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BJJ Etiquette Rules:

    Mon, 2007-12-03 14:55 — Gumby

    I'm going to do the DEFINITIVE article on this someday, everytime I do a list it seems I always leave off something important. So a forum thread might be easier. Feel free to add your own, I just might add it to the article and give you credit:

    These Etiquette rules are pretty much universal for any academy I've ever been at. A lot of different academies will have their own addition rules. Therefore the first rule of BJJ Etiquette is:

    1: To ALWAYS know the rules of the house and abide by them. How things fly back home really don't count here, the instructor and students at the academy spent a long time building up a type of environment and you're the guest.
    1A: If you're not sure of something or what the proper rules are, you can always ASK, and a representative of the home academy must tell you the answer in a friendly manner.

    tomintokyo's picture

    Hi Gumby,

    Hope all is well. I saw the title of this post and immediately thought of a big-time faux pas I made while visiting you guys this past summer. When you and Will lined us up, I got to the head of the line and forgot to say "Black belt on the mat." My excuse is that they don't do this in Japan, so I completely blanked. Someone else said and then I knew I'd f'd up, but I think I was too embarrassed at the time to apologize. For the record, sorry about that, it won't happen again ;-)

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    JD Hurst's picture

    I have seen this before and I totally agree, good to post this.

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    Alabama_Man's picture

    2) When a higher belt asks you to roll, do not dicktuck and make excuses e.g., "I'm tired", "There is sand in my vagina", "My pinky hurts." This is impolite and will piss off the higher belt encouraging him/her to crush you more.

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    Alabama_Man's picture

    3) The average white belt shall be referred to as a "scroat." Scroat is a shortening of the word scrotum. The newly minted blue belt shall be referred to as an "extreme white belt." A wrestler, because he dominates your ass standing and is hard to tap, shall be referred to as a "spaz."

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    TheSenator's picture

    I like this rule but its more of an unwritten rule.

    "Never try to drown the person who is helping you to swim."

    I think it goes something like that.

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    LovatoJr's picture

    Here's one that I think is important. Never pull the "I'm too tired" or "I have an injury" to stop training with someone after you have already been going hard with them for 5 minutes. This usually happens when someone has too much of an ego and they don't like to tap. They will go hard with people and when they get their guard passed or they are about to get tapped out and they try to stop. I absolutely hate when I see that. I never let that happen at my academy, the rule is train until the tap.

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    TapperOuter's picture

    LovatoJr;15508 wrote:
    Here's one that I think is important. Never pull the "I'm too tired" or "I have an injury" to stop training with someone after you have already been going hard with them for 5 minutes. This usually happens when someone has too much of an ego and they don't like to tap. They will go hard with people and when they get their guard passed or they are about to get tapped out and they try to stop. I absolutely hate when I see that. I never let that happen at my academy, the rule is train until the tap.

    Agreed. if i just feel like i have to stop. Lungs exploding, or whatever i just give an arm or the back. They broke me one way or the other either physically or mentally so they deserve the tap. Thought my pride cause me to grab a guard and stall more often :P

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    Hunter_V's picture

    Here's another, we are TRAINING so act like it. Stop acting as if its the freakin mundials or a mma event. Getting hit every once in awhile while rolling is fine as it is accidental, but when EVERYBODY is getting banged up because some idiot wants to flail or "accidently" throw a shot when he is conveniently in a bad spot then it only serves to piss off everybody and make you feel unwanted (and you don't want that to happen).

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    GAZZY's picture

    If I get tired during training and really feel like I'm gonna puke or hyperventilate, I ask my training partner for a few seconds to breath.. I don't stop till time is up for that round. If I have to puke, I run off to the puke bucket, puke, wipe my mouth off, and come right back to my partner, apologize for the puke breath, and keep rolling.

    I've also had moments where my shoulder just gets progressively worse or gets tweaked even more during a roll, so I step out. I think it's a totally legitimate reason to bow out of the roll. It's happened to me numerous times. My neck, back, shoulders, and my shins.. have all gotten in the way of my rolls in the past. Most injuries CAN get tweaked more during training, and I am totally against trying to ignore it to prove something. If you're injured you're injured! Good job to you for trying to get on the mat and overcome it.. but if your body is speaking to you, and you are in pain, STOP.

    On the other hand, you have the guys that use the injury thing as an excuse cuz they know they are too tired and WILL not do well against their rolling partner. That's pure egotism and they deserve to get smashed anyways!! Probably shouldn't even be there!!

    here are some more:

    - if you're late to class, you wait before the entrance of the dojo and wait for the instructor to tell you it's ok to enter.
    - always greet your higher ranks first
    - always try to greet your training partners and anyone else in the dojo (it's just good etiquette)
    - make sure to wear your shoes when you have to use the restroom and plan on coming back to the mat.
    - never wear your wrestling shoes outside then bring them onto the mat.
    - never teach anything to other students, that's what the instructor is there for. If someone you are working with needs help, raise your hand and ask the teacher to help you guys out.. or if the instructor gives you permission to assist before hand, then it's cool.
    - never ever walk into someone else's school teaching things.. ever! I've seen this so many times, it looks really stupid, and lacks respect.
    - when being taught something by the instructor, never say "oh, well i learned it THIS way" if you truly have a question about which way is right, ask!! "is this way wrong? (or) which way is better?"
    - Newer students should always try to keep the mats clean and always offer to help cleaning the mats. This one is questionable since the students pay to be there and some of the students may be doctors and lawyers which have better things to do with their time, it should vary per student and per their dedication/love for their dojo..

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    JOB's picture

    Bow to kano!

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    TapperOuter's picture

    Gumby;14802 wrote:

    It is considered impolite to ask a higher belt to roll with you. A higher belt will roll with you at their discretion. (This is particularly true of black belts. Although to be honest I usually don't mind if someone asks, I'm also grateful for this rule.)
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    Honestly can't say i had ever heard this one before. Though my experience is admittedly limited. It makes some sense, though in a lot of places a white belt may end up waiting a while for a training opportunity. I always wanted to sieze the initiative both in whom i rolled with and in the process of rolling. Kind of a "it's up to me to get better" deal. Well, learn something new every day.

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    KibunInc's picture

    Since I do not have a belt (I only do no Gi), I will roll with anyone. The one thing I find important is that when I visit other gyms I make sure they know that I am not there to show off or step on anyones toes, I just want to roll and learn.

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