Mastering the Do’s and Don’ts of BJJ: Essential Etiquette for Beginner Practitioners

BJJ etiquette for new members. We’re so excited to have you join us on this exciting journey. As a new member, there are a few things you need to know to make sure you have a smooth and enjoyable experience. So, let’s get started!

REGISTER FOR CLASS AHEAD OF TIME

When you join Kaizen Lab, you’ll get your very own personal profile on our Member Portal app. Whether you’re just starting out with our popular 3-Class Trial, you can easily pre-register for class with just a few clicks. Not only will this help our coaching team prepare for class, but it will also keep track of your progress and training stats. If you need help with registration, our friendly Membership Team at reception will be more than happy to assist you.

KEEP THE MATS CLEAN

As a BJJ practitioner, you’ll be spending a lot of time rolling around on the mats. That’s why we like to keep them as clean as possible. When you enter the gym area, please remove your shoes before stepping onto the mats. If you need to step off the mats, we have spare footwear available for you to use.

HYGIENE FIRST

Good hygiene is a must in BJJ. When you’re training in close proximity to other members, it’s important to maintain a clean and respectable level of hygiene. Please use our shower facilities before and after training and bring deodorant. And don’t forget to wash your gi after every class. We even have a special laundry detergent that removes strong athletic smells, so your uniform and apparel will be fresh and ready for more training.

SAY HELLO

If you’re new to the gym, make sure to introduce yourself to the Coach on the mats and your fellow members. Saying hi to others, including more experienced members, will help you feel more at ease in a new environment and make some new friends.

RUNNING LATE? NO PROBLEM!

Class starts relatively on time, so we recommend giving yourself an extra 10-15 minutes to get settled and answer any questions you may have. If you’re running late, don’t worry. Our Coach will be happy to welcome you when it’s safe to do so. Simply wait by the edge of the mat and get their attention. When they wave you in, simply bow and join the class.

BE HUMBLE

Jiu jitsu is a humbling sport, even for the pros. Keep your ego at bay during class, and you’ll advance faster. If you’re a complete beginner, expect to be humbled. There’s no shame in not being good at something new. The quicker you learn the value of being humble, the quicker you’ll bounce back from failure and return ready to learn.

That’s it! We hope these tips will help you have a great start at Kaizen Lab. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions, and we’ll see you on the mats!

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