12 Rules for BJJ
Jiu-Jitsu is a fantastic experience. You will meet new people, have fun learning new techniques, and you will laugh with your training partners. Jiu-Jitsu is also a culture of order, respect, and etiquette. There are certain things that your training partners and coach will expect from you and vice versa. To have the best experience possible with your team, consider the following as a guide on your BJJ journey:
• Don’t walk on the mats in your shoes or flip flops.
The gym mats are expensive things and anything caught in your shoes could potentially rip or tear them. This then leads to the inevitability that it will need replacing as the tear grows and gets worse, this would not make you popular with your coach. The other side of this is all the nasty stuff that ends up on the sidewalk potentially is on the soles of your shoes. You walk on the mat in your shoes, nasty stuff transfers to the mat, which we then train on. 💩🙁😖
• Do wear flip flops or shoes when you go to the toilet.
Accidents and splashes do happen, what you don’t want to do is walk through the result of the accident. Then walking it back in onto the mat. It is not a pleasant thought that your training partners may end up with that in their face. Oh and remember to always wash your hands afterwards. 💦 🤚
• Be clean. Wash your gi after every class. Keep your fingernails and toenails short so as not scratch your training partners. Make sure your hands and feet are clean.🥋✋
• Be humble. Jiu-Jitsu has a way of humbling those who become cocky about their ability. It is bad taste to brag when you submit your training partner. It’s not a competition, we are all here to help each other grow.☝️
• Be considerate. If you’re sick in any way, skip training. Don’t be the one that gets ten other students sick. Come back when you feel 100%. Stay home recover and watch some instructionals or Netflix.
If you’re injured, that’s a different situation completely. There are ways to train BJJ while injured that can keep you involved and safe at the same time.🤒
• Be cooperative. When sparring, you learn by resisting and countering your opponent's movements, but drilling technique is different. Drilling is when you work together, letting your partner do the technique so they can learn. 👍
• Be cool. Remember, what goes around come around. If you insist on sparring super hard with all of your partners, eventually all of your partners will spar super hard with you. 😤👊
• Be careful. When you’ve won the battle for a position, you don’t need to apply the submission full force. In fact, if you do, you will injure your training partner. Give your training partner a chance to tap. One day they will return the favor to you.🙏
• Be punctual. Things come up. We cannot control the traffic, our children or any other unexpected event, but when possible try to be on time for class.
• Be patient. Jiu-Jitsu isn’t easy, but you will get better by drilling and training. If you don't understand a certain technique, do not get frustrated: ask questions, give yourself time to learn and then go back refreshed the next day. The first 6 months of training are the hardest. 🧘♂️🧘♀️
• 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.🤭🤫
• During live sparring, lower ranked students should make way for higher ranked students in the event that 2 sets of training partners collide or come close enough to collide. If both are ranked equal, the younger group should make way for the older group.👵🏻🧓🏻
• Be loyal. Your training partners become your friends. They are your Tribe and Family. They will help you on and off the mats. Be loyal to them, and they will be loyal to you.❤️
These aren't a must to follow, but take these into consideration:
• Parents: Please refrain from coaching or correcting your child during class. It can be very distracting to the rest of the class. 🧒🏻
• If you are a very hairy individual, it would be considered courteous to wear a shirt or rashguard while training. If you shave parts of your body, it is recommended that you keep up or cover those exposed areas to avoid “stubble burning” your partner. 🐻🦍
• Please ensure that make ups jewellery are removed prior to class