The objective of Battle School is the advancement of the principles of self preservation and conditioning in modern self defense. Battle School grants the privilege of membership to individuals and organizations committed to that objective. The privilege of membership may, therefore, be withdrawn by Battle School, whenever it determines the conduct of a member is inconsistent with the objective of the organization, or the best interest of the training and those who participate in the curriculum.
In order to assist all members to better serve the interest of those who participate in Battle School, we adopted a CODE OF CONDUCT, which follows. This code is not intended to establish a set of rules that will, by inclusion or exclusion, prescribe the appropriate behavior for Battle School members in every aspect of their participation in the modern self defense curriculum. Rather, the code offers principles to guide conduct and the judicious appraisal of conduct in situations that have ethical implications.
The code itself cannot enhance ethical conduct in the training, that can only come from the personal commitment of the participants in Battle School to behave ethically. This code is offered instead to guide and affirm the will of all Battle School members to safeguard the best interests of members, by conducting themselves ethically at all times.
- Brotherhood: Battle School Instructors shall reinforce the family spirit among students, parents, and other instructors. Their attitude must always be positive and cooperative in order to channel their creative energy towards the strengthen and the growth our family, always putting the team in front of individual selfish needs.
- Cooperation: Battle School Instructors shall nurture and reinforce a cooperative environment inside and outside the academy. They must ensure that the competitive realm is restricted to In house tournaments as well as the competitor attitude. They must make the students understand that progress is not reflected on their ability to overcome a training partner or an competitive opponent, but rather reflected on their capacity to engage on a cooperative training experience were the winner is whoever learns more.
- Discipline: Battle School Instructors shall constantly discipline the students and never punish them. They must make students understand that without discipline there is no mastery, neither in self defense nor in life, and that without the willingness to sacrifice, excellence is just not possible.
- Respect: Battle School Instructors shall reinforce that students must act with warmth and equally toward one another, regardless of their differences in race, creed, gender, nationality, etc. The ranks/ hierarchy must be respected and the authority of the higher rank sincerely recognized.
- Continuous Improvement and Growth: Battle School Instructors shall reinforce that Self defense is a life long journey with no ending point. Students must perceive the Level 4 as their minimum goal and that their progress represents an increasing commitment to their growth as Battle School practitioners and human beings.
- Leadership: Battle School Instructors shall lead by example, kindness and care. The formal authority shall always and ever be supported by their moral authority built upon a positive, cooperative, and constructive attitude towards the students and other instructors.
- Inspiration: Battle School Instructors shall understand their importance on students lives as role models, as well as their responsibility in bringing out the best each person has within.
- Enjoyment: Battle School Instructors shall teach a class as a privilege and never take it as a burden. Each class is the realization of a dream, the instructor life’s work. They must enjoy every minute of it and teach like it was going to be their last opportunity to change students lives for better.
How we learn
The four phases of learning a skill
1) Unconscious Incompetence-
You do not know that you do not know. (be humble and start here, stop excuses and become a good student)
2) Conscious Incompetence-
You NOW know you don't know! Congrats, now learning can start.
3) Conscious Competence-
Threw practice, you can think on a subject and complete the task correctly. (usually still hard under pressure. )
4) Unconscious Competence -
Correct reaction without the need to logically THINK- this is your reaction and flinch response. This takes work and time. Anything worth being good at is worth being bad at for a bit. GO do work!
CLASS ETIQUETTE TO SUPPORT LEARNING
1) DO NOT add extra techniques you have seen or trained elsewhere, there is a reason you are here, if your other style was so good, go back. If we want you to teach something we will ask you. If you would like to show us a technique after class, we are always open. If it works better, and meet our standards, we will teach it and give you full credit. This is not an Ego thing, we take self defense serious as lives may depend on this. Many factors are taken into account.
2) GO slow and learn each step in the techniques.
3) Practice on your teammates the way you would want it done to you. slow is smooth , smooth is fast. start slow and with detail, as you get it down speed it up as much as you can without sacrificing details.
4) Do NOT use the excuse "well this is how i trained it"... well work on un-training it. If it was so good you don't need us! Remember why you are here, To LEARN.
5) Stay humble or be humbled.
6) Do NOT play with equipment unless asked i.e. removal and playing of training knives, guns, riffles, or sticks. There is an etiquette that unless you are taught, stop. We take this serious.
