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. BJJ 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. 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.
  7. Students must wear a complete Renzo Gracie Academy (RGA) Gi with both jacket and pants at all times.
  8. No-Gi classes require an appropriate uniform with a rash guard and shorts. RGA gear preferably.
  9. Students are not allowed on the mat area in street attire during any class sessions.
  10. 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.
  11. All students must maintain impeccable personal hygiene due to the close-contact nature of the art of Jiu-Jitsu.
  12. Nails must be trimmed and without any sharp edges.
  13. 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.
  14. Obscene language, ill temperament, or discrimination (of any kind) will never be tolerated at the Academy. Control your temper at all times while training.
  15. Do not abuse your knowledge of martial arts. Martial arts should only be used to protect yourself and others.
  16. Footwear/Flip-flops must be worn when off the mats.
  17. If anyone is caught training with infections, they will be banned from the academy.

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