All Kenpo students learn a salutation that, depending on their tradition, may be used at the start and end of class, and before and after every form. The Kenpo salutation has a statement that was to be recited as the salutation was performed. According to the Founder Ed Parker, Sr. the statement was:
We the warriors and scholars come together,
To go forth, back to back to pull our country together,
We are unarmed, we conceal our weapons,
And pray for forgiveness if we are forced to use them.
The purpose of the salutation is to put the student in the correct mind frame as they begin their practice. There are variations from dojo to dojo in how the salutation is performed and what words are spoken with it. A written description of the salutation follows below:
Sensei Derek Griffioen demonstrates the Salutation from the front view.
Sensei Derek Griffioen demonstrates the Salutation from the side view.
Another part of etiquette is proper attire. In the dojo, we wear a black uniform. Typically, the uniform has a large crest on the back of the jacket representing the dojo, a smaller crest on the front left breast to represent the discipline at a minimum. And part of wearing the uniform is the correct tying of the belt. Below is a video clip of Sempai Kira Trombley demonstrating the correct tying of the belt. Practice until you are able to tie your belt with your eyes closed.