after the class. Students should leave promptly after the session has ended.
- Students should not change into or out of their uniform in the place of practise.
- Whoever is performing a kata, classical Kumite, demonstrating a technique, or addressing the class should pay respect to the master of the session before and after. This includes group and solo performances.