I thought it would be useful to pass on some of this info on hygiene, etiquette and respect!
1. Hygiene!!! VERY important! BJJ is a very "intimate" sport. No one else wants to smell your body odor, stinky feet, bad breath or whatever you cooked for dinner last night while your gi air dryed in your kitchen.
PLEASE wash you gi after EVERY use!!!
(And your body)
Not only is it unpleasant but it also breeds bacteria which can cause staff infection, ring worm.....
In addition keep your finger and to nails trimmed, wear shoes when off the mats ALWAYS!! We have all witnessed someone walk off the mats bare footed,into the bathroom then back on to the mats. NASTY!
If you need some additional pointers click the links below.
Check out this video on YouTube:
"hey you! Smelly gi guy! This is for you!
2. Respect and etiquette:
Always bow as you enter and leave the mats. Here's a little info:
Wait to be invited by your instructor on to the mats if you arrive late to class (try to not be late) also disrespectful to your training partners as well. Bow and shake instructors hand.
Participate! When drilling a new technique don't stop when you think "got it", perfecting a technique takes lots of drilling to develope muscle memory. Also when you stop others tend to stop. Drill until your instructor moves on.
Respect the higher belts!
When rolling, if you start to get to close or bump into higher belts near you, YOU need to move.
Don't ask a higher belt to roll:If you ask a higher belt this it is considered bad etiquette, shows a lack of respect and that you are considered to be challenging them. Not all schools are strict on this but, just a note on it.
Achieving a higher belt in BJJ takes a lot of time, effort,sacrifice (and money) ;) RESPECT them.
Dont wear shoes on the mats!
Tie your belt facing away from the center of the mats and the instructor.
Final thought: even if you choose to train like an animal, don't act or smell like one!