Club Rules

Club Rules



Membership fees

You must have certain memberships in place before you can train. It is your responsibility to maintain these memberships and ensure fees are up to date.


Go-Rin-Pou – you must fill out a membership form on your first attendance. You must pay the membership fee on the second attendance before you go on the mat.  ( first year membership includes a curriculum and a badge ).


Assumption of Risk. You must fill out this form on your first attendance.

* Most students will at some time train at seminars and other venues which are not PCYCs  - All Students are required to complete this form.


PCYC – If you train at a PCYC ( EVER ) you must fill out form on your first attendance. You must pay the membership fee on the second attendance before you go on the mat.


AJJA  – for students grading past Senior Blue Belt or Junior Orange Belt. It is a Go-Rin-Pou requirement that you join AJJA if you:

  • Train at a venue other than a PCYC
  • Sit a grading higher than Senior Blue.


WJJF – for instructors only.  ( WJJF is for the club, not individual members)  . Instructors wishing to run their own schools must first be sanctioned by the head of the school and be a current member of the WJJF

Assumption of Risk

Expect minor injuries and some pain. No training or sport goes without some risk and some injury. From my experience Ju-Jitsu has been reasonably safe. All the same, we still get some knocks and bruises from time to time.  We take extra special care to not move students onto levels where they might get serious injury until they are ready and can handle the physical side well. If you have seen us training juniors and beginners, you will know how careful we are.  BUT, being realistic, at some time in your training you will get a throw that doesn’t land right or a lock that goes on too hard or a sprain or muscle pain you didn’t expect.   If you do get hurt in training, see Peter or Brenda. We are both very experienced in first aid and we can help get you on track as fast as possible.  Don’t give up because of a minor injury, but let us know. Even if you can’t train in class, there are things you can do to help your recovery and practice parts of jujitsu.

The use of Ju-Jitsu 

You are only allowed to use Ju-Jitsu in the dojo & under the supervision of a sensei or sempai. The only exemption is if you are defending yourself or the defenceless and even then you are only allowed to use reasonable force. You are not allowed to use ju-jitsu for revenge.

Club uniform


Graded Students: are expected to wear a full Go-Rin-Pou Gi.  

A Go-Rin-Pou Gi is black with two red stripes made of “webbing”  down the side of both the Gi pant and jacket.


New Students:  If you are brand new you can wear comfortable loose fitting t-shirt and track suit or similar pants. NOT SHORTS. The knees will get scuffed so do not wear expensive pants.


Un-graded students, after your first lesson, if you decide to continue, you are required to wear the minimum un-graded uniform

( black t-shirt and black trakkies – if possible ) and a white belt. Ungraded students are allowed 1 months grace to get an approved Go-Rin-Pou Gi.

* You are not allowed to grade until you have an approved gi.

* The club has some white belts available to loan until you can get your own.

* don’t buy new or expensive clothes specifically for ju-jitsu as they will get damaged


Other Clubs:  Graded students of other forms of martial arts are welcome on a once off or casual only basis and they may their own uniform. They must wear a white belt unless invited to do otherwise by the sensei.

* If they intend to attend on a regular basis they will be required to wear a Go-Rin-Pou Gi and join the Go-Rin-Pou club and PCYC  ( one month grace allowed )

* Un-graded students of other forms of martial arts intending to attend on a regular basis will be required to wear the minimum un-graded uniform ( black t-shirt and black trakkies ) and a white belt after their first lesson and are subject to the same rules as if they were a new member.


Casual - ( when not in Gi ) is a black t-shirt with two red stripes down the outside of the arm, or a plain black T-Shirt with a club badge on the pocket.  The casual uniform is worn when attending seminars, training, demonstrations or any other time when representing Go-Rin-Pou but not participation in actual martial art ( eg arriving, leaving ).


Kata In The Park – Relaxed uniform requirements

As we practice individual Katas only and there is no contact, no throws holds etc you can therefore wear Gi pants or trakkies, Club t-shirt, or black t-shirt, hat, sandshoes and sun-block.

Don’t forget water and towel. You are allowed to bring your friends and family and they can wear loose fitting clothing, NO SKIRTS.


Things to bring to training:


  • Water bottle  ( mandatory )
  • towel ( optional )
  • Curriculum
  • Open mind – ready for learning
  • Self discipline and attitude ready for training
  • Training fees
  • Training uniform




Dojo Etiquette is not only for respect it is also for safety     Learn the dojo etiquette and follow it diligently. To neglect items in etiquette and self discipline is considered an insult not only to that person, but to the art and most importantly, yourself.



