Dojo Etiquette


Galeb Brothers BJJ Academy Baulkham Hills/Rouse Hill

Etiquette & Procedures

Martial Art without philosophy is a street fight. Etiquette plays a significant role in Martial Art training regardless of style. Etiquette is a prescribed set of standards for a person’s conduct and attitude toward themselves and others. Good discipline ensures a positive and safe environment during BJJ training. In fact Etiquette is enforced to develop one’s personal responsibility and respect for others within the Academy. Jiu-Jitsu is as much the development of the person as it is about developing self-defense skills. Proper etiquette provides the necessary motivation to develop positive character traits. Furthermore etiquette as in every sport should not be challenged, but instead respected. Developing these values correlates directly to overall safety. Self-control and good sportsmanship are a must in the class. Mutual benefit is a major theme in training and sparring and allows for a strong TEAM concept to be developed. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practiced for the purpose of preparation for real life scenarios, but only to be used in a self defense situation as a last resort. Inappropriate behavior and use that leads to: street fights, gang affiliation, challenge matches such as club fights, and/or bullying will not be tolerated. While at the Academy or in the general public remember you represent Galeb Brothers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy with integrity and respect at all times, especially when wearing Academy clothing. Failure to adhere to any of the above will result in expulsion or suspension of the student or students involved. “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”  ~J.C. Watts MARTIAL ARTS BEGINS AND ENDS WITH RESPECT In our opinion, bowing is one of the most important techniques in all of the martial arts. When you bow, you are practicing humility, respect, appreciation, and mindfulness.  Each time you bow to your Instructors and fellow team mates at any time during training, you are associating these feelings with practice.  If you do it sincerely enough times, you will associate your practice with the deeper benefits of training: humility, respect, appreciation, and mindfulness. The practice of standing with your feet together and arms being symmetrical also affects the nervous system and the emotions.  Body language experts have done research that show that people that stand at attention, in a symmetrical stance while silent, will retain more information in a learning environment than others who do not assume the posture.  This is one of the reasons you will see the military use this. You may learn different skills in life, like how to drive, how to be an engineer, a new language, but how do you learn humility and the other deeper skills of the martial arts?  The physical practice of bowing is a reminder of the inner feelings that are associated with those actions.  The most important part of bowing is sincerity. There is a famous saying within the culture of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu handed down by the Machado Family which reads “Leave Your Ego at the Door.”  We install in our students that the Martial Arts begin and end with “RESPECT.” Our Academy Etiquette & Procedures


  • Remove your shoes before stepping on the mats.
  • Bow when stepping on the mat and bow to the Instructor or a person of higher rank on the mat (bowing signifies respect and humility and is a strong tradition in all martial arts).
  • At the start of the class, line up in order of higher rank.
  • Be punctual to the classes. If you are late do not interrupt, instead wait until your instructor authorizes you to join the class.
  • Do not leave the mat without permission of your Instructor.
  • Always show respect to higher rank students and to those who are senior in age to you.
  • Be attentive when the Instructor is speaking or teaching.
  • Students are not to teach unless authorized by Instructor.
  • If at anytime during training you are in danger of being injured through an applied technique firmly tap your partner 3 times. If this is not possible say TAP TAP. Your training partner should immediately STOP applying any technique.
  • Be attentive during training instruction, live grappling and sparring. If you enter or approach another groups training space you should STOP.
  • If a throw or take down is being practiced ask your partner if they are confident in breaking the fall, if not, practice the move without releasing your partner and pay special attention to placing them on the ground safely.
  • Parents, friends or any observers outside the mats should remain quiet during the classes. This helps the students maintain concentration and avoids unnecessary disputes.
  • When the class ends, line up again like at the beginning of the class. Wait for the Instructor to announce the end of the class. Then bow to the Instructor, shake hands with other students and file out in order of grades.
  • No gum chewing during training allowed.
  • Profane language and inappropriate conversations will not be tolerated.


  • Safety in technical practice is the number one concern when training in Jiu-Jitsu.
  • The following techniques are prohibited for all ranks during normal in-class sparring.
  • Straight cervical neck cranks
  • Small joint manipulations (fingers and toes)
  • Fingers or hands in the mouth or ears
  • Attacking the groin
  • Hair pulling / grabbing
  • High velocity slams from the guard
  • Pinching or crushing the trachea (windpipe)
  • Face crushing (face choking)
  • Striking or uncontrolled dropping of body weight of any kind
  • The following techniques are prohibited for White through Blue Belt
  • Heel hooks or twisting foot locks
  • Knee bars
  • Toe holds
  • Wrist locks
  • Guillotine on Mount position
  • If you wish to use any or all attacks on Purple, Brown, and Black belt students, you shall inform them prior to the start of the match.


  • Attention to personal hygiene is a must. Students should be clean and free of foul odours. In order for the class to maintain the highest standards of hygiene the following rules must me followed:
  • Finger and toenails must be trimmed short.
  • Hair if long must be pulled back and secured.
  • A daily bath and use of under arm deodorant is required
  • The Gi and or training attire shall be washed and thoroughly clean prior to every use. We recommend a black cotton T-shirt be wear under the Gi to minimize the odors.
  • The Jiu-Jitsu belt shall not be washed
  • Earrings and all others body piercing, wrist and ankle bracelets and rings or any types of jewelry are prohibited. In case it is not possible to remove, they should be covered with athletic tape during trainee.
  • Wound or superficial cuts should be covered with athletic tape prior and during training.
  • If you are not feeling well, perhaps a start of a flu or cold, it is appreciated that you stay home until the illness has passed.