Academy Etiquette

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Academy Etiquette

Renzo Gracie Academy Etiquette

  1. Students must always show respect to all peers and instructors. Please treat everyone with courtesy.
  2. All students share the responsibility of keeping the Academy safe and clean.
  3. Please do not arrive late to class or leave early. If you must, obtain permission from your instructor first.
  4. Class begins with students lining up in descending rank with their attendance cards in their hands. If you can’t find your attendance card, please speak with an Academy Staff Member.
  5. Students must remain quiet and attentive in class and not engage in idle, unnecessary chatter. This is of particular importance when the Professor is speaking or demonstrating a technique.
  6. If you are seeking to take a second class on the same day, you must first ask for the Professor’s permission.
  7. Students must properly wear a clean, odor-free uniform at all times.  The uniform must be in peak condition for every class. Professors have the right to deny training if a student’s Gi is unsanitary.
  8. Students must wear a complete Renzo Gracie Academy (RGA) Gi with both jacket and pants at all times.
  9. No-Gi classes require an appropriate uniform with matching RGA rashguard or a t-shirt displaying the student’s current rank, and RGA shorts.
  10. All students must have their first name written on their front left lapel of their Gi.
  11. Students are not allowed on the mat area in street attire during any class sessions.
  12. Hats, outdoor shoes, or jewelry are prohibited in the mat area. The Academy does not hold itself responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items.
  13. All students must maintain impeccable personal hygiene due to the close-contact nature of the art of Jiu-Jitsu.
  14. All students are required to report any injury, health, or skin condition to their instructor prior to class. Any skin condition must be addressed immediately before a class begins.
  15. All students must keep fingernails and toenails short for safety reasons.
  16. Obscene language, ill temperament, or discrimination (of any kind) will never be tolerated at the Academy. Control your temper at all times while training.
  17. Do not abuse your knowledge of the martial arts. Martial arts should only be used to protect yourself and others.

Master Renzo’s Practical Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Training

  • Train to the best of your ability and always apply maximum effort.
  • To get the most out of your training, attend classes regularly.
  • Be on your best behavior at all times, and respect the Academy’s etiquette.
  • Listen to your instructor carefully.
  • Improve and train the skills you already have.
  • Learn any new skills with precision, concentration, and motivation.

While some of these rules may seem strict and formal, they exist for a reason:
The Academy Etiquette Guidelines are crucial in order to instill the respect and discipline necessary when practicing martial arts.
Without committing to these guidelines, practicing this art form could be dangerous.

Thank you,
~ Master Renzo Gracie