Rules and polices of the TSKA
The TSKA and all its members abide by the Code of Ethics policy as established by the NAKMAS Governing Body to which the TSKA is affiliated.
The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to establish and maintain standards for martial arts instructors and volunteers, and to inform and protect members of the public. Ethical standards comprise such values as integrity, competence, and confidentiality. Members of NAKMAS agreeing to this Code, accept their responsibility to students, colleagues, the NAKMAS NGB and to society.
- Always bow when entering or leaving the Dojo. This also applies when on courses in sports centres etc.
- If the class has started, kneel and wait to be invited to join the class by the instructing Sensei then perform a kneeling bow (don’t rush) and join the class. When joining the class do not walk in front of the instructor or the class.
- Always try to be on time.
- When wishing to speak to your instructor (in the Dojo always refer to him/her as sensei (no matter how friendly you may be outside the Dojo).
- Always ask permission to leave the Dojo during the class.
- Do not eat, drink or smoke in the Dojo.
- Do not come to the Dojo to watch if you are injured or sick without first asking permission from the instructing Sensei. If you can make it to the Dojo you can train. Your Sensei will use discretion where injuries are concerned. You will never be asked to do anything you are not capable of. If the reason for not training is financial, talk to your instructor, it can be sorted out.
- Never come to the Dojo without a clean (not necessarily ironed) gi. It is most unpleasant to train beside a smelling karate ka. Make sure you also have clean nails, and they are short, etc.
- Always behave with sincerity in the Dojo. Honour the Dojo oath. Do not just pay them lip service.
- Always train hard and with spirit, especially when you are tired. Perform each kick, punch, and block as though your life depends on it.
- Always try and enter into the true spirit of Shotokan karate when training. This can be difficult sometimes if you are unwell or have worries, problems, etc. but always try. Remember there are many imitations – but only one Shotokan.
- Try always to train at the Dojo at least twice a week, this is the minimum required to make real progress. Practice every day yourself at home or work, even for a few minutes. Remember the effect of training is cumulative.
- Concentrate on everything your sensei tells you. Watch also with concentration all demonstrations, or when higher graded students are training and you are not. Remember, there are always three sensei present in any Dojo: 1) Your instructor; 2) Your ears and 3) Your eyes.
- Do not be too impatient to advance through the grades. Remember karate is for life not just a few years. If you fail a grading it is not a slight on you personally, train harder for the next time. If you work hard you will pass eventually.
- Always practice the three principal elements of karate. Remember with Kata and Kihon there can be not true Kumite.
- Read as much as you can about karate and other relative martial arts.
- If you do not understand something, ask.
For more detailed information on the NAKMAS Code of Ethics policy please contact the TSKA.
- That KYU grades shall have a minimum of 3 months between each grade, with training at least twice a week.
- That 1st KYU to 1st DAN shall be 6 months before taking grading and members must also be a full 1st KYU before taking the 1st Dan grading.
- That students should attend a minimum of two brown and black belt courses per year before being eligible to take Dan grades.
- Shodan to Nidan – minimum of 2 years.
- If any members fail a grading, they have to wait a further period of time as stated by the examiner.
- Members found to be breaking the Rules of Grading times shall not be recognised by the TSKA.
- In the progression up to and including 1st KYU, members must have had at least one grading under a TSKA examiner.
- That all Karateka must hold a current licence and record book before they can take a grading.
Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy
The TSKA and all its members abides by the NAKMAS Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy as established by the NAKMAS Governing Body to which the TSKA is affiliated.
NAKMAS and its National Management Committee are committed to creating and maintaining safe and enjoyable environment for all children and young people to take part in a martial art. This policy applies to all individuals involved, whether paid or unpaid, in any capacity within NAKMAS.
- The aim of the NAKMAS NGB Safeguarding and Protection Policy is to promote good practice;
- Providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst I the care of NAKMAS, its staff, clubs, instructors and volunteers.
- Allowing all staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific safeguarding and protection issues.
The following principles are used to fulfil these aims:
- The safety and welfare of children and young people is paramount
- All children and young people, water their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
- All concerns and allegations will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with these procedures.
- All staff (paid/unpaid) working sport have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer and/or statutory agencies. Staff/volunteers are not trained to deal with situations of abuse or to decide if abuse has occurred.
