Students will address all instructors properly as: Sensei or Sempai. It is necessary to respect the way in which a Sensei conveys the teachings of Koga Ryu Ninjitsu. It is the moral responsibility of each student not to use any Ninjitsu techniques to harm another person or as a way to display ego, unless he/she, or those, to which the student feels the moral responsibility to protect, is directly or indirectly threatened.

There will be no ego conflicts on the mat. There will be no competition on the mat. The purpose of Koga Ryu Ninjitsu is to teach effective martial art techniques and strategies for use in defending oneself or defending others. Due to the nature of the training the student has a moral responsibility to practice in a restrained and disciplined way. Always show proper respect towards your training partner.

Insolence will not be tolerated. We must all be aware of our limitations. Everyone has different physical abilities and different reasons for study. These must be respected. True Ninjitsu is the proper and flexible application of techniques appropriate to any changing circumstance. It is your responsibility to cause no injury. You must protect your training partner and yourself. Receive Sensei’s instructions and carry out his suggestions for training sincerely and to the best of your abilities. There is no room for argument.

Upon entering and leaving the practice area of the dojo make a standing bow. A few minutes before time for practice to begin, you should be warmed up, and formally in order of rank. It is the responsibility of the senior student to enforce this.

The class is opened and closed with a formal ceremony. It is important to be on time and participate in this ceremony, but if you are unavoidably late you should wait, until the Sensei signals permission for you to join the class. It is most important that you do not disrupt the class in doing so.

During class when Sensei demonstrates a technique for practice, you should watch quietly and attentively. When the end of a technique is signaled, stop immediately. Bow to your partner and quickly line up with the other students. If it is necessary to ask a question of Sensei, go to him, never call him over, and wait for his acknowledgement. If you know the movement being studied, and are working with someone who does not, you may lead the person through it. But do not attempt to correct or instruct your training partner if you are not of a more senior level.

You may at times receive instruction from a Sensei from another Dojo that may differ from the style taught in your Dojo, each Sensei has his/her own style of training, if it is not incorrect, but different, and will still do the task at hand, accept this as an experience.