These are the basic rules followed by our clubs. Some, like bowing or wearing a gi, pay homage to tradition, while others are designed for students safety in and out of the dojo.
There is a list of specific 'rules' printed in the rear of the IAJJ license holder/grading book which can be viewed by clicking here.
All International Atemi Jujitsu students are required to digest these and sign in the appropriate place to indicate that they have been read and understood.
Parents of students under 12 years are required to sign on their behalf. It's also a good idea to fix a photo in the front of the book in the space provided, particularly important for those students wanting to compete at competition level where proof of identity and validity are a pre-requisite.
Basic EtiquetteJujitsu is a Japanese martial art and although we don't use many Japanese phrases, International Atemi Jujitsu clubs do follow some of the practises associated with the Japanese arts.
BowingWe at the IAJJ bow:
- to an instructor after receiving instruction or asking a question
- to our training partner before and after performing a technique
- when leaving and entering the dojo (school)
- when stepping on and off the mat.
The TatamiThe tatami is the training mat area, in ancient times the floor was covered in straw; good for soaking up blood, these days we use foam filled mats. They exist for the student's protection and should be treated with 'respect' - no outside shoes to be worn, no drinking or eating on them and problems such as sharp or foreign objects found on the mats should be reported to the instructor - Only leave or step on to the mat when you have been given permission to do so.
Gi/UniformA traditional uniform (gi) based on 16th century Okinowan peasant costume must be worn for training. The exceptions are:
- new students who have yet to buy a uniform
- Sport Jujitsu training when T-shirts are allowed for sparring
- At the instructor's discretion on 'hot' days.
- Belts must be worn at all times. If you forget or lose your current belt or have to wear tracksuit bottoms because your gi pants are ripped then you are ranked as a 'novice' and must wear a novice belt.