POLICIES ENSURING YOUR QUALITY EXPERIENCE
COVID-Safe Plan: For a Safe Return to TrainingThis policy has been created to ensure a safe return to training during a COVID-19 environment. View our COVID-Safe Plan here (Updated 9 January 2022).
Membership PolicyAll members of the Cummings Karate Dojo agree to abide by the rules, etiquette and policies of the Centre, as per the membership agreement and the CMAHD Inc Constitution. To view our membership agreement, please contact us.
Insurance PolicyCMAHD Inc, maintains the following specialist sports insurance, including for injury of members, and:• Public & Products Liability Insurance ($20mil)• Professional Indemnity ($5mil)• Management Liability Insurance• Business Insurance (contents & plate glass)
Code of ConductThe CMAHD Inc Code of Conduct has been developed to safeguard the rights and to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of all its members, be they students, instructors, administrators or the many volunteers who assist CMAHD Inc in so many ways. CMAHD Inc is committed to ensure that every individual is treated fairly without prejudice to gender, race, colour, or beliefs religious or otherwise.CMAHD Inc requires every individual bound by this policy to:1. Be ethical, fair and honest in all their dealings with other people and CMAHD Inc;2. Treat all persons with respect and courtesy and have proper regard for their dignity, rights and obligations; 3. Always place the safety and welfare of children above other considerations; 4. Comply with all CMAHD Inc rules and policies;5. Operate within the rules and spirit of Martial Arts; 6. Comply with all relevant Australian laws (Federal and State), particularly anti-discrimination and child protection laws; 7. Be responsible and accountable for their conduct; and 8. Abide by the CMAHD Inc relevant Role-Specific Codes of Conduct.Students also have a specific Code of Conduct, referred to as "Dojo Reishiki" that they are required to follow.
Instructor's Code of EthicsAs a traditional karate instructor, I will:1. Follow the ethics of traditional karatedo2. Continue to grow myself as an instructor and continue to develop within accepted industry best practice3. Ensure the safety and wellbeing of my students at all times4. Ensure all lessons are planned and delivered within an acceptable framework5. Uphold good conduct and safety standards at all time6. Ensure students are aware of the associated risk of traditional karatedo practice7. Support each student in their endeavours, and deliver an individual journey through group training, and respect each person for their individuality8. Ensure the principles of child protection and anti-discrimination and harassment are upheld at all times, and do not allow harassment, discrimination, bullying, victimisation, harmful behaviour or the endangerment of students9. Adhere to the Dojo Reishiki (Code of Conduct)10. Do not instruct under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or anything that may impair judgement
Parent/Guardian Code of ConductAs a parent or guardian of a student or participant at CMAHD Inc, or at any activity or event in which CMAHD Inc is represented, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct.1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others2. Remember that your child participates in sport for their own enjoyment, not yours3. Focus on your child’s efforts and performance, rather than winning or losing4. Never ridicule or yell at your child or other children for making mistakes or losing a competition5. Show appreciation for good performances and skilful plays by all participants (including opposing competitors)6. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with or in the vicinity of persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example7. Respect officials’ decisions and teach your children to do likewise8. Do not physically or verbally abuse or harass anyone associated with the sport (student, coach, referee, administrators, and so forth)9. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion10. Be a positive role model11. Understand that the repercussions of breaching this code of behaviour may be suspension or removal from CMAHD Inc12. Follow the CMAHD Inc Code of Conduct
Child Safety PolicyAll children who are a part of CMAHD Inc have a right to feel and be safe, be happy and have a voice. The welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority and CMAHD Inc has a zero tolerance to child abuse. CMAHD Inc aims to create a child safe and child friendly environment where children feel safe and have fun and all activities are always carried out in the best interests of the children. CMAHD Inc encourages children to express their views about their safety. We listen to their suggestions, especially on matters that directly affect them. We actively encourage all children who train or are involved at CMAHD Inc to ‘have a say’ about things that are important to them. We teach children about what they can do if they feel unsafe. We listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents, raise with us.