Battle School tends to teach in a more relaxed and less rigid atmosphere than traditional martial arts. Nonetheless, in order to maintain a positive environment that is both conducive to learning and welcoming to potential students, we require our students, parents of students in the kids’ classes, and staff to adhere to the following Etiquette guidelines.
1 Be respectful when getting onto the mats when you enter the training area.
2) Be aware of your personal attitude coming into class, emotions are contagious.
3) Remember you are here to learn.
4) Before class, when entering the training area, you must shake everyone’s hand before doing anything else.
5) Keep a respectful posture in the training area.
6) Classes begin with a formal bow to the instructor, with students lining up in descending grade order.
7) Classes end with a formal bow to the instructor, with students lining up in descending grade order.
8) All students must be prepared with correct training gear.
9) During class, when the instructor is demonstrating the techniques, every student must sit or stand in good posture without talking.
10) If you are late for class sit by the side of the training area and wait for the permission from the Instructor.
11) If you need to leave the mat or leave earlier you must ask permission from the Instructor.
12) Show respect to your partners before and after practice.
13) Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject.
14) Absolutely no foul language inside the school.
15) Keep fingernails and toenails short for everyone’s safety.
16) All students, Instructors, must wear the official Battle School uniform. (our T shirt, and shorts)
17) It is mandatory to have underwear underneath your shorts. Yeah, we had to!
18) For Jiu JItsu Classes, students must Have a Gi unless it is a NO gi Class.
19) The uniform (Gi and No Gi) must be clean at all times. A dirty uniform is a sign of disrespect.
20) The uniform must be worn at all times.
21) When making adjustments to the uniform, students must face the edge of the mats.
22) DO not play with equipment unless otherwise asked.
23) Refer to instructors as “Coaches”.
24) In Jiu Jitsu classes Refer to black-belt instructors as “Professors”.
25) All metal objects, jewelry, piercings, necklaces and other items should be removed.
26) No , food or drink (other than water or sports drinks) on the mat.
27) No cell phones in the training area.
28) All students and Instructors must wear shoes when walking outside of the training area. ( for the Jiu JItsu classes)
29) STUDENTS ARE NOT TO BE ON THE COUCH! you are sweaty, and we have enough to keep shiney clean, chairs are ok as long as you are not in class.
To add to the extensive list for etiquette, Wefound a great list by BJJ Grrl of “Do’s and Don’ts” that also should be followed. Thank you to BJJ Grrl for this great list! this absolutely carry's over into Battle School.
Newbie Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t be a jerk. (I could stop right there, but you probably need specifics, huh?)
Don’t kid yourself — battle School is not easy, or everyone would be doing it. And if were easy, you could beat black belts in 2 months, and then there would be no reason to pay money to learn it.
Don’t panic. (Valuable advice for hitch hikers and newbies alike). Don’t be afraid. (And don’t worry too much if you are scared.) This is new, this is different, this takes time to get used to. Chill. Relax. Breathe. Try to have fun.
Don’t spaz! slow is smooth smooth is fast. Spazzing: flailing; exploding; flopping on partners; grabbing limbs and jerking; trying to turn anything gripped into an immediate submission; pinching, scratching, or biting; shoving/flinging your partner around; jumping into the air and coming down on top of your partner; clawing for grips; trying to force things that are nowhere near close to happening; slamming (picking your partner up and slamming them back on the mat); trying to bear hug someone as a submission or stalling tactic; going as fast and hard as you can all the time; showing no concern or awareness of your partner as a teammate and fellow human; essentially, fighting as if your life depended on the next 3 minutes. (Which it does not.) Often associated with holding your breath and/or being too concerned about what anyone will think if you have to tap. Also related to panicking. All of these characteristics usually lead to your partner being injured.
The point of jiu-jitsu is to submit your partner without actually injuring them.
Don’t worry if you can’t seem to keep up with the conditioning your first night (or week, or month). Even if you think you’re in shape, you’re not in grappling shape yet.
Don’t try to skip the warm up/conditioning by coming in late or leaving early. Pansy. Don’t wait until you’re “in shape” for battle School. You’ll never get there.
The best way to get in shape for Jiu Jitsu to do Jiu Jitsu. (Battle School.)
