Personal etiquette is very important in Jiu Jitsu. The way in which students conduct themselves can often make the difference both inside the dojo and outside the dojo. For example, a student should never go looking for a fight. Fighting should always be a last resort - but when called upon a student should be able to rise to the challenge.
Japanese culture is traditionally a very polite one and one in which personal boundaries are very important. Jitsu is odd in that it breaks that in many ways as such close contact is required.
In training this means that students have to get very close to one another, and furthermore a training partner may then be subject to a certain amount of pain and discomfort in what can be a very dangerous environment. This means that a student must be able to quickly build up a trust with their fellow students. Hence it is also very important that students treat one another with respect. This of course extends to both sides of the instructor / student relationship.
The student must therefore take care with a number of things:
- Bow at the appropriate times.
- Maintain high levels of personal hygeine.
- Wash and clean their uniform regularly, repairing any damage as appropriate.
- Wear their uniform correctly (closed jacket, even & correctly tied belt, TJF badge neatly presented, etc.)
- Maintain an even temprament.
- Identify and raise/address any safety concerns they may have during training.
- Look after fellow students.
- Arrive on time for classes and courses.
- Listen to all instructions.