Membership Expectations

COVID-19 Protection Measures

The following COVID-19 protective measures are mandatory for all members:

Physical distancing (1.5 meters) should be observed as much as possible.

Face masks are mandatory when shouting kakegoe or when physical distancing cannot be maintained such as while preparing or moving taiko with a partner.

Contact tracing is critical to avoid or mitigate outbreaks amongst our members. Therefore, careful attendance self-management is important. In addition, all active members should install and activate the SwissCovid app on their mobile phones. The phone should also be brought with you into the dojo. This COVID-19 contact tracing app is being developed by EPFL and ETH for use in Switzerland without compromising data privacy.

Good hygiene should be exercised by washing or disinfection before entering the dojo. No sharing of bachi nor shinobue should take place amongst members. Borrowed dojo bachi should be separately stored for at least 24 hours above the lost and found shelf.

Ventilation in both dojo rooms will be activated before training commences until 2 hours after the training has ended.

General conduct

All students are expected to exercise their utmost tolerance and consideration towards others before, during and after training.

Outside of the dōjō

Manage your training dates with our TaikoBot. Students are required to submit absences, preferably well in advance, as an important part of our dojo’s rules of etiquette to allow others to take your spot. If you fail to do this, your compensation privileges will be suspended.

  • Sign out: Submit absence dates at least 7 hours in advance. This good ‚Taiko Karma‘ will be saved for the rest of the semester. Holiday dates are blocked out.
  • Sign in: Select compensation dates that suit your schedule spontaneously. This is possible until the training begins. Full training dates are blocked out.

At the dōjō

Each training begins and ends by reflecting on these points when bowing to the group as well as at the entrance of the dōjō:

  • Respect for your teacher
  • Respect for the dojo and instruments
  • Respect for your fellow members
  • Respect for yourself
  • Respect for the art

Please ensure that you arrive at training on-time. If you arrive late, warm-up on your own before the teacher gives your permission to enter the training room. 

Before training begins help prepare taiko and other equipment, stretch and warm yourself up. 

If you have to leave early or have an injury, inform the teacher before training begins. 

No food or sugary drinks are allowed in the dōjō. 

Remove your shoes before entering. 

Leave your belongings neatly in the changing area. 

The beginning of training

The class forms a circle. 

Everyone bows and says: 
   Onegai shimasu 
   Please do me this favour.

The end of training

The class forms a circle.

The teacher bows and says: 
   Otsukaresama deshita 
   Thank you for your hard work.
The students reply as they bow: 
   Arigatō gozaimashita 
   Thank you very much.

Equipment and instruments

All equipment and instruments must be treated with respect: 

Move and stack the taiko with care. Do not lean or place objects on the taiko. Ensure that taiko are placed correctly in the appropriate stand. Move taiko, bachi or dai with your hands, not your feet!

Do not drag the taiko on the floor. Pick them up with a partner. 

Taiko may not be played until given permission to do so. 

Check your bachi regularly for defects: 

  • Remove any splinters or dirt with sandpaper.
  • Do not play with damaged bachi as they can hurt your hand and the taiko. Show your bachi to the teacher if you are unsure.

Bachi should be placed down gently next to the taiko or along the walls of the dojō to prevent tripping hazards. 

Training overview