Instructor Code of Conduct

Southern Cross Bujutsu (SCB) prides itself on having instructors with the highest possible level of professionalism and training. There are a number of our senior students who assist with classes.

It is important that our students and the parents of our junior students know the requirements and expectations we have for our assistant instructors.

It is important that all students, parents and other instructors be treated with the utmost courtesy and respect.  Nothing should be said or done that will make a student feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.

The following guidelines should be followed:


  • Keep in mind the DOJO RULES and ensure that all students adhere to them.
  • Ensure that the mat/training areas and equipment is safe to use and clean.
  • Follow a lesson plan, and ensure that an adequate warm up and stretching routine is performed in every class. (Late students must warm up before joining the rest of the class.)
  • Teach only techniques you are qualified to teach and techniques that suit the training age of the student.  The student should have adequate background knowledge of the necessary skills needed to safely perform the technique (progressive learning).
  • Students should be learning in a comfortable and safe environment where they can have fun.
  • In SCB classes, the ratio of students to instructors/assistants should be no more than 6:1 for juniors and 10:1 for adults.  Do not overcrowd the mat area, and perform only those techniques that can safely be done in the space available.
  • If you have students with disabilities in your class, ensure that they practice techniques suited to their abilities, and that you have adequate help.
  • Make sure that all your students (especially new ones) know all the rules.  That they take care when applying techniques to their training partners, that they know to tap off when a lock is applied, that their falling skills are adequate for the techniques being practiced.
  • Match training partners appropriately in terms of skill level and size.  It is often necessary to separate siblings (and sometimes husbands and wives!), as they tend to argue with each other.
  • No student, or instructor, is allowed to train, teach or be on the mats, who appears to be , or you know to be, under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Injuries, first aid and follow up.

  • If any student sustains an injury during the class, they must cease training immediately. If the incident is minor (e.g. a scraped knuckle or mat burn, then the wound should be cleaned, bleeding controlled, wound covered with an adequate dressing and the student may recommence training.  Report more serious injuries to the chief instructor and ensure that first aid is given if needed.  Advise student (or parents) to seek medical advice if they are at all concerned. Fill in an incident report if needed.
  • Clean up any spills of blood or other body fluids (including sweat) immediately from the training area and equipment.

Instructor education and qualifications.

Keep up to date your own:

  • training;
  • first aid qualifications; and
  • coaching qualifications

Attend coach training seminars and clinics whenever you can (SCB will pay for these). There are regular courses conducted by Sports Medicine Australia, the Department of Sport and Recreation and other sporting bodies. We will notify you of courses as they become available, please take advantage of these opportunities.