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. Try to arrive early for class (stretch, warmup, review technique)
  2. Outside footwear is not permitted
  3. Always check-in before class begins
  4. Foul language and derogatory remarks are not allowed inside of the studio
  5. Be mindful of classes in session. Speak quietly and respectfully
  6. Shoes, food and electronic devices are not allowed in the training area
  7. No filming or videotaping
  8. 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 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. Be mindful of your training partners skill, weight and age level
  2. Always bow and/or shake hands before and after live sparring and practice
  3. Long hair should be tied up so as not to cause partner any discomfort
  4. Yelling, grunting, or wincing is a verbal tap and the match should be restarted
  5. No slamming, scratching, or striking 
  6. No spine or neck cranks
  7. No grabbing individual fingers or bending fingers backward 


  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.
    • 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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