Players are ambassadors of the club at events and their behaviour is a reflection on the club. Players should not arrive or leave the event in their judo kit, all venues provide changing facilities. Shoes should be worn at all times unless the player is on the mat. Players should not wear judo kit outside the dojo and should maintain the required standards of cleanliness.
Being called to the mat
Players will be called in pairs. The first name called will put on a blue belt and will take a position at the bottom left of the mat. The second name called will put on a white belt and take a position at the bottom right of the mat. Both players will wait to be called forward by the referee.
On being called forward, players will bow to the referee then walk down the outside of the mat to the half way point. If there is a corner referee, walk behind them.
On reaching the half way point turn and walk to the marks near the centre of the mat. The player in the blue belt will stop at the blue mark, the player in the white belt will stop at the white mark.
When both player are at their marks they bow to each other, step over their mark and ready themselves to fight.
The referee will then call Hajime to begin the fight.
During a fight
A player will not question any call given by the referee and will obey all instructions given by the referee.
If an opponent is injured and first aid are called onto the mat then the player will retire to their mark and kneel down. If they cannot kneel at their own mark then they will kneel at their opponents mark or at a reasonable distance from their injured opponent. They will remain until called by the referee.
Leaving the mat
At the end of a fight a players will stand at their mark and wait for the referee to indicate the winner. The players will take one step back and bow then shake hands with their opponent.
The players will then walk to the edge of the mat level with the marks, face inwards and bow. They then leave the mat by walking down the outside of the mat. If there is a corner referee, walk behind them.
On reaching the end of the mat the player turns and bows to the referee before leaving the mat.