The dojo caters to anyone who wants to learn, and while the surrounding neighborhoods don't generally welcome outsiders any students of this school are given their space provided they don't interfere with matters beyond their school. Students have a very simple set of rules to live by:
Never reveal the location or existence of the dojo to anyone.
All outside business stays outside.
Personal grudges against other students will not be tolerated inside the dojo.
Drug use of any kind will not be tolerated in the dojo. (Mama's garden has all the medicine you could need)
No guests, unless pre-approved by Mama and Papa.
Preserve the innocence of the younger pupils.
No Firearms inside the dojo.
All students are equal, regardless of skill or tenure.
No horseplay in Mama Sifu's garden.
To become a pupil of the school, one must first impress Mama and Papa, not with martial skill but with general determination, will power, tolerance, and an open mind. Before anything is taught to a new prospect, they are first turned away several times, this is too prove their determination. The hopeful is simply told at the door that the school is full, if he returns asking to learn a sufficient number of times (usually 3) he/she is asked to run simple errands, such as getting a set of hedge clippers from a store on the other side of town, or taking a package to a location (the package is usually empty but the student won't know that). This is the test of willpower and after several such errands the pupil is admitted into the school, but not as a student. He/she is admitted as a janitor/maintenance person and is subjected to random humiliation by the other students and faculty, (although they are very careful about it and know the limits of such antics). Finally after enduring these tests the prospective student is put before the assembled Masters, he is asked what he wishes to learn, the best possible answer to this is "As much as I can.", the masters will then ask, where would you like to start and each master will give a demonstration of their skill.
Mama and Papa along with a few of the other masters are permanent residents of the school, housing for about 20 students is also available and rent is either paid by money or working around the school. If the beds are full, up to ten students can elect to sleep on the floor, futons will be provided but the rent is not decreased. The student lodgings are not private however, in fact nothing is for the students, not the bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms, anything. The masters have their own private rooms and baths but usually shower with the students, this is not done out of perversion but rather to keep the school close, any complaints of unwanted advancements are dealt with very very severely. Another reason the masters join the students in the shower is to prevent such a thing from occurring. It is taught at the school that there is no shame in the body. The strict rules on harassment does not mean that relationships are prohibited, relationships are tolerated so long as both individuals are consensual and mature enough.
How each individual master teaches is up to him or her to decide as long as no unnecessary cruelty takes place, Mama and Papa always have the final word on any training performed though, or anything else related to the school for that matter.
The average student body is about 100 to 120, with each master getting roughly two hours use of one of the two main training rooms per day . Fees for the school vary but the highest price asked is never above 1000 eb a month. Students who are without monetary means must perform labor for the school, the less you can pay the more work you have to do.
Financially the school is backed and owned by Autumn Blade, the organization purchased the school when they were having monetary problems and occasional sends operatives there for training, as well as recruiting from its normal student body. Even though Autumn Blade owns the school it has no power in how the school is run.
The schools anonymity is strictly
and exists for the protection of the school, they understand
is one rule they will never break. Several of the
own Dojo's and for those students who wish to enter
competition many of
the masters allow them to register with their own schools.
(Mama Sifu and
School Martial Arts, Autumn Blade
and the characters herein were created and written by Deric Bernier and Tim Covell.)