Harmonious Art Research, Australia

Code of Conduct

A. Objectives
B. Participant understanding
C. Instructor Qualifications
D. Safety
E. Training area Etiquette
F. Uniforms & Training gear
G. Sparring requirements
H. Sickness or Injury
I. Other health issues
J. Training area ethics
K. Grading conditions
L. Training session restrictions

A. Objectives
1. Providing instruction in a safe environment in Chinese martial art community.
2. Developing the mental and physical tools for improving personal safety and security.
3. Promotion of good health and vitality.
4. Development of positive self-esteem and self-confidence.
5. Development of a person as a positive role model in the community.
6. Creating expertise in confrontation management.
7. Pro-active crime prevention through increased awareness and positive attitudes.
8. Developing healthy community attitudes and values.
All persons participating in a class or course conducted by Harmonious Art Research, Australia (HARA)must agree to be bound by this Code of Conduct. HARA reserves the right to make amendments or additions to this Code of Conduct at any time.

B. Participant Understanding
Chinese Kung Fu is a contact martial art, meaning it involves physical contact with one or more other practitioners in ways designed to simulate as closely as possible the self-defence options available to a practitioner when confronted with physical aggression and/or threatening behaviour. As in any other physically demanding recreational activity, there is always a risk of injury. Any person participating in a class conducted by HARA does so with the full understanding that whilst it is the policy of HARA to minimise this risk, the nature of contact
physical activity prevents its total elimination. Persons participating in a class conducted by HARA do so of their own volition and at their own risk.

C. Instructor Qualifications
1. Instructors must have either a valid Chinese Martial Art Ranking Certificate
( Zhong Guo WuShu Duan Wei Certificate) issued by Chinese WuShu Association or Australian National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) Kung Fu accreditation.
2. Instructors are bound by the "Instructors Code of Ethics" of the Martial Arts Industry Association.
3. Instructors must have current Work Cover approved Senior First Aid certification.
4. Instructors must have in place appropriate public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
5. Instructors will be bound by this Code of Conduct and the National Code of Practise for Martial Arts Instructors.

D. Safety
1. Instructors will ensure that the training area is clear of any dangerous and/or sharp objects that may provide a risk of injury.
2. Instructors will have access at all times to a first aid kit.
3. Persons must not wear jewellery or watches during training.

4. All persons participating in training agree to maintain self-control at all times and maintain all care in the application of any technique.
5. Any person who, in training, exhibits behaviour that, in the judgement of the Instructor, is a danger to other participants, shall not be allowed to continue training until the Instructor determines the danger is no longer present.

E. Training Area Etiquette
1. Persons should be in the appropriate manner upon entering the Training Area.
2. Persons must be punctual, preferably early, so that they are ready to train when class commences.
3. Persons must not chew gum whilst training.
4. Food and/or drink (excluding water) must not be consumed whilst on the training area.
5. Mobile phones should be turned off during training. Mobile phones inadvertently left on during training may not be answered.

F. Uniforms & Training Gear
1.All Persons must wear casual clothing and soft rubber shoes during all training sessions.
2.All clothing must be free of typical logos or markings unless the logo is that of HARA.
3. Persons inappropriately attired may not be allowed to train.
4. Persons must bring a towel and filled water bottle to each training session.

G. Sparring requirements
If there is any sparring session:
1. Persons participating in sparring activity must purchase and wear an approved mouth guard and bring this mouth guard to every training session.
2. In addition to their personal mouth guards, persons participating in sparring must wear full protective clothing, comprising body guards, head guards, groin guards and 14oz or 16oz boxing mitts.

H. Sickness or Injury
1. Persons must not train if they are suffering from the flu or other viral infection that may be passed on to other persons.
2. Persons must advise the Instructor if suffering from any injury or medical condition, either permanent or temporary, which may be adversely affected by certain types of training.
Some examples of this may include blood pressure problems and cardiac disorders, neck and back injuries, diabetes and asthma.
3. If requested by the Instructor, persons with the above or like conditions must show this Code of Conduct to their physician and secure a medical certificate clearly stating that the person is able to participate in classes and whether there are any restrictions or conditions applicable.

I. Other Health Issues
1. Persons must not attend training under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
2. Smoking is not allowed in the Training Area.
3. Persons training must give proper attention to personal hygiene and exhibit clean grooming; and ensure that fingernails are trimmed and clean.
4. Persons with a cut or bleeding injury must cease training immediately and receive appropriate first aid. Rejoining the training session will not be allowed until the instructor has deemed that is safe to do so.
5. Persons administering first aid to a person suffering a cut or bleeding injury must wear protective gloves.

J. Training Area Ethics
1. Persons must always be courteous and helpful to each other.
2. Physical contact between persons who are training must be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the skill development of those persons.
3. Sexual harassment, defined as being where a person is subjected to unwanted or uninvited sexual behaviour, will not be tolerated.
4. Any form of discrimination based on sex, ethnic origin, language, colour, or other form of differentiation will not be tolerated.

K. Grading Conditions
1. Opportunity to grade under the HARA syllabus occurs only once per calendar year. A person may only grade at appointed times subject to the final determination of the instructor.
2.All students in HARA are encouraged to seek their skills to be recognised by Chinese WuShu Association.
3. Grading fees must be paid at the commencement of the Pre-Grading Term training.
4. In assessing a person? readiness to grade, the Instructor takes into consideration such factors as consistency of attendance, attitude, focus and attention during training sessions, as much as a person? knowledge of the HARA syllabus to the point he or she wishes to grade.
5. To secure grading under the HARA syllabus, a person must be a current financial Kung Fu club member of HARA.
6. The club Membership of HARA requires a person to agree to be bound by this Code of Conduct.
7. HARA reserves the right to revoke the grading of any person who breaches this Code of Conduct or is convicted of any criminal offence.

L. Training Session Restrictions
1. Training sessions with HARA are structured as either Conditioning Training Sessions or Technical Training Sessions with a one - (or two) hour class usually comprising a Conditioning Training Session of 10~15 minutes followed by a Technical Training Session of 45~50 minutes.
2. Only persons authorised by the Instructor are allowed to participate in the Technical Training Sessions. Non-authorised persons must leave the Training Area before commencement of a Technical Training Session.
3. Persons who commence training with HARA for the first time may only attend the Conditioning Training Sessions before being assessed by the Instructor as to their eligibility to participate in the Technical Training Sessions.

*This document has consulted relevant material of Australian National
Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).

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