Rules, Safety & Etiquette

Rules, Safety & Etiquette at Santa Clarita Valley School of Jujitsu

Promoting a Safe & Respectful Learning Environment

While our class is much more informal and relaxed than many other martial arts schools in the Santa Clarita area, there are several things that new students should know to ensure a safe and productive experience for everyone. Please read through this list and be sure to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

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What You Need to Know Before Your First Class

  • Wear clean, comfortable workout clothes that allow you to have a full range of motion if you do not have a gi.
  • We suggest that those with long hair keep it tied back in a braid, bun, or ponytail. It is not a requirement, but many find the lack of visibility problematic, and long hair can sometimes end up underfoot after throws.
  • Arrive a little early (at least for the very first class) to meet with the instructor and take extra time to stretch and warm up if you need it. Classes do begin with warm-ups, rolls, and falls, but you are welcome to take the time you need.
  • Always bring plenty of water and something to towel off if you’re prone to sweating. We work hard, and you need to stay hydrated!

Mat Etiquette

  • Do not wear shoes on the mat; bare feet or socks are acceptable
  • As a sign of respect, we bow to the center of the mat before stepping on or off
  • The students and instructors bow to each other at the beginning and end of every class

Safety While Practicing

It is of utmost importance to us that everyone practices as safely as possible. This is not a place for ego, or for “winning” – everyone on the mat is there for the same reason, to improve themselves and their classmates.

Here are just a few things to keep in mind while practicing:

  • As in most other combat arts, we use a ‘tap’ to signal to our partner that they have accomplished the technique. We tell our students to tap early and tap often – there is no reason to put your well-being at risk. Likewise, when your partner taps, be swift in releasing the technique. Paying attention to your partner can ensure that you do not take a technique further than they can handle.
  • If you have any chronic pains (such as a bad knee or problem shoulder) tell the instructor immediately, as well as any new partners so that we can help you carry out techniques while protecting those areas.
  • It is important to know your own body and know when it may be time to stop or move on to another technique for the evening. We encourage our students to push themselves, but never to the point of injury.


  • First and foremost, we ask that those who are feeling ill or may be contagious stay home and come back when they are feeling better. Due to the close contact nature of what we do, illness can spread extremely quickly.
  • We ask that all students come to class clean. After all, you are going to be in very frequent contact with your classmates – not only is it an issue of safety in terms of bacteria, we want each student to have a positive class free of unpleasant distractions.
  • Please maintain neatly trimmed fingernails. Jagged nails can catch on gis, tearing the nail, or on your partner (uke), causing painful scratches.
  • While deodorant is encouraged, very strong or excessive use of cologne or perfume is not. Some students may be naturally sensitive to these smells, and even those who are not may become overwhelmed after prolonged contact.

At Santa Clarita Valley School of Jujitsu, we work tirelessly to ensure that each student has a productive class. Call us at (661) 255-6000 to schedule your free lesson!