Jiu-Jitsu Etiquette

The Martial Arts are based on respect, self-discipline and common courtesy.


    Always greet and bow to your instructors when entering and leaving the DOJO.
Never question your instructor’s decisions.
Respect and obey all instructors and black belts.
Always answer your instructors with a “yes, sensei” or “no, sensei”.
Try to arrive 10 – 15 minutes before class.
Please be quiet while waiting for your class to begin.
Remain off the training area while waiting for your class to begin.
Guests are welcome, but please introduce them to your instructors.
Small children will be supervised at all times – please do not let them run around and be disruptive.
There will be no abusive language, attitude or behaviors of any kind.

Your uniform & personal hygiene:

    Wear a complete and approved SDBJJ Academy uniform for all classes.
All approved patches shall be sewn on all uniforms.
Keep your uniform clean and wrinkle-free.
Practice good hygiene.
Fingernails and toenails must be kept short – we don’t want anyone getting injured.
Remove all jewelry before class for your classmates’ safety and yours (this includes rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, earrings, etc.)
Female students must wear a t-shirt under their uniform.
Long hair should always be worn off face and pulled neatly back.
Uniforms and belts will be put on in the dressing room or at home.
Please do not get dressed on the training floor.
Approved sparring gear is required for all sparring classes.
Learn how to tie your belt properly – if you need help, just ask.
No chewing gum during class.


    Always come to class “Ready to Train!”
Work hard and be encouraging to your classmates.
And, never forget your goal: Black Belt Excellence!
If you miss your class due to illness or vacation for a period of more than one week, please notify the school.