Don’t assume that you’ll be a superstar your first night. You won’t. Everyone sucks when they start. You probably won’t even do the warm up moves right. (You think you’re doing them right, but you’re not. Drop your hips more.)
No matter what your background is, it isn’tJiu Jitsu (battle School). If you come from wrestling, you’ll still be good at wrestling, but you won’t be good at Jiu Jitsu (battle School) yet.
If you’ve been lifting, you’ll still be strong, but you won’t be good at Jiu Jitsu (battle School) yet. None of those are Jiu JItsu (Battle School.)
Don’t try to hurt people. This is not a fight. This is a class, a practice. If you’re just here to beat on people, you will be shown the door. The people on the mat are your team mates, not your enemies. Don’t do to someone what you don’t want done back to you.
Don’t assume that you have to “prove” yourself in order to stay at the school. You don’t. You pay, you practice. You don’t have to hurt anyone to be allowed in. And there’s no “3 taps and you’re out” rule, either, so go ahead and tap.
Don’t try to outlast every submission. You’ll only get injured. Go ahead and tap; it’s really okay. And if you seem to be outlasting every submission, then you’re rolling with a very nice person. Thank them later for not choking you unconscious, which is the sure fire solution for non-tap-itus.
Don’t think that Jiu Jitsu (Battle School) rank is based on who gets whom. It’s not. It’s based on your individual skill and progression. Hulk-smashing a smaller but higher-ranked team mate does not earn you “points” toward your next belt.
Don’t think you “almost had” anyone higher-ranked. You didn’t. They were being nice and letting you play so that Jiu JItsu (Battle School) is more fun for you.
Don’t try to “get revenge” if someone taps you. You’ll only end up on the short list of guys who get smashed for being jerks.
Don’t keep track of who you tap and who taps you. No one likes the guys who can recite who they tapped out. (You don’t keep score in a football, soccer, rugby, or basketball practice, do you?) It’s one thing to be proud that you finished a submission correctly or finally caught someone who’s better; it’s quite another thing to keep a tally of “wins” and “losses” to individual team mates.
Don’t say you don’t want to roll with [girl/old guy/kid/etc.] because you’re afraid you’ll “lose” and look bad. Because as soon as you say that, you immediately look bad. Don’t, either, try to pick out someone you “can at least beat” (as in, “I can at least beat a girl/kid/smaller guy”). Once again, it’s not about trying to beat anyone, and if that’s all you want, you’ll shortly be the one being beaten.
Don’t judge anyone on the mat by their gender, size, or appearance. Right now, they’re all better than you because they have more mat time. The best guy is sometimes a girl. The big dog is sometimes a small guy.
Don’t hold a submission after your partner taps. Let. Go. NOW.
Don’t resist your partner in drilling more than you’re told to. Drilling is for learning movements and memory patterns, and your partner can’t do that if you’re being a jerk. You are supposed to tap during drilling when your partner does it right, so tap. You need the practice.
Don’t hold your breath. You’ll only get more tired more quickly. Oxygen is good.
Don’t equate practice with a competition. Practice is for practicing. Competitions are for ripping off limbs. Tap in practice.
Do not injure your team mates.
Don’t equate watching UFC or YouTube videos with actual mat time. To get better at Jiu Jitsu (Battle School), you have to do Jiu Jitsu (Battle School.)
Don’t try to instruct anyone. You don’t know anything. Sorry, but you really don’t. And don’t listen to just anyone — there are knuckle heads who just want someone to listen to them. Most of what comes out of their mouth is wrong. Listen to the instructors and to most colored belts, and to anyone that they listen to.
Don’t brag about which fighters/whatever you’ve met. No one cares. Don’t brag about which fighters/whatever your family members have met. Everyone cares even less.
Don’t tell us about the fight career you’re going to have. You wouldn’t last 10 seconds in a cage right now, and we know it.
Don’t brag about experience you don’t have. battle School is a put-up-or-shut-up game. You’ll have to back it up, and you’ll be found out very quickly.
Don’t be afraid to tap. All it means is “Okay, you got me. Let’s start again.” It does not mean “OMG I suck and everyone’s laughing at me.” They’re not laughing; they’re tapping, too.
