In our work and efforts to ensure that KSA is a safe space for everyone to train without fear of discrimination, harassment of any type, fear of being bullied or ridicule, or fear of any other forms of exclusion, whether emotional/ mental/ physical/ spiritual/ or gender-based, we have decided to outline our school policies and code of conduct in respect to Instructors, Students, Family, and visitors, including Guest Instructors and visiting class participants. Thus far, these policies have been implied and occasionally mentioned during class times when they have needed addressing, but, for the sake of clarity, Masters Cat and Liz have decided to outline them here.
If there are any questions as to how these guidelines apply, please feel free to speak to Masters Cat or Liz in order to obtain further explanations. We would rather be asked than have the information misunderstood. Here at KSA, your safety, physical, mental, and emotional, is our number one priority; we want KSA to be a place where you can feel safe and supported, always.
As a guideline, KSA Martial Academy follows the Team USA SafeSport policies and rules on abuse, bullying, and proper conduct for Instructors, Students, Parents, and Guests. Please see Master Liz if you have any questions.
Code of Conduct
Instructors must be exemplary models of the Code of Conduct guidelines set forth for all members of the KSA Family as listed below.
Bullying is strictly prohibited at KSA. As an Instructor working to push your students so they can grow, you must walk a very fine line to make sure that the student does not feel bullied into doing something they are not comfortable with. If you feel bullied by anyone in the school, whether Junior, Senior, or even a guest Instructor or a Testing Panelist, please speak to Masters Cat and Liz immediately. If you witness someone being bullied in the school, please intercede immediately and bring it to the attention of Masters Cat and Liz.
Instructors are not permitted to seek out romantic relationships with students of KSA Martial Academy.
No Instructor shall make disparaging comments, gestures, or implications through actions about any member of the KSA Family.
While we at KSA do not believe in negative reinforcement, consequences for unacceptable behavior from any member of the KSA Family must be addressed. Instructors should feel empowered to discipline such behaviors but only through the use of positive reinforcement. If you do not have any experience in this type of response, please see Masters Cat or Liz for more information.
Discrimination, on any basis, is strictly forbidden at KSA.
Because an Instructor is held to a higher standard as a teacher and role model, Instructors can not take any action or make any comments that can be perceived as discriminatory, bullying, ridicule, mocking, or otherwise designed, if not directly intended, to make the receipient of the action feel hurt, attacked, made fun of, etc.
- Refrain from interrupting another Instructor’s class to “correct” a student, to make comments, by speaking over the Lead Instructor, and other such undermining behaviors. In order to assist in a class you are not leading, speak to the Lead Instructor and ask permission.
- Upon arriving at KSA, if a class is taking place, please wait at the edge of the mat nearest to the waiting area for a student to call attention to your arrival, during an appropriate pause in the class, in order to allow the student body to demonstrate the respect your deserve and their appreciation of you hard work. This is not necessary if you arrive between classes. Should you be on the mat teaching or as a student when another Instructor arrives, please take the initiative to, during an appropriate pause in the class, bring the class to attention to welcome the Instructor.
- Refrain from initiating physical displays of affection during or between classes; these include, but are not limited to, hugging, kissing, massaging students (unless appropriate training has be received from the Head Instructors), or any other form of unwanted touch. We must respect the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual boundaries of every member of our KSA Family and refrain from imposing our own boundaries, from projecting or making assumptions about their “emotional needs,” and from taking action based on those assumptions. The martial arts training mat is a unique space in that it uses physical, and often very personal, techniques that can be easily seen as violent, although we utilize them as a means of training self improvement. For both of those reasons, the training space must remain free of any actions that might result in the creation of a negative program which associates violence with affection or that triggers past memories of this in our students.
Remember that we teach a combat sport. The things that we say and do as instructors can either create positive personal dialogues for our students or negative connections that will hurt and hinder them. We must always be vigilant in providing and maintaining a safe space. This means that, because we may not know a students background, we must always default to the highest professionalism and care.
- Upon arriving at the dojo/ dojang (school), all students will be considerate of the common spaces that we share with our neighboring businesses, maintaining noise to a minimum and being respectful of others.
- When entering or leaving the school, especially if there are other classes taking place at that time, students are expected to be considerate and respectful of the rest of the student body, classes, and Instructors, and keep disruptions, such as noise and horseplay, to a minimum.
- All students must bow every time they enter or leave the mat. Turn to face the Shomen (head of the mat space – where the Flags are) and bow, stepping backwards off of the training mat.
- Students must never interrupt a class that is in progress, unless it is an emergency.
- Please clean up after yourselves and your children. This is your home, not your house.
- The dojo provides water for students at no charge and is open to donations of water for the student body. If you take a water bottle, put your name on it. If you do not finish it during your stay at the dojo, take it with you. Do not leave it laying around for someone else to pick up.
- The dojo also provides water high in electrolytes for a small fee. This water is available on the honor system. If you take one of these clearly marked bottles, please leave the money with a note at the front desk.
- We are a pet friendly dojo, however, because we are in a small space, please be sure to speak to Master Cat or Master Liz before bringing a pet into the space.
- Please do not leave any children unattended in the common areas or dojo seating area.
- Because we are a Safe Space, absolutely no bullying, degrading or disparaging comments, or unwanted touch will be tolerated. Such behavior is grounds for expulsion from the dojo.
- All students are expected to follow the dress code dictated by the art they are practicing. We understand that there are special cases that may, on rare occasion, make this difficult; however, it is important that all students wear the correct uniform, belt, and/ or corresponding rank shirts to class. It is a form of respect and is crucial to your peers to understand when they are training with a Junior or Senior student.
- When we welcome a new student to class, all students are expected to treat that person with respect and kindness. Remember, just because they are new to the class does not mean that they are new to the art — they may, in fact, out-rank you. Be humble and respectful.
- All students are expected to keep their uniforms and gear clean, finger and toe nails properly trimmed and cleaned, and maintain good hygiene. We practice a sport that already risks potential injury, by not maintaining a proper level of self care and hygiene, we risk increasing that risk with infection.
- Students with chronic health conditions or injuries are required to advise Masters Cat and Liz before joining class. This will ensure that, should there be a medical emergency, we are able to provide the proper levels of care.
- Clean any equipment that you borrow from the school.
- If you get cut and bleed during training or release some other bodily fluid, immediately call attention to the area so that no one will come into contact with it, secure latex gloves and disinfectant wipes, and clean up your own mess. If you are unable to do so, seek out an instructor to help you do this or do it for you. If you see blood or other bodily fluids on the mat, even if they are not yours, call attention to the area and call an instructor for clean up.