CODE OF CONDUCT

IMPORTANT: ABSOLUTELY UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS ANY VIDEO-TAPING ALLOWED.

DRESS CODE

  • Do not wear a shirt under the kimono during sparring.
  • All students must wear the official uniform (GI/NO GI).
  • It is mandatory to have underwear underneath the GI pants.
  • The belt represents your commitment and progress. Keep it on.
  • Absolutely, no other school/affiliation patches may be worn for training.
  • The uniforms pants and top must be the same color (Only white allowed).
  • The GI should be wear all the time excepted when NO GI uniform is required.
  • All metal objects, jewelry, piercings, rings, necklaces and other such items should be removed.
  • For No-GI Classes, students must wear the official Gracie shorts as well as the ranked Rash Guard or Gracie GI pants, and belt.

SAFETY

  • Be aware of people around you while training.
  • Keep finger and toe nails short for everyone’s safety.
  • Take your kimonos and all your belongings with you when you leave.
  • Absolutely NO coaching your children or other students during class.
  • A mouthpiece and groin protection is required for all striking classes.
  • All appropriate safety equipment must be worn during sparing classes.
  • If you need leave the mat early you must ask permission from the Professor.
  • If you arrived late, wait outside the mat until the Professor gives permission to enter.
  • Gracie Houston is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Write your name inside your gi.
  • Children not participating in class should be under the supervision of a parent/guardian at all times.
  • As a physical contact activity we enforce the use of mouth guards and gloves during the self defense session.
  • Bags should be kept either in vehicles, in the locker room or shelves, not on the benches around the training area.
  • Do not attend class if you are ill. Any health condition, including injuries, which may pose a risk to others or to yourself must be discussed with a Gracie Houston professor before participation.

HIGYENE

  • No shoes, food and drink on the mat.
  • No outside food is allowed in the school.
  • Keep feet clean. No dirty feet on the mat.
  • No eating, drinking, or chewing gum on the mat.
  • Keep you GI clean. A dirty GI is a sign of disrespect.
  • Refrain from removing your mouth guard during class.
  • Always report any minor injury, health, or skin condition.
  • You must wear shoes or flip flops when you are not on the mat.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene. Jiu-Jitsu is a close contact sport.
  • Every uniform needs to be washed and dried after every training session.
  • Please make sure to use the hand sanitizer provided before and after each class.
  • If you are wearing flip flops, you must clean your feet before you step on the mat.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the Dojo is clean, tidy and safe at all times.
  • Always wear shoes or slippers when off the mats, especially in the restrooms and outdoors.
  • Walking outside of the academy without shoes is not permitted for students attending classes.
  • All training gear and bags should be left in the locker room, not on the benches around the training area.

ATTITUDE

  • Always be respectful.
  • ‘Leave your ego at the door’
  • Do not change in the hallway.
  • Know your limits and test your limits.
  • Absolutely no foul language is allowed.
  • Turn to the wall if you need tie your belt.
  • No cell phone are allowed in the mat area.
  • Always keep a positive attitude in the mat.
  • Enjoy yourself. Jiu-Jitsu is life long practice.
  • Bow to your partner before and after practice.
  • Remember that you need a partner to train with.
  • No electronic devices allowed in the training area.
  • Bow to the center of the mat before enter and exit.
  • No training without instructor supervision is permitted.
  • If you sustain an injury notify an instructor immediately.
  • Never walk around bare-chested outside the locker room.
  • Gracie Houston has no tolerance for harassment and abuse.
  • Please no coaching or distracting other students during class.
  • Classes begin with students lining up in descending grade order.
  • Remember that you are here to learn, and not to gratify your ego.
  • Your belt is the representation of your progress, always be with it.
  • Absolutely NO coaching your children or other students during class.
  • Seat around the mat every time the Professor is teaching the techniques.
  • Ask the instructor if you have any questions or concerns about anything.
  • Talking should be kept a minimum level and should relate to the class subject.
  • When training, always have mat awareness and give preference to the higher belt.
  • Higher ranking belt members should always emanate how martial artists should act.
  • All students must line up with the attendance card in hand at the beginning of the class.
  • If you arrive to class earlier, wait in the seating area and do not disrupt the current class.
  • All jiu-jitsu techniques are only to be used in self-defense and within the confines of the law.
  • If you don’t recognize someone on the mat, please introduce yourself. We are all friends here!
  • Conversation which is not directly related to the training sessions is not permitted while training.
  • Classes begin and end with a formal bow to the picture of Professor Helio Gracie and to the resident Professor.
  • When the instructor is showing a position or teaching, please refrain from talking to other students during that time.
  • No photography, video, or audio recordings of any kind are permitted without the express written consent of Gracie Houston.
  • All electronic devices must be put on silent.Private class appointment cancellations must be done 24 hours before the start date of the scheduled class.
  • Techniques should only be taught by certified Gracie Houston professors. Always sign in using the touch screen, greet the instructor, and hand him your attendance card before joining the class. Do not leave the mat without permission from the instructor.
  • Only assistant instructors are permitted to teach other students. If you are not an assistant instructor, please refrain from teaching techniques to other students. Likewise students should only ask for assistance with technique from an instructor or assistant instructor.