  • Bow from the hips keeping your back straight.
  • When bowing to a training partner whatever grade, keep your eyes up.
  • When doing formal bows or bowing to sensei, keep your eyes down. Always bow just a little lower than the higher graded student.
  • Never rise from a bow before a higher graded student
  • Informal Bow when entering or leaving the training hall (dojo) 
  • ( to shomen )
  • Formal Bows at the beginning of training and at the end  of training ( to shomen & sensei )
  • Informal Bow when entering or leaving the mat during training
  • ( to sensei )
  • Informal bow when greeting another student or choosing a training partner.
  • Informal bow to your partner before and after an exercise.
  • Informal bow when you receive or pass on a weapon.
  • Informal bow to a sempai or sensei after receiving instruction
  • Bow when you are bowed to.
  • Informal bow when receiving an award, commendation or certificate.  You also say “domo origato” 


Other etiquette:

  • Remove your shoes before entering a mat or training area.
  • When you arrive at training, you are to change quickly and stand at the edge of the mat, until the instructor acknowledges you and bows you on the mat.
  • Always be neat and tidy. Arrive with your gi folded neatly and fold your gi before you leave.
  • When you are on the mat, there is no talking excepting if it relating to the particular exercise you are working on.
  • Never speak back to a higher rank. Arguing with the instructor or a higher rank will not be tolerated.
  • The instructors word is final. When the instructor is speaking, remain quiet and ask questions when they are finished. Never speak over the top of the instructor or the supervisors. Supervisors are the instructors representative and their word is also final, unless overridden by the instructor.
  • Your curriculum is a special part of your art. Treat it with respect. It does not get left on the mat or walked on, this is an insult to the writer.
  • Always assist your training partner if they are finding it hard to understand, or execute a technique.
  • Always be alert while on the mat. Yawning, slouching and leaning on walls shows disrespect. Be aware of what is going on around you as you may be attacked at any time.
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated regardless of how they treat you.


Dojo etiquette inherently includes the following items of  personal hygiene, expected behavior, safety, self discipline and even training at home!


Personal Hygiene

  • You must be clean with hands washed and a clean uniform
  • Nails to be kept trim and neat. - Includes toenails.  Explicit permission is required is to wear long nails, and even with permission, you are still liable for any damage you cause to yourself or others.
  • All jewellery to be removed before you enter the mat area. (or covered) Explicit permission is required is to wear any covered or uncovered jewellery, and even with permission, you are still liable for any damage you cause to yourself or others
  • Cuts and sores to be covered.


Expected Behaviour


Act on instructors instructions immediately and completely.  Instructors have a duty of care to all students. We are students of a potentially dangerous activity and we use weapons from time to time. Instructors will not tolerate belligerence or recalcitrance of any kind. Students who repeatedly ignore instructions are putting themselves and fellow students at risk and will be asked to leave the club.

No playing on equipment before, during or after training.                     We aren’t insured.

No playing or running around after class unless organized and supervised by one of the instructors.  Instructors have a duty of care to all students. This extends to after the class right up until the time the student leaves the premises. It is therefore the instructor’s discretion to authorize any after lesson activities. Instructors are only allowed to authorize activities if they are prepared to personally supervise it or be responsible for appropriate supervision.

Start on Time  -  Be at the dojo at half an hour before training starts to help set up. If it is a shared venue, respect the other users. ( They paid for the mat time just like us so be very quiet and respectful of their time and privacy).  Pay your training fees at the beginning of training not at the end.  If you cant get to training half an hour before the start on a regular basis, please advise your instructor.

Substances - There is to be no smoking, drinking or eating on the mat area. The training hall is also a smoke and drug free zone.  The drinking of alcohol and the use of illegal substances before training will not be tolerated. You will be asked to sit out the lesson.

Breakages: You are responsible for the repair or replacement of all property damage accidental or otherwise, caused by yourself.


Self Discipline

Discipline is a core attribute to Ju-Jitsu.  If you can not demonstrate due discipline during a training should seriously consider whether to continue studying any martial art.

Tantrums, sook attacks and hissy fits will not be tolerated This includes “loosing your temper”. If you can not muster up enough self discipline to control your temper, again, it is doubtful whether you will have enough self discipline to succeed as a ju-jitsu student. 

  • Jujutsu techniques are not to be shown to those people not authorised to receive them.
  • Never show techniques from a higher rank without the consent of the instructor. This only confuses the student and impedes their development.
  • All exercises are to be done slowly & without panic. An exercise can only be done quickly with the instructors permission and when they are present.
  • Always display a positive attitude. Never show failure or disappointment.
  • Never refuse to train with a partner selected by a higher graded student



  • When you feel a lock or hold applied, do not tense up and do not jerk away. Relax and tap out. Tap out to let your partner know that the technique works.
  • Do not fall for a thrower. They must first unbalance you and then throw, never fall.
  • When learning a new exercise, do so slowly an develop a sensitivity to the body movements and positioning.
  • Do not fool around in class. Do a technique or exercise properly and with focus, never attempt an exercise or technique in a half hearted manner.
  • You must notify the instructor of any injuries or conditions that can affect your training. This includes injuries that happen outside of training as well as those received during training. Inform the instructor immediately.

·         If you are unsure of any instructions or of what it is you are required to do at any given point, ASK. It is your responsibility to ensure you understand what you are to do.

·         Training at home: You are encouraged to practice your individual katas every day. DON’T do hard techniques at home. You do not have an instructor to help you out or give first aid if your uke cops it !!!!!