If you're a first time visitor to a BJJ gym, it can be a little
confusing trying to figure out the etiquette.
What should you wear? How
do you behave? What are the rules?
In this blog post, we will go over 10
basic etiquette tips for first time visitors to BJJ gyms.
By following these simple tips, you'll make sure that you have a positive experience at the gym.
Table of Contents
Rule #1: Wear the right gear
Most BJJ gyms have a dress code that requires participants to wear a gi (the traditional jiu jitsu uniform). If you don't have a gi, most gyms will be able to provide you with one to borrow for your first class. Just be sure to return it clean and in good condition.
If you want to buy your own BJJ gi, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
The first thing is to find out whether your gym has a mandatory gi to wear.
Some instructors might oblige students to buy official gi uniforms using the gym's name or brand.
Some gyms do not offer official gis but only allow white gis to be worn and some are very liberal and leave the choice of your gi brand and colors entirely up to you.
If you have the freedom to buy your own gi, then you need to make sure the gi is well-constructed and made of high-quality materials. This will ensure that it lasts longer and doesn't tear or rip easily.
You'll also want to make sure the fit is comfortable and allows you to move freely.
Another thing to consider is the price. You can find BJJ gis at a variety of price points, so it's important to find one that fits your budget.
You might also want to buy additional gears, such as rashguards, a mouthguard and a finger tape.
Rule #2: Be on time
Being on time for your BJJ class is important for a few reasons.
First, warming up properly is crucial for preventing injury.
Second, it's disrespectful to both your instructor and your classmates to show up late.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to get to the academy so you can start class on time.
Rule #3: Don’t wear shoes on the mats
One of the most important rules of BJJ etiquette is to never wear shoes on the mats.
When you're heading to your next BJJ class, make sure to leave your shoes at the door.
This will help to keep the mats clean and free of any dirt, germs or debris that could cause someone to slip. Plus, it's just more polite for everyone involved.
Rule #4: Listen to your instructor
It's important to listen to your instructor and follow their instructions. They know what they're doing and they're there to help you learn.
If you're having trouble understanding something, don't be afraid to ask your instructor for help.
They want you to succeed and will be more than happy to explain things further.
Rule #5: Respect your fellow students
One of the most important things to remember when you're at the gym is
to be respectful of your fellow students.
There will be people of all
skill levels, so be patient and understanding with everyone.
Remember that everyone is there to learn and improve, so don't be judgmental or condescending. Just focus on your own training and let everyone else do the same.
Rule #6: Don't be a 'mat hog'
When you're rolling (or sparring) with someone, it's important to be aware of your space and give other students who are also rolling enough room to move.
Don't be a 'mat hog' by hogging all the space and not giving your fellow students room to move. This is both rude and dangerous.
Not only will it make the roll to be awkward and unpleasant, but it also increases the risk of injury.
Just be conscious of your surroundings and give everyone the space they need to train safely.
Rule #7: Be humble
When you're new to BJJ, it's important to remember not to be a know-it-all. Everyone starts at the beginning, and no one expects you to be an expert from the get-go.
Just come in with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
There's a lot to learn about BJJ, and you'll never know everything. But that's okay.
The journey is part of the fun. Embrace the challenge and enjoy the ride. You might just surprise yourself with what you're capable of.
Rule #8: Be prepared to sweat
When you're starting out in BJJ, it's important to be prepared for a physical challenge.
That means wearing clothes that are comfortable and breathable, and bringing a towel and water bottle to stay hydrated.
You may find that you sweat a lot during your training, so it's important to be prepared for that.
Rule #9: Clean up after yourself
We all want to keep the gym clean, so be sure to clean up your mess after class.
Trim your nails, take a shower and use deodorant before your class for proper hygiene.
Be sure to put away all the equipment you used, wipe down the mats, and take your garbage with you when you're finished with your class.
This will help keep the gym clean and organized for everyone.
Rule #10: Don’t look for a fight in a BJJ gym
This is common sense but some people just do not get it.
There are people who join a BJJ class not to learn but to prove that they have a better fighting style than jiu jitsu.
If your intention of joining a BJJ gym is to challenge an instructor or student to solidify your ego, then don't. Believe me that it will not end well for you.
To wrap it up....
If you’re a first time visitor to a BJJ gym, make sure you’re aware of the etiquette rules. By following these simple guidelines, you can avoid any embarrassing or potentially harmful situations and make the most out of your training experience.
And if you’re already an experienced grappler, remember to always lead by example and help newcomers feel welcome in the community.
If you happen to be in the Jakarta area and are looking for a place to train, check out this post about the best BJJ gym in the city.