One of the main things people need to remember in Jiujitsu is HYGIENE. A clean gi and person are crucial to A desirable environment for healthy training.
Keeping Your Gi Clean! This is must. A clean gi could be the difference between you getting called out or stuck out on training sessions. Coming to class with a clean gi is not only for your benefit, but a benefit for your training partners as well. There is nothing macho about getting your head stuck in a guys gi and he smells like corn chips booty. DONT BE THE STINKING Gi GUY/GAL! Yes ladies, this could be you too. Dont over do it on the cologne or perfume either. If you wrap a turd in a pretty box with bow, its still just a turd in a box. Words of wisdom right there.
No Shoes On The Mat! This is or at least should be a top rule and priority at the gym. Keeping the floors clean and sweep is a definite must at Davis Martial Arts in Humble Texas. Walking outside or in the rest room and then stepping onto the mat with shoes, shocks, or even bare feet is no no. Who wants that stuff grinding into their skin and face. Not this guy...So don't do it!!! Gotta take care of the money maker.
Cut Your Nails. Guys, we have all seen them. Those eagle claw toe nails and finger nails. Trim those bad boys! Man, it sucks to get finger jabbed anywhere with a long nail. Especially to the eye and even the mouth. Cuts from a toe nail can very painful and even lead to infections if not treated properly. If the nails are past the tips of your fingers, please voluntarily clip them PLEASE!!!!. Try explaining to your significant other on how you got those scratches on your neck. Jiujitsu+neck scratches=Domestic problems. Thanks for nothing Ahole. You don't want to be the cause of any of this do you? Or do you? Huh????
Last but not least. As Anthony always says, Soap is Your Friend. Make sure you yourself are clean. A long sweaty day of work, old stinky wet boots, or just a lack of giving a DARN can cause a fuss at the school. Dont think I want call you out either. Dont be afraid to call me out too. Like an old coach used to tell me "Always Bat 1000, dress out, do what the coaches say and shower." He was old and a little crazy but the words stuck with me anyway.
All in all, most people respect the gym and the rules. Most people try be hygienic. Just be watchful and let people know the dangers behind all this such as infections, ring worm, Staph etc... Take care of yourself and your school, and your Jiujitsu training experience will be all that you want it to be and more. Bat A 1000 haha....
Davis Martial Arts Academy
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas