10 rules of good education in a martial arts gym.
You started going to a martial arts or personal defense gym , butwhat are those unwritten rules of behavior that you need to know?
I want to write you 10 rules of etiquette that every practitioner knows and that do not come with the martial art that you do because they are rules that always apply.
More than once I have heard stories of people who have been “scolded” for poor “education” for personal care which becomes important when you are in great contact with other people as happens in this type of activity.
This doesn’t want to be a complete list, but if you take note of these rules and you act you’re not wrong.
Consider that every gym has its own rules and behavioral habits but surely these are there.
Good education in a martial arts gym!
Let’s start with the 10 rules of good education in a martial arts gym:
1. Do not walk on carpets with shoes or flip-flops even worse if they are also used outside. Gymnasiums are expensive equipment and materials in contact with soles can fit into shoes and potentially tear or strip. This leads to the inevitable repair that will need if not even replace the part if the tear grows and worsens, this does not make your master happy. The other side as I told you is that all the nasty stuff that ends up on the sidewalk potentially is on the soles of your shoes. You walk on the carpet, transfer the dirt and bacteria to the carpet, and then you get trained on.
2. If you go to the bathroom wear flip-flops or shoes. Accidents in the bathrooms and various splashes out of the hole happen guys, what you don’t have to do is walk barefoot in the toilets and then walk on the carpet again. It’s not a pleasant thought that you or I might end up with your face on the carpet where you put your dirty foot on it. Oh, remember to always wash your hands after you’re not my fiancée.
3. If you have cuts you have to tap them to cover them. You may end up in contact with duct tape while you stick to it, but your training partners don’t think they’re going to like it if you bleed on him. Especially if they have a nice light uniform.
4. Don’t forget to cut your nails. It is so easy to scratch or cut someone when the nails are just a little longer, with all the sockets and exits, shots, etc. In addition these small cuts are annoying sometimes also to explain to girlfriends , in addition they seem that to heal properly take time especially in certain places and you have to tap every time you train to protect and prevent bleeding during training.
5. Wash your uniform or Gi after each use. If you work out every day like I do then you have to have more than one. If you keep someone with their face stuck under the stinking armpit of a dirty Gi or rash guard it’s really bad. Nobody wants to train with you if you don’t just just just do it and you’re not going to do your stuff. In addition there is the possibility of skin infections for you and your partner because of the bacteria.
6. Now your Gi or uniform are clean, keep them clean but washed yourself. This is just thereally basic hygiene. No one wants to be close to a smelly person even in a clean uniform, it’s really daunting to train with one that stinks.
7. Arrive on time for lessons. In real life it can sometimes happen to arrive late but if you always do you show a lack of respect for your masters and your training partners. It always comes a few minutes early.
8. Don’t try to teach someone a technique. You are a beginner, even if you think you know what you are doing, the reality is that you probably do not know enough. Show respect to your master and the highest belts and leave teaching for them. If you and your partner want to solve the problems of the technique between you, that’s fine but I recommend you always ask the master and the advanced belts. Personally I would still like to check with my master to make sure I know the technique and its variants because confronting always helps to discover something new that you do not know. Also if you answer yourself you risk complicating something that is actually simple and if a technique does not work it is not said to be related to the technique alone, but to the position, weight, times, etc.
9. Be aware that you use force on the technique you need to train. When you start making free sparring it’s not about getting the win in training but it’s something related to learning even if it’s nice to win. Just because you’re bigger or stronger than your partner, I don’t think you’re the next prodigy if you humiliate your partner because he’s weaker or playing some bad games. Yes you probably get a win but have you really learned how to apply the technique you studied against an opponent you resist?. Or of the same level?.
10. If you are sick you will not train. Having the flu or a cold is not a fault and can happen but it is bad, especially since it affects your training and it is not pleasant if you sneeze or blow your nose and touch your training partners. No one is there to catch your bacteria or viruses. Also, if you’re bad enough your master still has to send you home so do yourself a favor, stay home to recover and look at some instructional notes or various strategies, training in that state is not helpful.
Most of these 10 tips are probably common sense, but I guarantee you’ll be surprised at the number of times people ignore or forget these basic behaviors. If you show respect you get respect and reflexively you are respecting your master, the gym and your partner.
Below is a sheet that is given in Brazil in some gyms on the behavior to keep, I did not want to translate it but if you are curious deepen.
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