Each of the arts taught are based upon the keystones of respect, humility and hard work. The object of the code is to engender positive characteristics within us, thus honouring ourselves and others.
The Dojo code should be cultivated by all members.
Training in related subjects gives a more holistic understanding than sticking to one, and for martial artists is strongly advised for health reasons. The arts taught at the Meikai Dojo are all based on the same principles and/or movement paradigms and so cross training is beneficial - this is not true of all arts, therefore before cross-training between different dojo's, please consult with me. This advice is widely given by teachers, it is not (or should not be), about your teachers being possessive of students, it is because it is very important to get one way of thinking and moving 'down pat' before expanding into apparently contradictory training regimes which can cause inexperienced students great confusion. It takes many years to absorb even one Art fully.
Trusting your teacher is vital, both in class and regarding personal development advice in relation to the Arts. For instance; if what is slowing someone down in their martial arts progress is too much tension in their body and nervous system, they may be advised to supplement their regime with yoga or shiatsu for a period (as long as it takes). This is an area where you are expected to take heed of, your teachers advise. These arts are not frivolous, they are life changing paths, not cake-making classes.
A renowned Karate master of my acquaintance was told, when he first started training, to take up ballet classes (because his balance was so poor), which he did. He went on to run a national karate organization.