Code of Behaviour

To protect the health, safety and well-being of all the people participating in the activities of the SAKF the following codes of behaviour have been developed and issued.

  • General Code of Behaviour
  • Administrator Code of Behaviour
  • Students Code of Behaviour
  • Parent/Guardian Code of Behaviour
  • Instructor Code of Behaviour

 

1.GENERAL CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

As a member of the SAKF, or member association or an affiliated club or a person required complying with this policy, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any activity held or sanctioned by the SAKF and in any role you hold within the SAKF:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
  • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
  • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions.
  • Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adhesion to the SAKF standards, rules, regulations and policies.
  • Do not use your involvement with the SAKF to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of the SAKF.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example.
  • Refrain from any form of harassment of others.
  • Refrain from any behaviour that may bring the SAKF into disrepute.
  • Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
  • Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Understand the repercussions if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of, this Code of Behaviour.

 

2.ADMINISTRATOR CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

In addition to the SAKF General Code of Behaviour, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any activity held by or under the auspices of the SAKF and in your role as an administrator of the SAKF:

  • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
  • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions.
  • Your language, presentation, manners and punctuality should reflect high standards.
  • Resolve conflicts fairly and promptly through established procedures.
  • Maintain strict impartiality.
  • Be aware of your legal responsibilities.

 

3.STUDENTS CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

In addition to SAKF General Code of Behaviour, as a student/participant in any activity held by or under the auspices of SAKF you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such activity or event:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of fellow students, instructors, and spectators.
  • Refrain from conduct which could be regarded as harassment towards fellow students and instructors.
  • Do not tolerate acts of aggression.
  • Respect the talent, potential and development of fellow students.
  • Care for and respect the equipment provided to you as part of your program.
  • Be frank and honest with your instructor concerning illness and injury and your ability to train fully within the program requirements.
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner relating to language, temper and punctuality.
  • Maintain high personal behaviour standards at all times.
  • Abide by the rules and respect the decisions of the instructors, making all appeals through the formal process and respecting the final decision.
  • Be honest in your attitude and preparation to training.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your club.
  • Cooperate with instructors in development of programs to adequately prepare you for promotions and competitions.

 

4.PARENT/GUARDIAN CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

In addition to the SAKF General Code of Behaviour, as a parent/guardian of a player/participant in any activity held by or under the auspices of the SAKF, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such activity or event:

  • Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Never ridicule or yell at your child and other children for making a mistake.
  • Show appreciation for good performance and skilful displays by all students.
  • Respect the instructors’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • Do not physically or verbally abuse anyone associated with the sport.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

 

5.INSTRUCTOR CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

In addition to the SAKF General Code of Behaviour, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any activity held or sanctioned by the SAKF and in your role as an instructor appointed by the SAKF:

  • Treat all students with respect at all times. Be fair, considerate, honest and consistent with them.
  • Refrain from conduct which could be regarded as harassment.
  • Do not tolerate acts of aggression.
  • Provide feedback to students and other participants in a manner sensitive to their needs. Avoid overly negative feedback.
  • Recognise students’ rights to consult with other instructors and advisers.
  • Treat all students fairly within the context of their martial arts activities, regardless of gender, race, place of origin, athletic potential, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, socio-economic status and other conditions.
  • Encourage and facilitate students’ independence and responsibility for their own behaviour, performance, decisions and actions.
  • Encourage students to respect one another and to expect respect for their worth as individuals regardless of their level of skill.
  • Ensure that the tasks/training set are suitable for age, experience, ability and physical and psychological conditions of the students.
  • Ensure any physical contact with students is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the student’s skill development.
  • Be acutely aware of the power that you as an instructor develop with your students in the instructing relationship and avoid any sexual intimacy with them.
  • Avoid situations with your students that could be construed as compromising.
  • Actively discourage the use of the use of illegal substances.
  • Actively discourage the use of the use of alcohol and tobacco if seen to be used excessively by the student.
  • Do not exploit any instructor/student relationship to further personal, political, or business interests at the expense of the best interest of your students.
  • Accept and respect the role of administrators.
  • Know and abide by rules, regulations and standards, and encourage students to do likewise.
  • Accept both the letter and the spirit of the rules.
  • Be honest and ensure that qualifications are not misrepresented.

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* This “Codes of Behaviour” was adapted from the Golden Knights Martial Arts Group, based in South Australia, after explicit permission was obtained from Gary MacRae, Chief Instructor and Founder of Golden Knights Martial Arts (Kin Bushi Ryu). URL: www.goldenknights.com.au

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