Don’t try to excuse getting tapped by saying, “Yeah, well, if I could throw punches…” or “Yeah, well, I could beat you if this were stand up.” This is Jiu Jitsu (Battle School) play by the rules. Man up. Accept that you got caught and stop being a whiny baby.
Don’t say you have an injury or are tired or don’t know what you’re doing and ask me to go light (which I was going to do anyway because I know you don’t know what you’re doing), and then jump out to 210% yourself.)
Don’t be a gear-whore. Sure, buy training gear, but strutting in head-to-toe Tapout is no substitute for mat time.
Don’t take your shirt off after class and strut around and/or do pullups/biceps curls slowly while watching yourself in the mirror. Everyone else is secretly laughing at you.
Don’t smoke. You can’t breathe, and then neither can anyone else.
Do be friendly and introduce yourself. If no one’s talking to you, it’s probably because they’re tired of learning new guys’ names only to never see them again. Be the exception.
Do try to relax. We know you’re nervous; we were, too, on our first day. We know you don’t know what to do, and we do want to help.
Do remember to breathe. Oxygen is good.
Do tap. No one’s keeping track of how many times you tap. (Unless you’ve met “jerk criteria,” in which case, yes, they actually are.)
Do ask questions.
Do ask about what is and is not involved in battle School Examples of not: small-joint (e.g., finger) manipulation, punching, kicking, slamming. Asking a “stupid” question (which isn’t actually stupid) is better than doing something actually stupid in rolling and finding out the answer the hard way.
Do understand that ignorance (not knowing) is acceptable. Idiocy (not listening; being a jerk/being stupid) is not.
Do pay attention to the instructor, especially when he’s instructing.
Do use the moves you’ve learned in class. Sure, you only know 2 — so practice those 2. The technique part of class isn’t just so you can get a breather; those things we’re showing you do actually work. Try them: you’ll be surprised.
Do listen to advice you’re given. If they say you’re doing it wrong, then you’re doing it wrong, no matter what you think.
Do what you can during the warm ups and elsewhere in class. Don’t worry about keeping up yet; you’ll acclimate quickly.
No one thinks you’re a wimp; they all probably looked the same when they started.
Do consider simply watching during live rolling at first or asking someone experienced to show you what to do. You think you know what to do, but you don’t.
Do tap. Early and often. Injuries are bad.
Do let go as soon as your partner taps.
Do tell the instructors if you have any judo or wrestling or other legitimate & relevant experience. Pretending you know nothing, and then smashing other white belts, is not a good first impression. No, really, it’s really not. If you have prior experience, tell them.
Do use good hygiene practices: trim your nails, wash your hair, wash your whole body, wash your clothes, brush your teeth, use deodorant. You don’t want to be known as The Smelly Guy.
Do report any skin infections to your instructor. If you’ve never seen it before and you don’t know what it is, ask someone.
Do go to class as regularly as you can.
Do realize that Jiu Jitsu (Battle School) is not easy. It takes a lot of long, hard work. It’s very fun and rewarding, though. So do come back.
Don’t come to class and train when you are sick! I couldn’t emphasize this enough! Don’t come in and jeopardize your team mates training and development because you want to train when you are sick! A big no no!
Don’t try to hurt your classmates.
Don’t try to kill* the newbies**, either.
Don’t just roll with guys you can “beat.” Remember, “wins” in class don’t count toward anything. Stroking your ego doesn’t make you any better at jiu-jitsu.
Don’t try to skip the warm up/conditioning by coming in late or leaving early. Pansy.
Don’t equate practice with a tournament. Practice is for practicing. Tournaments are for ripping off limbs.
Don’t say you have an injury or are tired and ask me to go light, and then jump out to 210% yourself.
Don’t force submissions: Especially on people who you know are weaker (and yes, you do know). If it takes you an entire roll to force an armbar on me, it means that your technique is very, very wrong. So all you’re doing is reinforcing bad habits for yourself. If you do it right, I personally don’t have the strength to power out of it, so it will work. If your partner is defending one submission, then something else is open. You can always transition to another position or another submission. Go to the weak side rather than just trying to force open their defense.
Don’t try to outlast submissions. (Escape, yes. Hang on for dear life and hold your breath for 2 minutes, no.) You’ll only get injured. Go ahead and tap; it’s really okay. And if you seem to be outlasting every submission, then you’re rolling with a very nice person. Thank them later for not choking you unconscious.
