Sometimes we do things we’re unaware of. Sometimes we know what we’re doing and can’t seem to be able to stop ourselves. And sometimes there are unknown or assumed rules that, as Jiujitsu practitioners, we come to learn and follow. To make things easy I discussed with Professors and students alike, what they think constitutes actions or behavior of disrespect. Take heed people!
1. showing up late, consistently, is completely unacceptable. It’s one thing if you send a message or are coming from work or school and have talked this over with the instructor or Professor.
2. not keeping yourself or your attire clean. It’s a huge slap in the face especially to your training partners
3. not cleaning up after yourselves! It’s a tired instructor who has to clean up after students who leave empty water bottles, clothes, etc laying around.
4.not bowing on/ off the mats or before & after a match. Show your classmates, instructors and rolling partners common courtesy & that you appreciate them, and their allowing you to train! No partners = no training.
5. speaking while the instructor is speaking or showing technique. I’m pretty sure we learned this back in kindergarten.
6.showing a different technique or not following the training guidelines as presented by the instructor. They’re the instructor for a reason.
7. outbursts of any kind. Not only are they disruptive, but they make you look foolish. It’s also disrespectful to those around you. Accept, learn, and move on.
8.belt ranking exists for a reason. The higher belts have put in the time and have acquired knowledge to reach their rank. Line up in order, move out of their way, and don’t argue semantics.
9.the instructors and professors are there for a reason. Don’t try to voiceover or side coach. If you were ready to do so, you’d have been asked. Assuming you have more knowledge than you actually do will prove to be foolhardy and frustrating.
10. everyone on the mats is there for their own reason. It’s not for you to determine if their reason is as good as or better than yours, if anyone does or doesn’t deserve promotion, or if any person on the mats shouldn’t be there. If this is your attitude, maybe you should re-evaluate your own mindset.
Everyone of us walks onto the mats as a white belt. We all learn and grow. What type of martial artist and person you become depends on you. Some academies are less formal, some are more so. Regardless, being a respectful and upstanding Jiujitsu citizen goes a long way. Have fun and train hard!