NINJUTSU INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION POLICY

DOJO ETIQUETTE
All members are expected to know and follow all of these guidelines. Please make yourself familiar with the ‘Dojo rules, manners and behavior’ document and online terms and conditions as well as these guidelines.

BE PUNCTUAL
Please respect your fellow students by arriving to class on time. Training in a dojo is a group learning experience as well as an individual one. The formal ‘bow in’ and ‘bow out’ is a tradition to be respected and must be performed every class.
If you do arrive after the class has bowed in, do the formal kneeling ‘bow in’ facing the class, by the entrance to the training floor and wait there quietly in seiza until recognized by the instructor to come onto the mat/training space. Remember to bow to the Sensei teaching the class as well as the dojo space as you enter. Late attendance means class doesn’t count towards assessment/grading.

ATTENDANCE
All students are expected to attend or train in at least one sessions per week. Every attempt should be made to schedule outside activities around class meeting times.
It is in the student's own interest to obtain the maximum instruction possible. Students can train at any dojo, as often as desired for our unlimited access fee.
41 lessons minimum out of 46 (90%) required for each level (all 46 lessons required for Shodan-ho level).

DOJO SAFETY
The attitude in the dojo is one of respect for yourself as well as for others.
NO swearing, inappropriate, abusive, discriminatory or foul language.
We train for growth and understanding. Competition shall not be brought into the training. Disrespect, swearing, abusiveness, violence and unwarranted aggression is a statement of weakness, not strength.
Treat your training partner with respect this includes training to their limitations, getting permission before handling any training equipment other than your own. Do not use/handle any weapons outside of the weapons appropriate training. Blades with a cutting edge must be brought to the instructor's attention and used only at the appropriate level and only at the discretion and under supervision of a Sensei. No food is allowed on the Dojo training floor and do not leave rubbish in the dojo. Remove ALL jewelry before training.

DRESS CODE
The proper dress code requires our black or blue/indigo Shozoku (pants and jacket uniform) as supplied by the organisation with screen printing and/or embroidery and an obi with a color that matches your current ranking. Optional custom uniform (approved) may be worn from Shoden level on. 
A plain black t-shirt, singlet, crop top or a Ninjutsu International logo t-shirt can be worn under the training top (optional). T-Shirts may not be worn instead of the Jacket at any time. Any appropriate insignia should be worn on the uniform in the proper places with the organisation insignia on the left front side over the ‘heart’.
Do not wear other martial arts uniforms or insignia especially the Tomoe (looks like the Roku Daijin).
The Roku Daijin must be earned and may be worn only if it has been officially awarded.
No level insignia or incomplete uniform, wrong colored T-shirt etc. = No training, No exception!

OTHER MARTIAL ARTS
While we acknowledge, respect and even practice defenses against other Martial Art systems at times in our training, we must keep in mind that this dojo is a Ninjutsu training hall (we are NOT a MMA or freestyle organisation). It is for this reason that we do not permit other martial arts to be demonstrated or practiced in our dojo during class. Do not bring other arts weapons to our dojo or attempt to train in weapons above your level. The practice of arts other than Ninjutsu shall be practiced elsewhere and/or at another time if so desired.

Please note: levels in Ninjutsu are not considered in the same way as in other styles, one’s actual ability to perform the techniques of our style proficiently is the only true indicator of one’s knowledge and skill, not the color of a ‘belt’ worn. Pay respect to all other students and teachers alike regardless of level.

DO NOT belittle or boss around a ‘lower’ rank or assume a ‘lower’ rank is less of a Martial Artist, they simply have not been on the journey as long as you might have been.

Levels of significance are Hiden 1st Dan (4+ years min) for mastering Ninpo Taijutsu and the basics of all 9 styles and personal achievement, 5th Dan (approx. 10-15 years) for becoming a fully licensed Senior Instructor (Shidoshi) and 10th Dan (approx. 15-30 years) for mastering the 9 styles (each Dan is one of the 9 styles).
Then Godai (5 elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Void) and Deep spiritual Practice (personal choice) studies continue until Menkyo Kaiten, 5th level 10th Dan (approx. 20-40 years on).

Note; time frames in these higher (Dan) ranks are not carved in stone, different individuals with different life experiences and abilities will naturally progress at a different pace, the amount of practice and commitment one has will also play a large part.

Above all else remember Budo begins and ends in RESPECT and that begins with you!

Ninpo Ikkan,
Sosai Garyu