The rules below have been approved by the Head Instructor of Grapplers Den. Should you fail to observe these rules, then you may be given a formal warning and/or banned from attending the academy and any affiliated club.

Class rules and etiquette policy

  1. Respect your instructor and all fellow students - Instructions given to you by your instructor should be followed at all times. This is to ensure the safety of all students.
  2. Be clean – Your gi and anything else you wear should be clean and dry.  You need to have showered recently, and maintain clean hair. Keep in mind that you will be in close personal contact with other people.
  3. No shoes on the mat – Your club puts a lot of effort in keeping the mats clean.  The bottom of your shoes are not clean, they carry dirt and potential disease. Any little rocks stuck in your shoes can easily poke holes in the mat. 
  4. Have the right equipment – Make sure you have your clean gi, belt, rash guard, mouth guard and water bottle. Make sure your equipment is in good condition (a ripped or torn gi can be a hazard for both you and your training partners). 
  5. Be careful with your training partners – BJJ can be very dangerous.  You need to show your training partners respect and lookout for their safety.  If you are close to tapping someone out slow down, give them time to tap.  Focus on controlling them as the submission is happening and slowly applying pressure, it is their responsibility to tap but you need to give them time.
  6. Be aware of your surroundings, don’t roll into other grapplers, and don’t roll off the mat or into a wall.  In the event you accidentally knee or elbow your training partner quickly apologise and slow down a little bit.
  7. Respect senior belts - They are senior because they have put more time into training and given their dues. If you are about to roll into a senior belt, then make sure you give them priority. Also, do not call out a senior belt for sparring and do not refuse a spar if asked by a senior belt - they should look after you!
  8. Do not do illegal techniques – only perform techniques on your partner that are legal for both you and your partner’s belt rank. See IBJJF rules for your belt rank -
  9. Keep finger and toe nails short – You don’t want to accidentally scratch someone.  If you have a hard time remembering to cut your nails keep a pair of clippers in your gym bag.
  10. Keep your feet clean – Most people bring sandals or flip-flops to the gym.  Don’t walk barefoot anywhere that would get your feet dirty (restroom, outside).  This is just common sense when it comes to keeping the mat clean.
  11. Watch your language – Be respectful with what you say. Do not swear or curse. Also, do not discuss religion or politics as we do not want to offend or get into debates that don’t relate to training BJJ.  
  12. Don’t change in mixed company – Don’t forget you are in public, keep your clothes on unless in a designated changing area.
  13. Pay attention during the techniques – It is rude to ignore or talk as your instructor is teaching.  Do not ask the instructor a bunch of “what if” questions, or talk about how the technique is easily defeated. 
  14. Do the technique – After the technique has been shown, DO IT! And don’t stop until the instructor says you are done.  Don’t do the move 3 times and think you have it down, or start looking for flaws in the move.  Moves take a long time to understand, if you only do one move a night you will still learn lots of BJJ. 
  15. Be a positive representative – Be nice to new and potential students, greet them and make an effort to help them feel comfortable. Do not bring the club into disrepute.
  16. Don’t leave a mess – Pick up after yourself.  
  17. Stay home if you are sick – Having someone that is sick on the mats is a great way for a lot of people to get sick.  Your friends will be missing school, work and time on the mat. 
  18. Help your training partners - If someone keeps making a mistake tell them.  Don’t keep taking advantage of it and tap them out with the same move over and over.  If you don’t know a good counter, find someone that does, maybe you both will learn something.  The better your training partners get at defending the better you will get at attacking.
  19. Mobile phones – Please keep them on silent. If you are expecting an important call tell your instructor you might be getting a call.  Most things can wait; if you really need to be connected then sneak a peek during a water break.
  20. Work hard – You don’t need to be the greatest athlete on the mat, your team will respect you for working hard.  Don’t complain, if you are too tired that’s okay but push yourself. You know your limits.
  21. Be on time – Get to class on time, if it is unavoidable ask your instructor if you can come in a little late.  Do not continually show up just in time to roll, that is like telling your instructor that the techniques they are showing are not worth your time.  Don’t make your instructor stay late, be ready to leave before your instructor is ready to lock up.
  22. If you are late - Wait at the side of the mat and for the instructor to acknowledge you and tell you to join the class. Do NOT presume it is okay to be late and join the class without the instructor's  permission.
  23. If the head instructor is not present - The most senior belt/student, or person nominated by the head instructor, should be respected as the stand-in instructor.
  24. Do not leave the class without advising the instructor -This is simply common courtesy and respect for your instructor and also they need to know who is present or missing if there is an emergency, e.g. fire evacuation.
  25. Be positive – A trick to doing BJJ for a long time is having fun, so enjoy your time on the mat.  Don’t get mad when you get tapped out or seek revenge, just smile and keep on training.  Speak highly of those who deserve it and encourage those who need a little support.
  26. We may not get on with everyone all of the time - If you feel that someone has an issue with you or always rolls too hard, then speak to the instructor, especially if you are uncomfortable with discussing this with the person directly, or, having spoken to them directly you have not resolved the issues. We operate a zero tolerance to bullying!
  27. Keep personal Info up to date – Your instructor maintains information on your contact details, so make sure you tell them about any changes in your circumstances, e.g. address, tele number, emergency contact info, medical conditions etc.
  28. Tell your instructor about any skin infection – If you have any kind of skin condition, you must immediately advise the class instructor before taking part in the class. This is to prevent spreading any infections and get advice on how to best treat it from your instructor, if they can, or, they will recommend you speak to your GP.
  29. If you are facing financial difficulties, then speak to the class instructor. We will do our best to keep you training and work with you. No one likes to chase students for fees, if there is an issue let us know.
  30. Try not to bring valuables to training. The  instructor(s) , nor the venue can be held responsible for lost/stolen valuables.