Your demeanor before, during and after training BJJ should always be unobtrusive and respectful.

Every jiu-jitsu school has its own extent of traditional rituals and ceremonies. Whether it’s your first visit to a jiu-jitsu school in general or whether you’re visiting a new or different school, you should always follow the other participants’ example and adapt to their positive manners.

Listed below there are some general rules of conduct, that do have a universal validity:

  • Even though the tone during training is very casual in most BJJ schools, you should never forget to be respectful towards your coach as well as your training partners!
  • A clean gi and a healthy personal hygiene is obligatory for every training participant!
  • The mats are never to be stepped on with shoes!
  • The sanitary facilities are never to be entered barefooted!
  • Before stepping onto the mat you are supposed to bow towards the mat.
  • In case you’re running late, you should step onto the mat quietly and not until after the trainer’s invitation. You should skip a loudly excuse. Instead, it’s better to be punctual the next time.
  • If you’re feeling sick or suffering from an infectious skin disease , it is imperative to abstain from an active training participation!
  • The techniques and drills that are shown should not be questioned openly.
  • Conversations during training sessions should be reduced to a minimum. Private matters should solely be discussed before and after training.
  • During the coach’s demonstrations and explanations of techniques you should assume a respectful attitude. Lying down or milling around permanently poses a considerable disturbance to the training instructions and to your fellow participants and shows a lot of disrespect for your coach!
  • You should support your training partner during exercising the techniques and drills you were shown with cooperative behavior.
  • Your training partner is to be greeted respectfully before and after each sparring round.
  • During sparring your partner’s health should not be endangered by your behavior or techniques.
  • In general, you should not actively challenge a higher belt rank for a sparring match. A nicely posed question, however, should always be okay!
  • Higher ranking belt bearers should be given the necessary space on the mat without asking.
  • In unfamiliar schools you should leave the choice of your training partner to the coach or the other school members.
  • It is of utmost importance to protect your training partner from injuries!
  • Celebrating a victory or loudly commenting on a defeat during sparring is considered as extremely impolite and should, if necessary, be confined to an inner dialog!