The following rules apply to everyone who enters our gym, including members, guests and spectators. If you have questions regarding your membership contract, please contact us.
Health & hygiene
- You must wear some sort of footwear to the gym. If you arrive barefoot, you will not be allowed to enter. This is a strict hygiene issue which will be enforced without exception (this includes all children).
- Take your footwear off before stepping onto the mats. This applies to everyone, including parents and spectators.
- If you go downstairs to use the toilets, you must wear your footwear.
- A clean uniform must be worn in every class. If you are taking two lessons in a row, bring two uniforms.
- Don’t come to the gym straight from work or other activities if you are dirty. Have a shower, then come in for a session.
- If you currently have an infection or illness, stay away until you are recovered.
- If you get a cut or scratched while training, leave the mats until you have stopped and covered any bleeding.
- Do not interrupt a coach while they are teaching unless it relates to what is being taught. Other issues can be discussed after class.
- Don’t talk to the coach or other students while a coach is teaching a technique. They will eventually ask “any questions” if you are unsure about something.
- If you come to class late, quietly shake the hand of the coach and all other students present. Wait until the coach has finished speaking if they are teaching a technique.
- Sit, kneel or stand while the coach is talking. Don’t slouch on your side or lie down – show respect to the instructor.
- Bowing before stepping onto and off the mats is not necessary, although many members do so.
- At the end of each class, line up by rank. Adjust your uniform (tie your belt properly etc) and prepare to bow to the instructor.
- While a class is running, do not chat loudly while waiting for the next class or while hanging around after finishing the previous class. Again, don’t talk while a coach is talking.
- Do not coach. Helping other students who ask you a question directly is fine, but leave the coaching to the coaches.
- Don’t joke with or talk to people who are rolling.
- When rolling, if you and your sparring partner get too close to other students, the lower-ranked students must move away from the higher-ranked students. In particular, stay well away from black belts and their sparring partner.