The traditional customs observed in karate come from the roots of Japanese culture.  In following these customs, you are showing your respect for the martial art and all that it encompasses, including respect for the training dojo, your instructor and your fellow students.  This is not just another form of competitive sport, MMA or an exercise class.  By learning karate, you are following the path of 'bushido', i.e. the warrior code of honour and morals understanding the importance of humility and responsibility for your actions.

At first, these customs may be a little confusing for new students.  Just think of entering a dojo being like walking into a tiny world of Japanese tradition, its part of what gives this martial art more meaning.  Below are some handy guides on what to do.

Check out the sources for more awesome content at:

Ryan Hayashi on YouTube

Karate Dojo waKu

Karate by Jesse