Basic Information

What to bring?

    • For both GI and NoGI: a rashguard , a mounthguard, a towel and sandals;
    • For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu GI classes, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu GI. Other Budo GI’s (like karate, tae kwon do) can’t be used for a BJJ practice. If you don’t have one, you can borrow it to an experimental class and/or purchase it before training.
    • A bottle of water;
    • good mood.


Training Guidelines

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are taught in a more relaxed way than other traditional martial arts. Nonetheless, in order to keep a good atmosphere, where everybody is welcome and able to evolve, we require our students and teachers pay attention to the following guidelines:


A. Respect:


Please, show respect to your instructors, training partners, and fellow human beings. Respect in training means:

  1. Do not seek to harm fellow students physically or emotionally;
  2. Do not shout loudly or use bad words during the training. This should go without saying;
  3. Do not talk while the instructor is talking. It distracts those who are trying to learn and is disrespectful to the teacher, as well as other students;
  4. Treat others how you would like to be treated.


B. Hygiene:


Please, keep a good hygiene, for the sake of other people around you. Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling sport. By maintaining good hygiene habits, we prevent discomfort and the spread of diseases. Hygiene in training means:

  1. Maintain basic hygiene: shower, brush your teeth;
  2. Please refrain from heavy perfumes, colognes or other artificial scents that may be intensified by the heat of the practice;
  3. For safety reasons, keep finger and toe nails short and clean to prevent injury to yourself and your partners;
  4. Very important: Bring a clean, dry gi to each class;
  5. Keep shoes off the mat, so that we can keep the mats clean;
  6. Never walk outside with bare feet. Let’s prevent the spread of skin conditions such as ringworm.


C. Uniform:


The way you present yourself in the teaining and for the BJJ community matters, leave a good impression wearing new, clean and good uniforms:

  1. A BJJ GI is different from Judo or karate uniforms. Students, teacher and visitors should wear a BJJ GI with a Rashguard or T-Shirt underneath it;
  2. Please have underwear underneath the GI pants;
  3. The belt has to be an official BJJ belt, with a black stripe, or in case of black belts, a red one. It represents your progress. Keep it on all the time;
  4. For No Gi Classes, students must wear a short or gi paint as well as a Rash Guard with at least 40% of his/her belt color in it;
  5. All metal objects, jewelry, piercing, necklaces and other items should be removed;
  6. Please wear your gi, a T-shirt, or a tank top while in public areas of the Training Facility.


D. Punctuality:


Your punctuality says pretty much about you. To have control of your time is to have control of your life. Punctuality is undeniably an important part of the training:

  1. Please, try not to be late for the class. It will disturb the class flow and it also affect your learning progress;
  2. Please don’t give late-comers the stink-eye. Lateness happens;
  3. For safety reasons, if you are late for class sit by the side of the training area and wait for the permission from the Instructor to step in;
  4. For safety reasons, if you need to leave earlier you must ask permission from the Instructor.


E. Focus & Self-control:


Keep your focus. It will be beneficial in and out of the mat:

  1. Stand, sit with your legs crossed, or kneel during class. you’ll learn more effectively if you seat in upright postures;
  2. Please, Keep cell phones off during class. Disconnect from the external world at least at the time you are practicing;
  3. If the instructor has not changed the task, then continue doing the task he or she has given. You can NEVER do a technique too many times;
  4. Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject. There will be at least two pauses during the training for you to talk about other things.


F. Training routine:


Stick to the training routine and you’re gonna create good habits:

  1. Classes begin with a formal bow from students to the instructor, from the instructors to the students, which are lining up in descending grade order;
  2. Drinking water is allowed (and even recommended) in all times, except when the Instructor is explaining a technique;
  3. For safety reasons, please ask your instructor before trying that fancy technique you’ve watched on youtube last night, your instructor will guide you and explain you the benefits/risks as well as correcting you. Never try anything without supervision;
  4. Students are very welcome to ask questions at any time during the training, regarding the encurrent practice;
  5. Classes end up in a circle with a formal bow towards the center. Teacher becomes student and students become teachers. Grade orders don’t matter. We all thank everyone for the training, walking in a clockwise direction.


G. Sparring:


See your partner as a teacher, don’t seek to hurt anyone and refrain from your aggressive impulses:

  1. Please, do not talk about who you tapped out and how tough you are. It is not interesting to anyone and besides it is anti-ethical;
  2. Remember: normally you should not ask a higher grade to spar. However, if you have already a relationship with a senior student that you know he or she won’t be bothered by it, you are welcome to ask;
  3. Your sparring partners as people who are there to help you learn. You don’t wanna hurt anyone;
  4. You must train focused enough for you and your partner to improve his or her skills, conditioning, and fighting spirit. Focused doesn’t mean neither Hard or Soft, but in balance;
  5. Don’t put your hands or feet on your partner’s face;
  6. Be aware of those sparring around you. Don’t come into their area. Lower grades always move out of the way of higher ones;
  7. Apply submissions with self-control. Don’t release your aggressiveness in someone else. Be aware of your actions;
  8. When the instructor calls time, STOP.


By carryng out these rules, a student can have maximum benefits of the training. The graduation will be evaluated not only upon technical level or success in competitions but how the student behaves during the training. A member that is disrespecting these rules over and over will be warned, get a suspension and in extreme cases expelled from the training.



The more you relax and let go of the outcome, the faster you will learn. The harder you try to squeeze and muscle your way through every situation, the higher will be your risk of injury yourself and others and the slower your progress will be.