Dojo Rules and Etiquette

  • Arrive on Time: Please try to arrive on time, or even a little early. If you do have to be late or leave early, please inform the head instructor in advance if you can.
    • a. If you do have to arrive late, please come in and stretch off to the side. When you are properly stretched and ready to begin, signify this by kneeling politely off to the side and waiting for the instructor to acknowledge you.
    • b. If you need to leave early, politely inform the head instructor and bow off the mat.
  • Bowing: The bow in Japan is a sign of respect and courtesy. A bow should be rendered by bending 45° from the waist, with your head up. Bows should be rendered in the following situations:
    • a. Bow as you enter and leave the dojo, even if you are just there to watch.
    • b. Bow as you step onto the mat. This is done to show that you are there to actively participate in class.
    • c. Class will begin and end by formally bowing as a group to the shomen (the front of the room/flags) and to each other.
    • d. Bow whenever you begin working with a new partner or when you are done working with your current partner. This is to thank them for working with you.
    • e. Bow when you receive instruction from a person who outranks you. This is to thank them for sharing their knowledge with you.
  • Clothing: The complete uniform of a martial artist is called a dogi, or clothing of the way. (This term is often shortened to gi.) Much like any uniform, students are expected to follow certain guidelines concerning the wear and care of the uniform.
    • a. Please do not wear your uniform outside of the dojo. The uniform is to be worn for martial arts training only.
    • b. Students are expected to keep uniforms clean and well cared for.
    • c. All students under the rank of brown belt are asked to wear a white gi only. After achieving the rank of sankyu (3rd degree brown belt), students are invited to wear a black gi or continue to wear the white gi.
    • d. Don’t forget to remove all your jewelry before participating in class. (See safety rules.)
  • Personal Conduct: A martial artist is a person of character and honor. That means that all students are expected to follow a strict code of conduct. Students should conduct themselves in an honorable, responsible, and respectful manner both in the dojo and during their day-to-day lives. Other expectations include:
    • a. Students will refrain from making false, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive representation about their rank, ability, background or training.
    • b. It is important and required that you accept your classmates solely for the purpose of learning JuJitsu and helping them to be proficient in all aspects of the art.
    • c. Do not act in any manner or say anything to any other participant in your dojo that would be distracting and disruptive to the normal instructional pattern of the Sensei. The only justification for any type of disruption is if a student is in imminent danger of injury.
    • d. It is forbidden to engage in/or support any practice which results in discrimination of any kind including but not limited to discrimination based on race, color, creed, age, sex, ancestry, national origin, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.
    • e. No student should demonstrate unsportsmanlike conduct during class or competition. Such conduct will result in suspension of class.
    • f. It is forbidden to use the art(s) we are teaching you in vain or for aggressive reasons at any time. If used in any means besides self-defense or competition purposes, the student will be immediately dismissed from class and dojo membership will be terminated.
  • Saftey: One of the greatest concerns when participating in any activity involving physical contact is safety. Jujitsu is no different. The techniques you will learn can inflict extensive damage if not performed with control. Please read the safety rules listed on the safety rules page and follow them carefully.
  • Sharing what you have learned: We would like to ask that you please refrain from sharing the information and techniques you learn in this class with others. If they would like to learn more about what you are doing, invite them to class where they may learn the information in a safe and controlled manner, with qualified instructors. Even if they do not want to participate, spectators are always welcome.
  • Self Defense: Please remember the art you are learning is for self defense purposes only. Use of this art in an aggressive manner is strictly prohibited, and is grounds for expulsion from the dojo. You are welcome to enter into sanctioned tournaments and similar activities with your instructor’s permission, but remember you are representing not only yourself, but also the entire Dynamic Martial Arts name. Please respect what so many have worked so hard to create.
  • Past Injuries: Students with past physical injuries are required to submit proof of health, signed by their parents (if under 18 years of age) and Physician before becoming a member of the dojo. The Chief Instructor reserves all right to cancel any membership if health reasons are endangering the student in JuJitsu.
  • Discipline: Discipline is a right reserved only to the head Sensei of the dojo. You do not have the right to discipline any student in your Sensei's dojo, without consent by your Sensei.
The most important thing to remember when you come to class is that we are all there to learn. Everyone in the dojo, from the youngest white belt, all the way up to Hanshi Julio Usera is there to learn from you and share his or her knowledge with you. The dojo is intended to be a place where you can relax and escape from the world.