Rules, Procedures, and Etiquette

Rules of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The following are prohibited in Brazilian jiu jitsu.

  • Striking of any kind (no punches, kicks, elbow or knee strikes, headbutts, etc.)

  • Slamming

  • Groin strikes or grabs

  • Eye gouging

  • Hair-pulling

  • Biting or scratching

  • Fish-hooking

  • Small joint manipulation (grabbing or bending of fingers or toes)

  • Placing any part of your body in an orifice of your opponent

  • Wearing jewelry of any kind

Specific Rules for El Diablo Combatives

The following are the specific rules we have at our school.

  • Two second rule - When applying submissions in training, give your opponent plenty of time to tap by taking two seconds to apply the submission.

  • Do not attempt a submission on WHITE BELTS who may not have seen the submission. For BLUE BELTS and higher, any legal submission is permissible. If you're unsure, ask your instructor.

  • No shoes on the mat, no barefoot off the mat. Especially in the bathroom.

  • Do not talk while the instructor is talking. 

  • Do not stop a roll to teach unless you are the instructor.

  • Always respect the tap. As soon as your opponent taps, release the submission.

  • Asking higher belts to roll is encouraged

  • Before rolling, let your partner know if you have any minor injuries. If you have major injuries, do not roll.

  • Control your emotions. Don't celebrate taps, don't be a whiny little bitch about getting tapped.

  • Always defer to higher belts when rolling UNLESS you are in the middle of a legitimate submission attempt.

  • Don't train when sick or if you have a skin infection.

  • Cover all cuts or scrapes with tape.

  • Make sure your gi does not have any rips or holes.

  • Don't leave children unattended at any time while you're training unless they're mature enough to sit quietly and not annoy the shit out of us and/or do dangerous crap.

Before every class, you should...

  • Shower and apply deodorant

  • Wash your gi and all other training clothes

  • Brush your teeth

  • Make sure your finger and toe nails are short

Etiquette and Procedures at El Diablo Combatives

The following are the traditions and rituals we follow.

  • Lineups before and after class are done by rank with the highest ranking class attendee closest to the door. Lineup goes by belt, then number of stripes, then seniority at rank. Kids line up after adults until the age of 16. We use a bro handshake and hug when bowing in and out.

  • Introduce yourself to new people.

  • Highest ranked WHITE BELT in class is responsible for helping the instructors cleaning the mats after practice. They may choose TWO other WHITE BELTS to assist. 

  • We don't say "oss" because it sounds dumb.

  • Don't bad-mouth another member or another school unless they're present and it's done in jest. 

  • If you do not understand something, ASK QUESTIONS. We're teachers; we welcome them.