Rules of Martial Arts Schools
Although most Martial Arts schools will follow a similar training regimen, every BJJ instructor has their own style and method of teaching techniques. It is essential for the beginning practitioner to become familiar with school rules and class expectations. Doing so will ease your transition to effective Jiu Jitsu participation. Most schools have their rules posted or on a form for you read and sign. If you have any questions regarding what is expected, ask an instructor or a higher belt.
VISIT OUR MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL– OBSERVE HOW THE CLASS OPERATES AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE INSTRUCTOR AND TEACHING TECHNIQUES
The majority of Martial Arts schools will allow you to observe a class before you actually participate. If you are new to Jiu Jitsu instruction, I highly advise doing this. Arrive early, take care of any paper work you might need to complete, meet your instructor and do not hesitate to ask questions. Some instructors will expect you to bow before entering the mat area and also upon exiting. The same may be expected before beginning to train with your partner. If your instructor is a black belt, the proper means of addressing your sensei is with “professor”. Not all schools will follow this process, but it is a good idea to find out in advance what your BJJ instructors expectations are in terms of class etiquette.
DO I NEED TO HAVE A UNIFORM AT MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOLS?
You will need to figure out what to wear before you begin your first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. You usually do not need to own a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi before you are allowed to participate. T-shirts, board shorts and sweat pants might be fine for the first lesson or two. Sometimes you can use an extra gi that a student might have or the school provides – but make sure you ask your instructor about this. Eventually, you will need to buy a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi if you continue training.
Do NOT wear anything with metal, belt loops or baggy fabric. Doing so might cause an injury since fingers and toes can get caught in them. Baggy cargo shorts is an example of what not to wear. It is important that you buy a gi that fits properly. Your instructor will assist you in determining the proper size of gi is for you.
You can wear most protective gear such as knee braces, ear guards, mouth guard, cup, etc. Wrestling shoes usually are not allowed for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools. But again – that can vary according to the individual school.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU SCHOOLS AND PERSONAL HYGIENE.
If you want to find yourself in a situation where most of the students in your BJJ class will not want to train or roll with you then practice poor hygiene!!!
Make sure that you keep finger and toe nails trimmed. If you know of any rashes or skin irritations that you have, absolutely do not train until they have cleared. You will work up a good sweat during class, but it is not pleasant to show up to class with unpleasant body odor. Of extreme importance is to keep your gi clean. Wash your gi regularly. Practicing good personal hygiene will help keep a safe and clean training environment for you and everyone else the Martial Arts school.