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.
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.
- Instructors will:
- 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 between classes and from any physical displays of affection during class. 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.