Safety Rules

At Whaingaroa Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we prioritize the well-being of our members. To ensure a secure and enjoyable environment for everyone, please familiarize yourself with the following safety rules.

Health & Hygiene:

– All participants must maintain personal hygiene. Clean your gi/uniform and no-gi clothing after every session.
– Keep your nails (both hands and feet) short and clean to prevent injury to yourself and others.
– Open wounds or cuts must be covered. If you’re bleeding, stop training immediately, clean the wound, and cover it.


– Show respect to your instructors, fellow students, and the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at all times.
– No aggressive or disrespectful behavior will be tolerated. This includes bullying, excessive trash talk, or any form of harassment.

Training Floor:

– Only students and instructors are allowed on the mats during class.
– No shoes on the mat.
– Do not walk on the mats with bare feet if you’ve just walked around outside or in restroom facilities.

Safety Gear:

– Use mouth guards and groin guards (for males) during sparring or as required.
– Ear guards are recommended for those who want to prevent “cauliflower ear”.

Techniques & Sparring:

– No striking of any kind unless specified by the instructor.
– Do not apply submissions with excessive force. Give your training partner time to tap.
– If your training partner taps (submits), release the submission immediately.
– Refrain from using techniques not taught in class without the instructor’s permission.
– If you or your partner feels uncomfortable or unsafe with a technique, it’s okay to stop and ask for clarification.


– Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid rolling or sparring too close to other pairs to prevent accidental collisions.
– If you feel unwell or believe you might be injured, inform your instructor immediately.

Uniform & Equipment:

– Wear the appropriate uniform (gi or no-gi attire) as required by the academy’s guidelines.
– Ensure any additional training equipment, such as belts or rash guards, is worn correctly and safely.

Beginners & Advanced Training:

– If you’re a beginner, inform your training partner. Advanced students are expected to guide and protect newer students.
– Advanced techniques, especially those that may be higher risk, should only be practiced by students with the appropriate level of experience.

Class Protocol:

– Arrive on time. If you’re late, wait for the instructor’s permission before joining the class.
– Listen actively when the instructor is demonstrating or explaining techniques.
– Raise your hand if you have a question.

After Class:

– Always cool down after training to prevent injuries and to help muscle recovery.
– Put away any equipment you used and ensure the training area is clean.


– If you’re injured, no matter how minor it may seem, notify the instructor immediately.
– It’s advisable to seek professional medical advice for any injury sustained during training.


– No chewing gum, food, or drink on the mats.
– Always sign in or check in before attending class.
– If you bring guests or family members, ensure they are seated in the designated area and inform them of the academy’s rules.


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