Don’t keep track of who you tap and who taps you. No one likes the guys who can recite who they tapped out. (Be glad of catching a submission correctly, yes; keep a running total of “wins” and “losses”, no.)
Don’t try to “get revenge” if someone taps you. You’ll only end up on the short list of guys who get smashed for being jerks.
Don’t get mad/upset if someone who normally wouldn’t catch you somehow does. They have inadvertently helped you by pointing out something you need to fix. Figure out what you did wrong and fix it.
Don’t get so obsessed with “winning” in class that you only use the 3 moves you know will always work so that you always “win.” You may be having success now and so may think you’ve learned enough. Your team mates, however, are learning to counter your moves, and every day they are becoming harder to submit with your standard A-game set.
Don’t think thatbattle School rank is based on who taps whom. It’s not. It’s based on your individual skill. Hulk-smashing a smaller but higher-ranked team mate does not earn you “points” toward your next level.
Don’t drill a variation on the move being taught unless your instructor allows you to. Drill what’s being taught. Tap during drilling; you’re supposed to.
Don’t take your shirt off after class and strut around and/or do pull-ups/biceps curls slowly while watching yourself in the mirror. Everyone else is secretly laughing at you.
*There’s a difference between obliterating every new guy who walks in the door and representing your school well.
**There’s also a difference between new guys who really want to learn jiu-jitsu and new guys who want to “trane UFC” and already think they’re better than everyone. One of these needs to thoroughly learn a lesson.
Do tap, early and often. Injuries are bad.
Do introduce yourself to newbies and do help them out. They won’t know they’re doing it wrong unless someone tells them.
Do ask questions. You don’t know everything yet.
Do pay attention to the instructor, especially when he’s instructing.
Do use good hygiene practices: trim your nails, wash your hair, wash your whole body, wash your clothes & equipment, brush your teeth, use deodorant. Wash out your sports bag, too. (At the very least, Febreeze your belt. It’s gross, too.) You don’t want to be known as The Smelly Guy.
Do report any skin infections to your instructor. It’s great if you get treatment, but let everyone else know that something’s loose, m’kay?
Do use technique over strength. Strength is all well and good and useful and can get you lots of taps right now, but it only gets you so far. You can increase in strength to a point, but you can increase in technique and skill without limits.
Do try different things. It’s great that you can always hit that one kimura from side control, but if the rest of your game is non-existent, what have you really learned? (I know, you may have to *gasp* tap if you leave the old familiar. But if you don’t practice new stuff, you won’t learn new stuff.)
Do practice moves you “don’t like.” You “don’t like” it only because you don’t know it. Practice more.
Do try to use an escape besides the Hulk/supernova/Captain Caveman — that is, when you know you’re going to be caught, use the opportunity to work a real escape rather than explode out to avoid getting tapped. (And do tap if you’re legitimately caught instead of trying to injure your partner just to save a little face.) Because one day, you might meet someone who can negate your explosion, and then you still have to escape.
Do remember that your teammates are working, too. Class isn’t always just about you. Offer feedback to your partners if you can, either during the roll, by tapping when they catch you, or afterward by commenting on areas they’re improving on (or even where they need more work).
Personal Do: Say “Sorry”
I’ve heard people advocate both sides of this one, but personally I’m very annoyed when someone kicks me in the face, elbows me in the nose, pokes a finger in my eye, belly flops on my ribs, etc., and doesn’t at least mumble “Sorry.” I appreciate knowing that you’re paying attention to me as your partner. Otherwise, I start to think you really are injuring me on purpose — especially when it happens multiple times per roll or when you take advantage of me being momentarily stunned — and then I get ticked off and I don’t want to roll with you ever again. (Yeah, yeah, in a tournament or “street situation,” no one’s gonna say “Sorry.” But there, my ticked-off-ness just bumps up the adrenaline another notch. This, however, ain’t neither of those.) I’m not saying to stop a roll and call in the paramedics: just pause right where you are, mumble “Sorry,” let me grunt “M’okay,” and we’ll continue from the same position. Because there are times when I will need to stop because of your flailing limbs. If you want me to apologize for racking you, then you should also apologize for knocking me around. (Or, better yet, since I’m being careful not to hurt you, how about you be careful not to hurt me in the first place? Yeah, much better.)