The Sidewinder Jiu – Jitsu code of conduct represents a system of physical and social skills that, when practiced cooperatively form the foundation of all martial arts. We believe that we are building a family of likeminded individuals who are pursuing the same goal. We value those persons who are of the highest character in both their public and private lives. Although the code may vary slightly from school to school there are some rules and behaviors that are universal. Possessing and or mastering the following elements ensures that our organization remains revered and respected by those outside our family of warriors.

The Bushido Code & The 8 Virtues of the Samurai

  • Justice or Rectitude
  • Courage
  • Benevolence or Mercy
  • Politeness
  • Honesty & Sincerity
  • Honor
  • Loyalty
  • Character & Self Control
  • Behave honorably and professionally. Always treat others with respect.
  • Practice humility. Recognize that you are a member of a group sharing common goals and interest and that progress is always achieved as part of a team.
  • Never use profanity or coarse language in class. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Violations of this section will be grounds for immediate dismissal and or criminal charges.
  • Show respect for others beliefs and opinions.
  • Always exercise self-control. Never lose your temper or react in anger.
  • Set a good example. Your behavior always sets an example for those students in lower ranks.
  • Practice cleanliness and order. The condition of your school is a reflection of its students. Be proud of your reflection.
  • Good hygiene is mandatory. Clean uniform, equipment, and feet when on the mats. Finger and toe-nails must be clean and neatly trimmed. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • Always listen attentively to the instructor.
  • Come early to class. It is always a good idea to give yourself extra time. Prompt and regular attendance shows respect to your instructor and fellow students.
  • Remember that your reputation and actions outside the school reflect its character and spirit. You are an ambassador of your school. Always behave appropriately with good manners and respect and in a way that will bring honor to your organization, peers and instructors
  • Progress is never alone. Help others improve and succeed. Recognize that you are all members of a strong group sharing common goals and interests.
  • As you advance, ego is a constant enemy. Remain humble at all times.
  • Be mindful of the physical characteristics and abilities of your training partner. Stay within their capabilities, avoiding behavior that will expose them to potential injury
  • Bow when entering and leaving the mat area.
  • Workout within your physical limitations, please inform all instructors of all/any health conditions you may have.
  • Do not leave the mats without prior permission from the professor or instructor.
  • No talking while an instructor is demonstrating a technique. Sit upright and attentively.
  • No chewing gum or eating candy while participating in class.
  • All metal objects, jewelry, piercings, necklaces and other items must be removed during training.
  • Sparring is not a game or a contest. There is no winner or loser. There are only opportunities to learn and improve
  • The goal is to learn, not win. You do not have an opponent, you have a partner. You are both polishing your skills. In the real world, escape can be a victory.
  • Practice at home whenever possible. It is essential to advancement.
  • Have a clean uniform on and have your belt tied correctly when you enter class. If you are wearing an undershirt, it must be tucked in your pants.
  • Have fun! You’re a part of an extended family – take care of one another
 

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