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Gracie Barra Training Etiquette

Training Etiquette at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rohnert Park

  1. Bow to Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. when you enter the training area.
  2. Bow to Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. when you exit the training area.
  3. Keep a respectful posture in the training area.
  4. Classes begin with a formal bow to the instructor and students line up in descending grade order.
  5. Classes end with a formal bow to the picture of Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr., and also to the instructor.
  6. All students line up with the attendance card in hand at the beginning of the class.
  7. When the instructor is demonstrating techniques, every student must sit or stand in good posture.
  8. If you are late for class, you sit by the side of the training area and wait for the permission from the professor.
  9. If you need to leave the mat or leave earlier you must ask permission from the professor.
  10. Bow to your partner before and after each class.
  11. Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject.
  12. No foul language inside the school.
  13. Fingernails and toenails must be kept short for safety purposes.
  14. All students, instructors, professors, and visitors must wear the official Gracie Barra uniform. The uniform pants and top must be the same color.
  15. It’s mandatory to wear the official Gracie Barra black rash guard or training shirt underneath gis.
  16. It is mandatory for everyone to have underwear underneath gi pants.
  17. For No Gi classes, students must wear a Gracie Barra black board short (or black short) and the Gracie Barra Black rash guard or Gracie Barra training shirt.
  18. The uniform must be clean at all times. A dirty uniform is a sign of disrespect.
  19. The uniform must be worn at all times.
  20. When tying uniforms, students must face the edge of the mats.
  21. All belts represent progress. Keep it on.
  22. Refer to non black-belt instructors as “coaches”.
  23. Refer to black-belt instructors as “professors” and to Carlos Gracie Jr. as “master”.
  24. All metal objects, jewelry, piercing, necklaces and other items must be removed.
  25. No shoes, food or drink allowed on the mat.
  26. No cell phones allowed in the training area.
  27. All students and instructors must wear shoes when walking outside of the training area.

Gracie Barra Uniform Etiquette

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Uniform Etiquette Rohnert Park, CA

The Jiu-Jitsu gi (uniform) is the formal Japanese name for the traditional uniform used in Jiu-Jitsu practice and competition. It is derived from traditional Japanese clothing.

The Jiu-Jitsu/Judo gi was the first modern martial arts training uniform, and it is likely that the Gracie family developed the original Jiu-Jitsu gi from the traditional kimono and other Japanese garments around the early 1900s.

Over the years, the pant legs and sleeves grew longer and changes were made in the material and fit. The traditional unbleached cotton is now bleached white. Although, blue and pink gis are also available. Other martial arts, notably Judo and Karate, adopted the style of training uniform used in Jiu-Jitsu.

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