• Uniforms must be kept clean and sanitized.
• If you get blood on the mats or dirt clean it up. If you are sweating excessively on the mats, clean it up, bring a towel if need be to do this with.
• Should you arrive late, quickly line up at the edge of the mat and request permission to enter class. The decision to allow a late student onto the mat is entirely at the instructor's discretion. The instructor may prefer the student to watch rather than risk injury due to missed warm ups.
• If a student should arrive late, after they are bowed into class. They must perform all of the warm-up activities before joining in with the rest of the class.
• The mat is more than a place for merely training; it is a place where one seeks to perfect character, and to master their mind, body and spirit. The mat is considered a very special place and is treated with respect.
• No shoes are to be worn on the mat with exception to indoor only boxing and wrestling shoes during applicable classes only.
• There is to be no unnecessary talking when a class is in session, even if you are not in class.
• While training with an instructor or a fellow student try not to be spastic when you train. This observation will protect not just yourself but also your partner from unnecessary injury. Humility and respect for those below as well as above in rank is the mark of a true martial artist. Arrogance and cockiness is the sure sign of one who is far from achieving true mastery of either themselves or the martial arts.
• If it is absolutely necessary that you leave class early, let the instructor know before class begins. Otherwise, students are expected to stay on the mats until the end of the training session and bow out with the class. Likewise, even if one is resting between rounds, students should remain on the mats with the class and not wander around the gym.
• Students are expected to attend all classes in a clean gi or rash guard/t-shirt and shorts. There are no sleeveless shirts allowed in submission grappling.
• Students are required to keep their gi in good order. There can be no holes in the gi as this can be a safety hazard.
Students are expected to maintain their personal hygiene. This includes trimming nails, tying back long hair and being mindful of body or breath odor. This should be given appropriate attention out of both respect to other students and prevention of the spread of diseases.
Diseases such as staph infection and ringworm can be transmitted through skin-on-skin contact. Keeping yourself and your apparel clean can significantly reduce the chances of infection. Students that attend class with an unclean gi will be asked to leave the mat.
What is Ringworm?
Ringworm, which isn't a worm at all, can affect not only the skin, but also the nails and scalp. Ringworm of the skin starts as a red, scaly patch or bump. Ringworm tends to be very itchy and uncomfortable. Over time, it may begin to look like a ring or a series of rings with raised, bumpy, scaly, boarders (the center is often clear). This ring pattern gave ringworm its name, but not every person who is infected develops the ring.
Can I prevent Ringworm?
The most common source of ringworm is contact with other people. Ringworm is contagious and is easily spread from one person to another, so avoid touching and infected area on another person. It's also common to contract ringworm from cats and dogs. Because fungi lives on your skin it is very important that you shower after participating in any sport and wash your hands often if you are handling pets.
If you discover that you do in fact have ringworm contact your doctor. You are not allowed to train until the ringworm it has completely healed to prevent it from spreading to others.
What is Staph Infection?
Staph is the shortened name for Staphylococcus, a type of bacteria. This bacteria can live harmlessly on many skin surfaces, especially around the nose, mouth, genitals and anus. But when the skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection.
There are more than 30 species in the family of staph bacteria, and they can cause different kinds of illnesses. Most staph infections are caused by Staphylococcus Aureus. It most commonly causes skin infections like fulliculitis, boils, impetigo and cellulitis that are limited to a small area of a person's skin.
Can I Prevent a Staph Skin Infection?
Cleanliness and good hygiene are the best way to protect yourself against getting Staph and other infections -including MRSA.
Bathing and showering daily are a must and washing hands needs to become a routine part of your day. Keep all areas of your skin that have been injured clean and covered until healed.
If you contract Staph you are not allowed to train until it has healed up completely or you have been cleared by your doctor.