All CMAHD Inc staff and volunteers are responsible for promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people by:• Adhering to our Child Safe Policy, this Code of Conduct and all other policies as detailed in the CMAHD Inc staff information booklet• Taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse• Treating everyone with respect, including listening to and valuing their ideas and opinions• Welcoming all children and their families and carers; by being inclusive• Respecting cultural, religious and political differences and acting in a culturally sensitive way, particularly when interacting with children who are Aboriginal or otherwise culturally or linguistically diverse and those with a disability• Modelling appropriate adult behaviour• Listening to children and responding to them appropriately• Reporting and acting on any breaches of this Code of Conduct, complaints or concerns appropriately treating them seriously, with respect and in a timely manner.• Complying with our guidelines on physical contact with children• Working with children in an open and transparent way – other adults should always know about the work you are doing with children• Respecting the privacy of children and their families, and only disclosing information to people who have a need to know.
The CMAHD Inc complies with Anti-Discrimination legislation and ensures instructors undergo training through the AusSport endorsed PBTR - Child Protection training.
Prohibited Weapons PolicyThe CMAHD Inc complies with the Prohibited Weapons Act 1996 (ACT) and the Head Instructor holds a current weapons licence/permit for weapons (nunchaku and tonfa) used and taught in the dojo.
Harassment and Discrimination PolicyThe CMAHD Inc complies with Anti-Discrimination legislation and ensures instructors undergo training through the AusSport endorsed PBTR - Harassment and Discrimination training.
Injury Prevention PolicyThe CMAHD Inc complies with Sports Medicine Australia's Injury Prevention Guidelines.
Pregnant Athlete PolicyThe aim of this policy is to reduce the risk of injury to the pregnant student whilst at training or any event held by CMAHD Inc.The main risks to the pregnant student are:• direct trauma to the abdomen;• joint back injury due to increased ligament laxity;• overheating; and• dehydration.This policy encompasses:• support and guidance to the pregnant student; and• direction for CMAHD Inc Instructors in assisting the pregnant student.Instructors, officials, and students associated with the CMAHD Inc, are responsible for understanding, implementing and following this policy. The pregnant student must:• obtain expert medical advice, and obtain a clear understanding of the risks, particularly in regard with your involvement in martial arts; Before making the decision about whether to continue to participate;• obtain medical certificate from your doctor stating that “you are able to continue in the sport”;• advise your Instructors of your pregnancy;• regularly review the training program with your medical adviser; and• consider your insurance cover to ensure that it is adequate and relevant;Should the pregnant student decide to continue in the sport she must at all time:• use common sense and not take unnecessary risks;• take into account her changes in physical condition;• not increase the intensity of training; always work at less than 75 per cent of her maximum heart rate; and watch for warning signs, such as bleeding or abdominal pain, and see a doctor immediately if these occur. The Instructor must:• support the pregnant athlete who has decided to continue;• sight the medical certificate from her doctor stating “that she is able to continue in sport”; advise all other assisting Instructors for that session;• Modify the program where necessary to: avoid unnecessary risks; take into account the changes in her physical condition; have her work at less than 75 per cent of maximum heart rate; and allow more frequent drinks during class.Should the Instructor become concerned about the student’s well-being, the Instructor must raise this concern with the student with the view as to whether participation continues. The Instructor must avoid giving advice where not qualified to give.For further information see AusSport's Guidelines and and SMA's Guidelines.
Blood Rule & Body Fluids PolicyThe aim of this policy is to decrease the exposure risk to blood-borne and body fluid pathogens (1) whilst at training/competing/grading at events organised by CMAHD Inc. Instructors, officials, and athletes associated with the CMAHD Inc, are responsible for understanding and implementing and follow this policy.The following guidelines must be implemented at the dojo/competition/grading area:• When the instructor is advised or witnesses a student with a bleed, the instructor will direct that student to leave the dojo mat immediately, if not already done, to seek medical attention.• The student’s injury/wound must be treated (no further bleeding) with the affected area completely and securely covered and only return to the mat on advice from the treating qualified instructor.• The treating qualified instructor must record the first aid treatment given in a record book or complete an incident form.• If there is any blood on the Gi, or protective equipment the competitor must change the blooded item immediately. (It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure they have a replacement Gi and protective equipment.) Under no circumstances should an athlete be allowed on the mat with wet or dry blood stains on their Gi or any protective equipment.• Blood or body fluids spilt on the mat or immediate surrounding area must be treated with a bleach and detergent solution (2) as outlined in procedures given as detailed in (a) below, Attending to Blood or Body Fluids on Mat or Immediate Area.• A ‘Blood Kit’ is provided at each dojo reception/first aid area. Blood kits should also be available at any external event run by CMAHD Inc. The Blood Kit should be used only for the purpose of dealing with spilt blood and or body fluid on the mat and or immediate surrounding area.
