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Show respect for higher-rank students and fellow students
- Use control in free-sparring and step-sparring.
- Bow to partner when exchanging training equipment.
- Seek assistance from your seniors when the instructor is not present.
- Bow to your seniors before addressing them and bow again when the conversation is finished.
- When addressing higher rank students, use "sir" or "ma'am."
- If you are called upon or are told to do something by a higher-rank belt, answer with "Yes sir/ma’am!"
- Higher belts may instruct you (although they are not black belts). When they are instructing you, give them the respect and attention you would to any instructor.
- Turn away from the instructor, ceremonial wall, higher rank student, or opponent when adjusting your uniform or belt.
- Never display a bad temper toward an instructor or fellow student.
- Show respect for lower-rank students by observing the following:
- If a junior displays a lack of knowledge of a rule or technique, it is the responsibility of the senior to inform, clarify, or teach.
- Show respect for weapons and equipment by observing the following:
- All teaching aids must be treated with respect, whether they are real weapons, such as a sword or club; simulated weapons, such as wooden dowels or plastic knives; or equipment, such as targets, shields, sparring equipment, or mats.
- When giving any weapon or equipment to another student, hold it palm up in both hands or with the other hand supporting the wrist from below, and bow slightly.
- Always keep weapons or equipment by your right side when on the mat
- Never step over any weapon or equipment lying on the mat.