- To accept the moral and legal responsibility to implement procedures, to provide a duty of care for children and young people, safeguard their well-being and protect them from abuse.
- Respond to any allegations appropriately and implement the appropriate disciplinary and appeals procedures. Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children and young people.
- Recruit, check train and govern instructors and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard children and young people from abuse, and themselves false allegations.
- Require instructors and volunteers to adobt and abide by the NAKMAS NGB;s Welfare Policy and Codes of Practice.
- NAKMAS recognises the role and responsibilities of the experts and statutory agencies in safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults and is committed to complying with the procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and social services.
- A child is defined as ‘anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday’ (The Children Acts 1989 and 2004).
Summary of the key areas of the policy
- Guidance and legislation
- Roles and responsibilities
- Promoting good practice
- Good practice guidelines
- Relationships of Trust
- Use of photographic/video equipment
- Use of Social Network Sites on the internet
- Recruitment and training of staff, instructors and volunteers
- Appointment of Club/Association Welfare Officer(s)
- Additional training
- Recognition of abuse, poor practice and bullying
- Reporting allegations or concerns/procedures
DBS check procedure (Steve did I send to you the document for this for people to download? This needs to go in here)
All Instructors and volunteers are required to complete an instructors or assistant instructors (volunteers) form and this form will elicit information about an applicant’s past and a self-disclosure about any criminal record.
Any member of the TSKA in a position of teaching will need to complete the form for an Enhanced Disclosure / PVG Scheme Record.
Enhanced Disclosures need to be done on members who ‘are given responsibility of being in a supervisory role in a regulated activity’, and renewed every three years.
A requirement of an Enhanced Disclosure, evidence of identity should be provided, two confidential references, including one regarding previous work with children and checks on the applicant’s technical qualifications, with proof of grades required.
For more detailed information on the NAKMAS Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy please contact the TSKA.
The TSKA abides by the NAKMAS Equality Policy and all its instructors are expected to complete the NAKMAS Coach Development Programme – Equality Awareness Module.
We are committed to eliminating discrimination and encourage diversity amongst our workforce and membership. Our aim is that our workforce and members hop will be representative of all sections of society, and each employee, officer, volunteer, official and member feels respected and able to give their best.
It is the aim to ensure that everyone; irrespective of gender, disability, race, age, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marital status, colour, ethnic origin or social status; has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in marital arts, at all levels and in all roles. No individual will be put at a disadvantage by imposing any conditions or requirements which cannot be justified. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
Everyone will be treated fairly and with respect and selection will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. Everyone will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential; including the use of positive action if justified; and the talents and resources of the workforce and members will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the governing body.
For more detailed information on the NAKMAS Equality Policy please contact the TSKA.
It is the responsibility of NAKMAS Management, instructors, volunteers and students alike to ensure that health and safety is considered at all times in and around the martial arts environment. It is possible for everyone from ground level upwards to be sued if there is an incident compromising someone’s safety, and with this in mind, this Health and Safety Policy gives everyone the best chance of avoiding such actions.
The promotion of safety is all important and is the responsibility of management and members. Responsibility includes the promotion of safety in the form of the NAKMAS Health & Safety Policy, safety training via coach development, information and supervision and compliance with appropriate legislation. The member’s responsiblility includes a constant awareness for the safety to him/herself and the students.
- Screening members
- All new members must complete the pre-training screening form
- A full student licence application must be completed by the end of the 4th week of training.
- Any disclosures of medical conditions must be considered and appropriate actions taken (See NAKMAS Health & Safety Policy for full recommendations)
- Safe training areas
- Protective equipment
- Safe warm-up and exercising
- Cool down
- First Aid
- Accident reporting
- Fire Drills/Precautions
- Refer to the Safeguarding and Protection of Young People Policy
- Use of Weapons
Additional points for consideration
- Ensure that ALL insurances are up to date and all students are insured.
- It is the responsibility of the club to keep a record of student’s licence details and expiry dates. Insurances should be renewed before they expire. The TSKA administrator can provide the club Instructor and/or secretary with an up to date list of members licenced in that club with their expiry dates.
For more detailed information on the NAKMAS Health & Safety Policy please contact the TSKA.