Every organization has its own culture and guidelines to ensure the safety and smooth interactions between the members:

Always bow or greet the instructor leading the class when you enter the mat, even if you are late.  After that, greet all students in descending belt order

Keep a respectful posture in the training area

Classes begin with a formal bow to the instructor, with students lining up in descending grade order

Classes end with a formal bow to Professor or instructor

All students, before line up,  must get the attendance card, and place it on the desk

During class, when the instructor is demonstrating the techniques, every student must sit or stand in good posture

If you are late for class sit by the side of the training area and wait for the permission from the Professor

If you need to leave the mat or leave earlier you must ask permission from the Professor

Bow to your partner before and after practice

Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject

Absolutely no foul language inside the school

Keep fingernails and toenails short for everyone’s safety

All students, Instructors, Professors, must wear the official ATOS Orlando Gi

Wear the official ATOS Orlando rash guard underneath the Gi.  It’s for Hygiene and cleanliness, to control and keep your sweat in (2 recommended)

It is mandatory to have underwear underneath the gi pants

For No Gi Classes, students must wear the official ATOS Orlando rash guard and black short

The uniform must be clean at all times. A dirty uniform is a sign of disrespect.  We recommend to have 2 uniforms, and avoid come to class if it’s not clean

The uniform must be worn at all times

When tying the uniform, students must face the edge of the mats

The belt represents your progress. Keep it on

Refer to non black-belt instructors as “Coaches”

Refer to black-belt instructors as “Professor" or “Master”

All metal objects, jewelry, piercing, necklaces and other items should be removed

No shoes, food or drink on the mat

Keep your feet clean.  Most people bring sandals or flip-flops to the gym.  Don’t walk barefoot anywhere that would get your feet dirty (restroom, outside).  This is just common sense when it comes to keeping the mat clean

No cell phones in the training area

If you have the flu or a cold please stay home and rest, or you will infect the whole gym

If you have ringworm, please don’t come training. Stay home and treat it. Ringworm is highly contagious. You will infect your training partners

Always try to use more technique than brute strength at all times

Don’t brag about/ celebrate tapping an opponent out during training

Work on your weaknesses in training. Don’t always use your ‘A Game’. Training is not a competition. It’s a lab for improving, testing new things.  Be careful with your training partners, BJJ can be very dangerous.  You need to show your training partners respect and lookout for their safety.  If you are close to tapping someone out slow down, give him or her time to tap.  Focus on controlling them as the submission is happening and slowly applying pressure, it is their responsibility to tap, but you need to give them time

Be aware of your surroundings, don’t roll into other grapplers, and don’t roll off the mat.  In the event you accidently knee or elbow your training partner quickly apologize and slow down a little bit

Work hard, you don’t need to be the greatest athlete on the mat, your team will respect you for working hard.  Don’t complain, if you are too tired that’s ok but push yourself

It's important to know your limits

All jiu-jitsu students should familiarize themselves with these guidelines and do their part to contribute to the positive, safe and respectful culture of the gym

If you are a visitor from an Academy not affiliated with ATOS, there is a drop in fee for the day, or week for the class(es).  See Programs and Classes for detail.

Have a fun, safe and successful training.  OSS!