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Code of Practise for Karate Coaches

In any profession whether paid or voluntary there are accepted and established codes of behavior. For example doctors and solicitors are required to conform to a professional code of practice. Many companies and organisiations now adopted a customer’s charter (e.g. the patient’s charter in the case of the NHS) such codes exist to safeguard the welfare of the customer and the provider.

The Scottish Karate Governing Body has set out a coach education program with 3 levels for coaching.

Level 1 supervised (below black belt)

Level 2 unsupervised (1st Dan black belt level to 3rd Dan Black belt )

Level 3 unsupervised ( 4th Dan black belt & above)

All club coaches have signed up to the Scottish Karate Governing Body Code of Practise

         Sensei  James (Dusty) Miller   8th Dan                   
         Scottish Karate Governing Body Coach
         Coaching  Level 3
         Enhanced  Scottish Criminal Records Office checked by Disclosure Scotland

         Sensei  Carol  Miller  5th Dan
         Scottish Karate Governing Body Coach
         Coaching Level 3
         Enhanced Scottish Criminal Records Office checked by Disclosure Scotland

         Sensei  Steven  Miller  3rd Dan
         Scottish Karate Governing Body Coach
         Coaching Level 2
         Enhanced Scottish Criminal Records Office checked by Disclosure Scotland


                           Coaches Code of Conduct


                      Sporting Karate & Traditional Karate


S.K.G.B., Member Association & Association Club Karate Coaches play a crucial role in the development of Sport Karate and Traditional Karate within the S.K.G.B. and in the lives of the students and athletes they coach. Good karate coaches ensure that individuals in karate have positive experiences and are therefore more likely in Sport Karate or Traditional Karate and achieve their potential.

 Karate coaching, as an emerging profession, must demonstrate at all levels a high degree of honesty, integrity and competence. The need for karate coaches to understand and act on their responsibilities is of critical importance to karate, as is the need to protect the key concept of participation for fun enjoyment and achievement. This is implicit within good karate coaching practise and promotes a professional image of the good practitioner. This code of conduct defines all that is best in good karate coaching practice.

Good Coaching Practice needs to reflect the following key principles.




Coaches must respect and Champion the rights of every individual to participate in Sport Karate and Traditional Karate.

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Coaches should:

  • Assist in the creation of an environment where every individual has the
    opportunity to participate in Sport Karate or Traditional Karate.
  • Create and maintain an environment free of fear and harassment.
  • Recognise the rights of all students to be treated as individuals.
  • Recognise the rights of student to confer with other coaches and experts.
  • Promote the concept of a balanced lifestyle supporting the well being of
    the student both in and out of karate.


  • Treat all individuals in Sport Karate and Traditional Karate with respect at
    all times.
  • Do not discriminate in the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour,
    disability, sexuality, age, occupation, religion or political opinion.
  • Do Not condone or allow to go unchallenged any form of discrimination.
  • Do not publicly criticise or engage in demeaning descriptions of others.
  • Be discreet in any conversations about students, coaches or any other
  • Communicate with and provide feedback to students in a manner which
     reflects respect and care.


  • Be aware of the physical needs of students and athletes, especially those still
    growing, and ensure that training loads and intensities are appropriate.
  • Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out
    within recommended guidelines with the athlete’s full consent and approval.

  • Know and understand the S.K.G.B. Child protection Policy and Guide Lines
     in this regard.

  • Respect students and athletes opinions when making decision about their
    participation in karate.
  • Encourage students and athletes to take reponsability for their own
    development and actions.
  • Allow students and athletes to discuss and participate in the decision –
    making process.

  • Inform students and athletes or their parents of any potential costs of
    assessing the coaching services on offer.
  • Be aware of and communicate on any conflict of interest as soon as it
    becomes apparent.
  • Do not work with any other coach’s students or athletes without first
    discussing or agreeing it with both the coach and the student or athlete



 Responsibilities and personal standards.

Coaches must demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times.


Responsibilities and professional standards.


To maximise benefits and minimise the risks to athletes, coaches must attain a high
level of competence through qualifications and commitment to ongoing training that
ensures safe and correct practise.



Coaches will:

  • Provide a safe environment that maximises benefits and minimises risks to the
    athlete in achieving their goals.
  • Promote the execution of safe and correct practise.
  • Be professional and accept responsability for their actions.
  • Make a commitment to providing a quality service to their athletes.
  • Actively promote the positive benefits to society of the participation in sport.
  • Contribute to the development of coaching as a profession by exchanging
    knowledge and ideas with others.
  • Gain S.K.G.B. Coaching and vetting qualifications appropriate to the level
    at which they coach.