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ACADEMY RULES AND ETIQUETTE

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes: rules

Embarking on your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) journey is not just about mastering techniques; it’s about embracing a culture of respect, discipline, and camaraderie. At our academy, we prioritize not only the physical aspect of training but also the mental and social aspects that contribute to a fulfilling BJJ experience. To ensure a harmonious and productive environment for all practitioners, we have established a set of rules and guidelines that serve as the foundation of our community. Let’s delve into these essential guidelines:

1. No Live Grappling for First 5 Classes

In the initial stages of your BJJ journey, we prioritize safety and fundamental skill development. Therefore, live grappling sessions are not permitted during the first five classes. This allows newcomers to familiarize themselves with the basic techniques and build a strong foundation before engaging in live sparring.

2. Respect for the Mat

Stepping onto the mat is a symbol of entering a sacred space dedicated to learning and growth. We uphold this reverence by never wearing shoes, sneakers, or sandals on the mat. When transitioning from the mat to the bathroom, it’s essential to wear sandals or sneakers to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

3. Courteous Entry and Exit

Upon entering and leaving the mat area, it is customary to bow as a sign of respect. This simple gesture reflects our commitment to honor the traditions and values of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

4. Respect Your Instructors

Addressing our instructors with respect is fundamental to our academy’s culture. Whether addressing them by their title (e.g., Professor) or simply as “sir” or “ma’am,” it’s important to acknowledge their expertise and guidance.

5. Courtesy and Cooperation

Showing courtesy towards fellow students and instructors fosters a supportive and inclusive atmosphere both on and off the mats. Embracing a positive attitude and giving your best effort in every class not only benefits your own progress but also uplifts the entire community.

6. Assistance and Collaboration

In the spirit of camaraderie, we encourage students to lend a helping hand to their peers who may need assistance. Whether it’s offering guidance on techniques or providing encouragement during drills, we believe in uplifting each other towards success.

7.  Uniform

Wearing the approved school uniform demonstrates respect for the tradition and identity of our academy. Whether it’s the GI or the appropriate uniform shirt, adherence to uniform guidelines ensures uniformity and professionalism in training.

All Classes Rules:

1. Hygiene and Health

Maintaining personal hygiene is paramount to the well-being of our community. Keeping your body and uniform clean, trimming toenails/fingernails, and removing jewelry contribute to a hygienic training environment. Additionally, if you are unwell or have a skin condition, it’s crucial to refrain from attending class until you have fully recovered.

2. Responsibility

Respecting shared facilities such as the weight area and cardio machines is essential for everyone’s convenience. Always re-stack weights and dumbbells after use, and bring a towel to wipe off sweat to maintain cleanliness.

3. Conflict Resolution Protocol

In the event of a disagreement or conflict with a fellow student, it’s important to address the issue responsibly. Rather than attempting to resolve it independently, bring the matter to your instructor’s attention for proper resolution.

4. Child Supervision

For the safety of all participants, children not actively participating in class must be supervised at all times. Running, climbing, or loud play is not permitted during class sessions.

Different classes have specific uniform requirements to ensure safety and uniformity:

Striking & Fitness Classes: Wear the Athlas t-shirt or rash guard.
Submission Grappling: Attire consists of an Athlas t-shirt guard and shorts without pockets or zippers. If tights are worn, shorts must be worn over them for both men and women.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Approved Team GI with rash guard worn underneath. Women must wear rash guards instead of sports bras for uniformity.
By adhering to these guidelines, we not only enhance our individual training experiences but also contribute to a harmonious and respectful community. Let’s continue to uphold these values as we journey together through the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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