Etiquette - BJJ Canberra | Shibusa Jiu Jitsu Studio | Belconnen, ACT

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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.


  1. Outside footwear is not permitted
  2. Always check-in before class begins
  3. Foul language and derogatory remarks are not allowed inside of the studio
  4. Be mindful of classes in session. Speak quietly and respectfully
  5. Shoes, food and electronic devices are not allowed in the training area
  6. No filming or videotaping
  7. Bowing before stepping onto and off the mats is not necessary, although many members do so.


  1. All jewelry, piercings, necklaces and other items should be removed before training
  2. Fingernails and toenails must always be neatly trimmed and clean before class
  3. Don't train while sick
  4. A clean white uniform must be worn in every class
  5. A rash guard must always be worn under your uniform
  6. If you are late for class, wait outside the mat until you have permission to join
  7. Always clean up after yourself (tape, water bottles, equipment, etc)
  8. Footwear must always be worn in the bathroom
  9. If you get a cut or scratch while training, leave the mats until you have stopped and covered any bleeding


  1. Mindful Training: Always be mindful of your training partner's skill, weight, and age level. Respect their boundaries and capabilities.

  2. Respect: Bow and/or shake hands before and after live sparring and practice. This is a symbol of mutual respect and sportsmanship.

  3. Hair Protocol: If you have long hair, tie it up to prevent any discomfort to your partner.

  4. Verbal Taps: Understand that yelling, grunting, or wincing is considered a verbal tap. Upon such cues, the match should be restarted.

  5. Forbidden Actions: Slamming, scratching, or striking are not allowed. 

  6. Prohibited Moves: Be aware of all illegal techniques and those considered bad ettiquette during training. The most important are highlighted in the illegal techniques section below.

  7. Hand and Finger Safety: Do not grab individual fingers or bend them backward. Such actions can lead to serious injuries.

  8. Gradual Submissions: Apply submissions gradually. This gives your partner ample time to tap and helps prevent sudden injuries.

  9. Respect for Tap Outs: Always respect a tap out. It's your partner's way of indicating their limit. Release the submission immediately when a tap out occurs.

  10. Emotional Control: Stay calm and composed during the session. Overly emotional reactions can cause dangerous and reckless decisions that risk injury.

  11. Surrounding Awareness: Keep an eye on your surroundings to avoid accidental collisions with other sparring pairs.

  12. Hygiene Standards: Maintain personal hygiene. Keep your gi (uniform) clean and your nails trimmed. This creates a comfortable training environment for everyone.

  13. Coaching: Avoid coaching or giving instructions during a roll, unless asked for advice. Sparring is a time for applying what you've learned.

  14. Open Communication: Speak up if you're uncomfortable or in pain during a technique or submission. BJJ is about learning and growing, not proving toughness.

  15. Restrained Dominance: Practice techniques and strategies rather than using brute force. Overpowering a smaller or less experienced partner is not the goal of sparring practice.

  16. Positive Attitude: Keep a positive and supportive attitude. Everyone is here to learn and grow, so encourage your fellow training partners.


  1. Never brag about or celebrate tapping (or not tapping) an opponent during training
  2. Check your attitude and ego at the door. This is the wrong place to bring negative energy
  3. Work on your weaknesses in class. Remember that this is training not competition
  4. 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.
    • Back Trips and Tani Otoshi Techniques: For the safety of all participants, back trips and Tani Otoshi style techniques are strictly prohibited during live sparring. These maneuvers carry a high risk of causing knee injuries. Our focus is on promoting techniques that balance effectiveness with the well-being and safety of all practitioners.
    • 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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