Safety Protocol

  1. Warm-Up: Always begin your training session with a proper warm-up to prepare your body for physical activity. Include stretching and mobility exercises to reduce the risk of injuries.
  1. Proper Technique: Focus on learning and applying proper technique during training. This helps prevent unnecessary strain on joints and muscles and reduces the likelihood of injuries.
  1. Communicate: Maintain open communication with your training partners. Inform them of any injuries or limitations you may have before starting a roll. Use clear signals such as tapping to indicate when you want to stop or if you're in discomfort during a submission.
  1. Hygiene: Practice good personal hygiene to prevent the spread of infections. Keep your nails trimmed short to avoid scratching your training partners, and always wash your training gear regularly.
  1. Respect Boundaries: Be respectful of your training partner's personal space and boundaries. Avoid reckless or overly aggressive behaviors.
  1. Controlled Intensity: Practice control during training sessions. Avoid using excessive force or strength that could cause harm to yourself or your training partner. Focus on technique rather than overpowering your opponent.
  1. Proper Equipment: Wear appropriate gear such as a well-fitted gi or rashguard, shorts, and a mouthguard if desired. These can provide protection and minimize the risk of injuries.
  1. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body's signals. If you feel pain, discomfort, or exhaustion, take a break and seek medical attention if needed. Pushing through pain can worsen injuries.
  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after training to stay properly hydrated. Dehydration can lead to decreased performance and potential health issues.
  1. Supervision: Train under the supervision of a qualified instructor who can provide guidance, correct technique, and ensure a safe training environment.
  1. Tap Early: When caught in a submission hold, don't hesitate to tap out. It's better to tap early and avoid injury than to risk a serious joint or muscle damage.
  1. Controlled Sparring: During sparring or rolling sessions, maintain control and avoid unnecessary aggression. Be mindful of your partner's safety, and work together to create a positive learning environment.

Remember, safety is paramount in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Following these rules will help minimize the risk of injuries and ensure a positive training experience for everyone involved.