Infectious Diseases PolicyThe aim of this policy is to decrease the risk of exposure to infectious disease whilst at Dojo or event run by CMAHD Inc.A number of blood-borne infectious diseases can be transmitted during body contact1and collision sports. The more serious include Viral Hepatitis and HIV (AIDS) infection. It is important to remember that the more common diseases, such as the “common cold”, flu and herpes simplex may be spread during body contact sports.Instructors• Instructors must report all open cuts and abrasions immediately for first aid attention.• It is recommended that those who officiate in Karate competitions should consider being vaccinated against Hepatitis B.• All contaminated Gi and protective equipment must be replaced prior to the athlete being allowed to resume.• If bleeding cannot be controlled and the wound securely covered, the athlete must not continue.• However, if bleeding should recur, the above procedures must be repeated.Athletes/Students• It is every athlete’s responsibility to maintain strict personal hygiene at all times, in all activities on and off the mat.• It is recommended that all athletes involved in Karate, and playing under adult rules consider being vaccinated against Hepatitis B.• All participants with prior evidence of these infections are strongly advised to obtain confidential advice and clearance from a doctor prior to training/competition/grading.Dojos• It is the responsibility of the Senior Instructor on duty to ensure that the change rooms (including female/male amenities) are clean and tidy. Particular attention should be paid to hand-basins and toilets. Adequate soap, paper hand towels, brooms, waste disposal bins and disinfectants must be available at all times.• The practice of spitting must NOT be permitted.• All Gi, protective equipment or any other equipment and surfaces contaminated by blood must be treated as potentially infectious. Such items must be removed and placed in an appropriate container specific for this purpose which is the responsibility of the athlete.• Contaminated equipment and surfaces must be cleaned immediately as outlined in Blood Rule and Body Fluids Policy (Attachment A), also attached to this policy.
Hot Weather PolicyThe CMAHD Inc endorses and follows the guidelines set forth by Sports Medicine Australia. In addition, if the air temperature is set to be 31°C 30 minutes before the scheduled start of a class, students are permitted to wear a dojo t-shirt or plain white t-shirt. If the air temperature is set to be 36°C or above 30 minutes before the scheduled start of class and is not expected to decrease, the class may be cancelled and students will be notified via text message. For more information on training during hot weather, please see the Sports Medicine Australia website.
Active Children & Young People in Sport PolicyThe CMAHD Inc complies with Sports Medicine Australia's Active Children Guidelines.
Active Older People PolicyThe CMAHD Inc complies with Sports Medicine Australia's Choose Health: Be Active Guidelines.
Drugs in Sport PolicyThe CMAHD Inc complies with the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority and their guidelines.
Risk Management PolicyThe CMAHD Inc complies with Sport Australia's Risk Management Process.
Supervision & Parking PolicyThe CMAHD Inc begins its supervision of students once they have been personally been dropped off inside of the dojo, this supervision ceases at the end of the scheduled class and parents are asked to be present for the end of class to immediately pick up their child. The CMAHD Inc requires all parents/guardians to then pick their child up personally from inside the dojo. We ask that students, members and visitors do not park directly infront of the dojo, and that this space is reserved for parents picking up and dropping off their children.
Fee Payment PolicyFor further information, please see our Fees Policy. Employee Specific PoliciesFor policies specific to being employee at or volunteering for the CMAHD Inc, please see the Employee and Volunteer Handbook. This Handbook outlines the Workplace Bullying Policy, OH&S Policy, Personal Behaviour Policy, and other items. See Reception for a copy of this Handbook or included policies if needed.
CMAHD Inc ConstitutionClick here to download the CMAHD Inc Constitution