Johore BJJ Code of Conduct

In order to maintain a positive environment that is both conductive to learning and welcoming to potential students, we require our students and staff to adhere to the following Club Etiquette guidelines.


  1. Always show respect to your instructors, training partners, and fellow human beings. Respect in training means: do not seek to harm fellow students physically (e.g., by cranking a submission harder than necessary to make them tap) Respect also means that you must train seriously and hard enough for you and your partner to improve his or her skills, conditioning, and fighting spirit. Not giving your best during training detracts from both you and your partner’s experience. You must also address the Instructors by their title at ALL times, ex. Sensei, Shihan, Professor, etc.
  2. Maintain good hygiene (i.e., shower and brush your teeth regularly). As you can imagine, it is difficult to concentrate on technique when you find your partner’s smells distracting!
  3. Keep finger and toe nails short and clean to prevent injury to yourself and others.
  4. Bring a clean, dry gi to each class. Also, always keep a rash guard or T-shirt in your gym bag for no-gi classes.
  5. Keep shoes off the mat, so that we can keep the mats clean and sanitary.
  6. Do not walk outside with bare feet. If you have to go outside, wear sandals or shoes. Items (5) and (6) are especially important to prevent the spread of skin conditions such as ringworm.
  7. Do not shout loudly or use profanity in the club. This should go without saying.
  8. Do not talk while the instructor is talking. It distracts those who are trying to learn and is disrespectful to the teacher, as well as other students.
  9. Stand, sit with your legs crossed or kneel during class. No lounging. Studies show that people learn more effectively when seated in upright postures.
  10. Do not leave the mat during class without the instructor’s permission.
  11. Keep cell phones off or set to silent during class. Again, they distract those who are trying to learn.
  12. If the instructor has not changed the task, then continue doing the task he or she has given (i.e., don’t sit around talking because you feel you have done a technique enough times). You can NEVER do a technique too many times.
  13. If the instructor has not asked you to help, teach or assist new personnel then do not! Do not begin conducting personal seminars or expounding upon technique which is being taught. You can of coarse help with the obvious. Our instructors are well equip and prepared to help all students in their training. If a question arises from a fellow training partner please consult the acting instructor or Professor.

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