Safety Rules

Kid performing an armbar on an adult

  • When practicing with your uke (i.e. partner), the aim is not to fight him or her, but to instead learn the techniques through and with him or her.
  • Care should be taken to be aware of the ability (rank) of the uke.
  • Proper warm-up exercises will be executed before beginning any techniques between students.
  • When your partner is locked in a position which causes pain, he or she will tap TWO-TIMES on his or her partner, the mat, or as a last resort on themselves. The tap may also be given verbally by saying tap, but should be used in conjunction with a physical tap if at all possible. When a tap is heard or felt, tori (the person executing the technique) is to release the hold. If you are not sure the tap has occurred, release the hold.
  • In case of injury, notify the instructor immediately so that he or she may take appropriate action. Only authorized instructors may administer first aid.
  • Kids fighting in sparring gear
  • Proper safety equipment (mouth piece, sparring pads, etc.) must be worn as dictated by the instructor.
  • All male students must wear a cup and supporter. A supporter is also recommended for women.
  • Please remove all jewelry (watches, earrings, necklaces, rings, etc.) prior to beginning the work out. Wedding rings with no sharp edges may be worn with the approval of the instructor.
  • Students must properly groom finger and toenails.
  • Please tie back long hair so that it is out of your eyes and face.
  • It is extremely important that students inform the instructor of any past mental or physical injuries or disabilities that may increase the danger of the students performing any of the required techniques. A written statement of approval from a doctor or parent may be required before participating in a workout session.
  • Any open wounds or injuries that are hidden from view by the gi or bandages should be reported to the instructor prior to working out.
  • The instructor of the dojo has the right to restrict and/or release a student from participating in class due to safety rules or other issues that may cause harm to a student or instructor.

IF AT ANY TIME YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE PERFORMING A TECHNIQUE OR SEE SOMEONE DOING SOMETHING THAT APPEARS UNSAFE, PLEASE INFORM THE INSTRUCTOR RIGHT AWAY.