GENERAL GUIDELINES

A Dojo is more than a simple « Place where you can train ». It is a place where you cultivate body and mind. A place where you learn to fight, having as goal to never have to do it. A place where you share.

With this in Mind, the rules that Students and Visitors have to respect:

  • No EGOS or bad attitudes will be permitted or tolerated at this academy.  Losing your temper will not be tolerated.  Please control your temper at all times.

  • Everyone is here to learn an effective system of self-defense.  Tapping out is OK and is a big part of the learning process.  Never brag about tapping someone out.  It happens to everyone in training, and it is how you will grow and improve. 

  • Take care of your training partners.  Do not crank submissions.  Always show care for your instructors, training partners and fellow human beings. Do not seek to harm fellow students in any way.  When applying a submission, do not crank at the end. Slowly apply the hold and give them time to tap.

 

  • If you feel exhausted, don’t quit.  We only have a short time for training and rolling so we have to make the most of it.  If you feel gassed out and don’t feel like you can take on a roll, take it anyway - but spend your time learning to conserve your energy and work on your defence. It is better than just sitting on the side-lines.

 

  • If you enter the Academy while another class is in session, then come in and wait for your class to begin without disrupting the other class.  If you need to take a call during class or while waiting, then please be respectful of the other students. You can take the call in the changing area or outside.

 

  • Introduce yourself to new students or students that you do not know.  Make them feel welcome and comfortable.

 

  • When class begins, all conversation that does not pertain to BJJ or grappling should be kept to a minimum.

 

  • When an Instructor is teaching, there should be no talking.  We are here to learn.  So, everyone should be paying attention even when you feel that you are already familiar with the technique.

 

  • If an Instructor comes over to correct you during a technique, there should be no other instructing going on.  If you are not an Instructor or Coach, then at no time should you be trying to help someone through a technique unless you ask otherwise. 

 

  • Absolutely NO coaching your children or other students during class.  Children not participating in class should be under the supervision of a parent/guardian at all times.

 

  • Respect for the Academy, the Instructors, and fellow classmates should be demonstrated at all times.  Please have respect for those around you while training is in session. If you accidentally run into a group of higher rank while sparring, then respectfully move out of their way.  If you would like to train with a higher rank, then please wait for them to ask you.  Asking higher ranks to train with you can be considered disrespectful at times.

 

  • No shoes, including wrestling shoes and Grappling socks, are permitted on the mats at any time.   Always wear shoes or slippers when off the mats, especially in the restrooms and outdoors.  Please make sure to use the hand sanitiser provided, before and after each class..

 

  • Be sure to practice good hygiene before each class.  All of your training equipment, clothing, and uniforms must be washed and clean before each training session. 

 

  • The GI should be worn at times, except when NO GI uniform is required.  Students will not be allowed on the mats in normal clothing during class.

  • It is mandatory to wear a rash guard underneath the kimono.  It is mandatory to have underwear underneath the GI pants.  The belt represents your commitment and progress.  Keep it on.

 

  • Mat/Training etiquette:  Keep your finger nails and toe nails cut short for the safety of others.  All metal objects, jewellery, piercings, rings, necklaces and other such items should be removed.

 

  • No mobile phones, food or drinks in the training areas and mobiles must be on silent.

 

  • We are required to lock the door when the class starts, so please be on time.  Traffic delays and other unavoidable problems might be the cause, and these circumstances are understood. But please do your best to be on the mat at the start of each class.  If you arrive late, wait outside the mat until the Professor gives permission to enter.  If you need leave the mat early you must ask permission from the Professor.

 

  • Do not attend class if you are ill.  Any health condition, including rashes, which may pose a risk to others, or to yourself, must be discussed with a Professor before participation in the class.

  •  It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the Academy is clean, tidy and safe at all times.

Behaviour 

 

Never forget that you are representing your Academy with your acts.  Even on a daily basis and during an exchange with external people.