Try to arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time. All students should be dressed out & on the mat prior to the scheduled class start time.  Coming into class late causes a disruption for the entire class. However, sometimes being late is unavoidable. If you do come in late, acknowledge the instructor prior to joining the class. Also, if you need to leave early, please let the instructor know ahead of time.

 Please keep your training attire clean, free of foul odors, & in good condition for EVERY class. Training in martial arts involves close personal contact. Make sure that your fingernails & toenails are properly trimmed, and your hair (if long) is pulled back & secured & remove any jewelry during training. If you have any type of skin infection (staph, ringworm, etc.) you will not be allowed to train until it is cleared up. These bacterial & fungal infections are highly contagious and can quickly spread throughout the entire class. If you suspect you may have an infectious skin condition or are not sure, ask the instructor.

Do not bring food or drinks on the mat. No shoes of any kind are allowed on the mats. Shoes damage the mats & carry unwanted germs into the training area. Always wear shoes when off of the mat, especially in the restroom. Infectious diseases such as staph & ringworm are a serious concern & will keep you from training. Do your part to keep the training area clean & free of germs. The mats should be cleaned after every training session. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that we have a clean & safe environment to train. Please help with the cleaning of the mats after class.

Parents are welcome to observe classes.  However, while we encourage & appreciate your support & involvement, please avoid excessive noise, talking, & refrain from coaching your children from the sidelines while they are in class.

Know your limitations & those of your training partners. All submission holds should always be applied in a controlled manner. If you injure your training partner, you won’t have anyone to train with. Tap early & often. Tapping is not a sign of weakness; rather it is a part of the learning process. Make sure you will be able to train tomorrow. If you sustain an injury during training, or outside of class, make sure that the instructor & your training partners are aware of it. You may need to sit out of training or limit certain activities to avoid further injury.

The training mat is a learning environment. It is not a competition. Don’t be afraid to try new things & put yourself in uncomfortable positions. That is the only way to learn & get better. Your concern should be with learning & improving, not defeating your teammates during training.

 It is a way of showing respect to the people on the mat & the area that you train on.

Avoid loud talking, profane language, or horseplay during training. Listen attentively and maintain proper posture whenever the instructor is speaking. If you need to leave the mat at any time during class, ask permission from the instructor before just walking off the mat.

Students are expected to drill technique consistently and continuously with attention to detail during the allotted time. It takes many, many repetitions to understand and be able to apply techniques. Train vigilantly & do not waste class time sitting around idly. Keep unnecessary talking to a minimum. Your focus should be on learning. Work together with your training partners for mutual benefit. Avoid giving excessive resistance to your partner when drilling techniques. If you do not understand a technique, please ask questions at appropriate times.

Especially if the mat is crowded, be aware of those around you to avoid injuring your teammates. Sometimes, when there are a lot of people on the mat at one time, students may run into each other. It is considered customary & respectful for the lower ranking students to stop & yield space to the higher belts. Also, be very careful when training takedowns to ensure that you have sufficient space. 

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