These are the essential rules which we demand from our students. They are in place to ensure safety and improve the quality of our training.
Maintaining proper hygiene is extremely important for yourself, your training partners, your instructors and our dojo. By taking these steps, you can greatly lower the risk of skin rashes and diseases such as ringworm, MRSA, staph infection and impetigo:
Shower immediately after training.
Wash you gi after every use.
Do not walk on the mat with anything except bare feet. This also means, do not walk outside bare foot and then step on the mat. Either put your shoes back on, or bring sandals to class.
Trim your fingernails and toenails regularly to avoid injuring yourself or your training partner.
If you find that you do have a skin rash, do not train until the rash is gone completely.
Do not train with open wounds. If you have an abrasion, keep it covered with a clean band aid and or athletic tape.
Remove all jewelry before you train
It is important to show respect to yourself, fellow students and instructors at all times. By following these rules you will not only get along better with others, you will also learn more quickly with less distraction and our time in the dojo will be best utilized:
Do not interrupt the instructor while he or she is giving a lesson. If you have a question, save it until the instructor opens the floor for questions.
If your instructor is teaching a particular technique, do not deviate or improvise. Drill the move until your instructor advises otherwise. Save the technique experiments for open mat.
Tap early tap often! To avoid injuries don't be a hero, if you are caught in a submission just tap and restart the roll. If your partner taps, stop immediately, even if you do not have a submission. If you find yourself in a submission, or a dangerous postion and you are unsure that you can defend or escape, tap!
Do not kick, or flail about to avoid a position or submission. This is known as “spazzing”. Such actions may help you escape, but they can equally cause injury to yourself and your training partners.
If it is the first time meeting a student that you are training with, introduce yourself and show the level of respect and courtesy that you would wish to be treated with.
Finally, respect your own process. Your body will take some time to adapt to the new strains of Jiu jitsu. Take care of injuries. Rest. You will have good and bad days, but if you enter each class with the goal to learn, you will constantly find success.