If we were to look up the definition of the word etiquette we would see this - "The customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group".
This is especially true in Jiu Jitsu. We don't have too many rules, but the ones we do have mean a great deal to us.
- Try to arrive early for class (stretch, warmup, review technique)
- Outside footwear is not permitted
- Always check-in before class begins
- Foul language and derogatory remarks are not allowed inside of the studio
- Be mindful of classes in session. Speak quietly and respectfully
- Shoes, food and electronic devices are not allowed in the training area
- No filming or videotaping
- Bowing before stepping onto and off the mats is not necessary, although many members do so.
- All jewelry, piercings, necklaces and other items should be removed before training
- Fingernails and toenails must always be neatly trimmed and clean before class
- Don't train while sick
- A clean uniform must be worn in every class
- A rash guard must always be worn under your uniform
- If you are late for class, wait outside the mat until you have permission to join
- Always clean up after yourself (tape, water bottles, equipment, etc)
- Footwear must always be worn in the bathroom
- If you get a cut or scratch while training, leave the mats until you have stopped and covered any bleeding
- Be mindful of your training partners skill, weight and age level
- Always bow and/or shake hands before and after live sparring and practice
- Long hair should be tied up so as not to cause partner any discomfort
- Yelling, grunting, or wincing is a verbal tap and the match should be restarted
- No slamming, scratching, or striking
- No spine or neck cranks
- No grabbing individual fingers or bending fingers backward
- Never brag about or celebrate tapping (or not tapping) an opponent during training
- Check your attitude and ego at the door. This is the wrong place to bring negative energy
- Work on your weaknesses in class. Remember that this is training not competition
- Use what you learn in class constructively and defensively to help yourself and others and never to be abusive or offensive
- Flying submissions, scissor takedown and jumping guard
- These techniques are never allowed in a live sparring environment.
- For offensive and defensive purposes they can be practiced in a controlled setting.
- Heel hooks
- Purple belt and up can utilise in live training(catch and release).
- Neck / spine cranks & slamming are not allowed at any experience level.
- Use of any foot gear, head gear, hair pins, jewelry, cups (genital protectors) or any other protector fashioned of hard material that may cause harm to a training partner is forbidden.
- Fingers cannot be placed inside an opponents sleeve or pant leg
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