Sometimes we can become a little lax in displaying proper courtesy and etiquette during our training. Remember that you cannot train without other people to practice with. They are giving up their time for your training as are the instructors running the session.
So here are some ideas to govern your conduct during training sessions. Some may comment that this is overly formal. In some ways this is true, but it is partly the intent. We should be training with a level of seriousness. We only have a limited amount of time to train and practice, so it is important that we make the most of it. A degree of formality helps in the smooth running of a class. It is also important to extend respect and courtesy to those you train with. Remember we are all armed…
Turn up with enough time to be ready at the start of the training session/class.
Be ready on time and always move quickly throughout the class.
Stack all your personal items and gear neatly against the wall or at the side of the area.
Treat your sword as you would a real weapon. Do not lean on it or throw it.
It is extremely rude to talk during a class. If you need clarification on any point then ask the instructor directly.
Keep your harness in good condition (wax steel to prevent rust, fix straps and points and keep clothing laundered).
Do not step over anyone’s equipment — including your own.
Do not touch anyone else’s equipment (even to move it out of the way) without first asking permission.
If you MUST take a break during class, politely salute out. Take a moment to catch your breath or cool down if necessary and then work your way back into class. If you have to leave the session for any reason, please let someone know.
Respond with ‘yes’ or ‘sir’ when given and instruction. This lets the person running the session know you have understood what is required and/or you are ready.
Salute your partner at the beginning and end of any exercise.
Drills are not a game of tag. Focus on doing the movements correctly and always reacting appropriately so that you and your partner both benefit from the drill.