- What gear you’ll need and where to get it at discount. Please visit our schedule for what’s on the agenda on the mats i.e. Gi, NoGI, Parent+Child, Open Mat, kids only etc.
For a great Gi with our partner, head over to V3DA hub. There you will also see a rash guard for no Gi. We have a limited supply of loaner Gi’s. Please ask ahead of time. If nothing else, wear a rash guard and shorts (no buckles, clasps, buttons and zippers).
Note: there are several mat areas for different classes to all occur at the same time
- What to bring to your first day of class
We recommend the following: Gi/No Gi attire, small towel, water bottle, mouth guard (optional)
- What you can expect on your first day
Day 1 should look something like this. You will be greeted and after having changed into proper attire, the class begins with a light warm-up. Followed by 20 minutes of a technique. And we end the class with live one on one sparring (in a controlled supervised manner of course).
- How to train with your new teammates
We foster a community and family-like environment. Each student is treated equally. Regardless of rank (there are etiquettes that we do follow, however). And as such, there is no bullying. No coercion. No bad behaviour. No acts of aggression outside the normal bounds of training. Respect for one another is of utmost importance. In other words, play nice.
- How to be a good training partner. Jiu-Jitsu has roots in honour and tradition of respect for your Sensei/Professor, instructors and each other. Dojo etiquette includes:
- no shoes on the mats, no jewelry, rings, watches etc.
- bow before and after entering the mat area
- show up on time. If you arrive late. Wait on the edge of the mat for permission to enter onto the mats. If you are late, you will be asked to do jumping jacks.
- no horse play on the mats
- keep side conversations down to a whisper
- no teaching others, unless you are a teacher
- during a match, higher ranked students always out rank lower belts. This means if you encroach another fighting area, the lower belt students move away from higher belts
- when requesting a match, lower belt students generally should not ask higher belts unless approached by the higher belts
- honour the tap (Jiu-Jitsu is submission based either by chokes or joint locks)
- start on your knees (unless otherwise told)
- and lastly, there are no acts of aggression allowed outside the norms of Jiu-Jitsu, ex. No punching, kicking, shoving, striking of any kind, verbal aggression, gouging of any kind. Control your emotions. Lack of self-control will not be tolerated. This is the Gentle Art after all
- Oh, and always wear clean attire. No stinky Gi’s. No stinky rashguards. That includes keeping yourself well-groomed ex. cut nails (fingers and toes), no sores (come back when they are healed). Contagions of course are to be avoided from the dojo, including colds. If you feel ill, you should stay home.
- After the end of the week, don’t forget to record your mat time on your dashboard ‘mats per week’. Entries will be added to your record and used as part of your performance metrics during promotions.
OK, now let’s go out there and have some fun!