Club Rules and Expectations

We welcome everyone warmly to join us in judo, we also expect our members to behave according to the central motto of "Mutual Benefit and Welfare" through respectful and considerate behaviors on and off the mats toward others.

Judo has a heavy emphasis on live sparring against a fully resisting partner or opponent. This set it apart from most other martial arts. But because of its combative and competitive nature as a sport and physical activity, it is possible that sometimes ego will get in the way. It can be difficult to swallow being throw or submitted many times over, sometimes by a smaller or weaker person, but that is the principle of "flexibility overcome rigidity or softness overcome hardness" at work. It is important not to lose sight that everyone is here to learn and improve himself, both physically and mentally. There is no winner or loser in the dojo (school, club), so don't let the ego get in the way.

Always remember that your training partner is not just there for himself but also for everyone else, and you are someone's and everyone's  training partner too. We have to put our training partner's wellbeing at the foremost.

Always try to study the technique meticulously and excute it with care and control, and do this consistently. This simple method should stay with you from the beginning until it becomes part of your habitual behavior. It will not only benefit your study of judo, but also minimize your partner's injuries from your mistakes.

In any sport activity, injuries can happen even if each person takes the best care of oneself and one's partner to the best of one's ability. If it happens, get treated, but don't let it stop you from learning and training after it heals.

Code of Conduct

Be polite and respectful to the instructor, your training partners, and any visitors inside the club or during visits to other clubs.

Leave your ego at the door. We train hard to improve and there is no role of “tough guy” in the club.

Judo etiquette requires that you bow upon stepping on the mat, before working with your partner, and again when leaving the mat. It is in concept similar to a handshake with a more pronounced display of acknowledgement and implied respect.

If you have to leave the mat for whatever reason, ask permission from the instructor.

Don’t leave the class early unless you have something urgent to do.

Everyone is expected to help setup the mats before and after each class. The more hands we have, the quicker we get to start and finish the class.

Don’t take any unnecessary breaks. Try to follow the program unless you are feeling physically bad to continue.

Don’t talk unnecessarily during class. Less talking, more doing.

Keep your finger and toe nails trimmed, if you don’t like to be scratched during training, please give the same consideration to your training partners.

Be clean – take a shower and wash your judo gi regularly to not become a nuisance to other people.

While it is natural to inquire about promotion requirement so one could make progress, do not ask for a promotion. Even if you can perform all the techniques in the syllabus, that is the minimum you have to do. The instructor is the best judge of if you are ready for the next level.

Judo is an individual activity, but it is also a group activity. You are someone else’s and everyone else’s training partner. If everyone shows up with regularity and predictability, we can keep a program based on a regular progression of skills.

Free sparring (randori) is not competition. Both you and your partner are there to learn even if you fight hard with resistance. If a technique doesn’t work, more often than not it is because your timing or technique is off, and there is no need to force it with power alone just for the sake of throwing or submitting your opponent. Always exercise control over your movement.

If you are caught in a submission and cannot get out, signal by tapping quickly. If you catch someone in a submission, be aware of your partner’s reaction, release when necessary. If you see, feel or hear submission signal, let go. If you don’t because your partner may not be able to, it is better to err on the side of caution than to continue to apply the technique. With experience you will be able to judge better how much you can tolerate in a submission and when your technique is not effective and it is time to change position.

For parents of minor students

We appreciate your decision to enroll your child in a judo program and welcome you to observe the class as long as you remain outside the room. But, we kindly ask you not to interrupt the class by giving instructions to your child, or taking him outside without discussing with the instructor prior. Progress comes from consistent attendance just as in a normal school, please try to keep the child's absence to a minimum.


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