Traditional Japanese wisdom is that the study of martial ways (Budo) begins and ends with etiquette. Simply stated, etiquette, in a dojo atmosphere, means that a person involved in the study of martial ways should al-ways exhibit a high sense of self-control and seek to find new ways to in-crease that virtue.
It is no secret that the world today contains many people who treat others as objects.
In contrast, the dojo is a place where everyone should appreciate others and develop interpersonal relationships necessary to further knowledge in the art.
It is simply pleasant to study in an environment where people try hard to accommodate one another. Naturally, we are all human, and as such, inter-personal difficulties often surface.
Thus, it is in the way we deal with these personality difficulties in the dojo that makes the difference. Unless common respect for fellow students becomes a part of dojo life, the dojo ceases to be different from the outside world.
Few people would choose to spend hours of their lives in another heartless environment. So the dojo must be a different place benevolence must replace anger.
Consider others before you consider yourself. To do so it is necessary to understand that small things have great effect.
Over the years, many famous masters of martial arts said that if man could make the world his dojo, mankind would reap the benefits.
The dojo must be where kindness and understanding reign; It must be a refuge from the insensitivity of everyday life. The dojo must be a place of the way where values grow.
In the dojo, training takes precedence over worry. Consideration takes precedence over rudeness.
In many ways the dojo reflects the Spartan domain of the monk. There are few, if any, decorations adorning the walls. Cleanliness is more important than worldliness; quiet is more important than noise.