Student Guide

Getting on and off the Mat

Whenever you wish to get on or off the mat step on the edge of the mat, face the Shomen, and bow. Remember, no shoes are permitted on the mat. Leave your shoes at the edge of the mat. Always leave them neat and orderly. Your thoughtful consideration of the smallest detail is part of your training.


Sometimes individuals will wear socks on their feet during practice. The most common reasons for this are extremely cold feet or the need to hold a bandage in place over a minor foot injury. While not recommended (it can be quite slippery on the mat with socks on your feet) it is permitted as long as your are extremely careful at all times.