Equipment & Safety

Jiu-Jitsu Equipment & Safety

Equipment


Having proper equipment for class is expected for our students*. If you have any questions regarding equipment or attire, please contact us.

  • Gi
    Jiu-Jitsu Specific Gi. Any color is acceptable in our gym.
    (Judo gi's are acceptable. Other martial arts gi's likely cannot handle the abuse of grappling techniques and may rip).
  • No Gi
    Rash guard-style top or T-shirt (short or long sleeve), MMA/Grappling shorts, athletic shorts/boardshorts, rash guard-style pants (spats), athletic pants or gi pants. Please avoid zippers, rivets and buttons.
  • Mouthguard (recommended)
  • Athletic Supporter (recommended if applicable)
  • Water Bottle (recommended)
    Hydration is important!
  • Athletic Tape (optional)
    Used to prevent injuries on fingers, toes, and other body parts or use as temporary bandage reinforcement.

Please avoid clothing that may have zippers, buttons and other hard objects that may impede training or cause injury.

You can purchase/order a Mile High Gracie Gi or Mile High Gracie Rash Guards & Shorts from us, speak to an instructor or email us for details.


Other Equipment

If you prefer to wear additional gear or protection such as ankle braces, knee braces, ear guards, etc. please ensure they are safe for training and will not obstruct your technique or pose obstacles for your training partners.

Clean Your Equipment

Please ensure your equipment is properly maintained and clean. Gi's and Attire need to be washed after EVERY CLASS. This will help ensure a safe and healthy environment, and respect for your colleagues.


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Safety

You should always consult your doctor or physician to determine your health condition and ability to participate in training. Please consider the safety of yourself and others at all times!

Injury Liability Release

All participants are required to review our injury liability release and sign it to agree to our terms & conditions prior to any training. You must be 18 years of age or older in order to sign it or have a parent/legal guardian present to read and sign the agreement on your behalf.

Technique and Drilling Safety

During general instruction, drilling, and practice, it is more important to focus on the correct form and technique rather than speed and force. Practice at a pace that improves your progress correctly. Be a "good partner" and drill at a "learning pace." It is perfectly okay to practice technique slow to ensure accuracy.

Sparring/Rolling Safely

You want to ensure you and your partner leave healthy.

  • Communicate your pace and skill level to your partners prior to rolling.
  • Communicate any potential health concerns or injuries.
  • TAP EARLY to prevent injuries.
  • Tapping Out Physically - Use a distinct repetitive tapping action with your hand on your opponent's body, so they can feel the submission.
  • Tapping Out Verbally - There may be times where you cannot physically tap out due to your position. In any scenario, you can verbally tap out - ensure it is loud enough for your opponent to hear.
  • When your opponent taps out, release your submission immediately and in a safe fashion in order not to injure your opponent.
  • MOVE-ON from attacks if you cannot finish them to avoid injuries.

Tapping Out

When sparring/rolling, attacks and submissions will be attempted. If you are caught in a submission, there are two ways to communicate tapping out:

  • Tapping Out Physically - Use a distinct repetitive tapping action with your hand on your opponent's body or on the mat, so they can feel and/or see your tapping.
  • Tapping Out Verbally - There may be times where you cannot physically tap out due to your position. In any scenario, you can verbally tap out - ensure it is loud enough for your opponent to hear.

When Your Opponent Taps Out

  • If someone taps out or submits to you, you should release your submission attack immediately and safely.

Note: Some attacks do require a more controlled release in order to prevent injury, like with an omaplata which should be released in a reversed direction from the attack in order not to injure the opponent's arm or shoulder.

Foot locks, Heel Hooks, Toe Holds, & Knee Bars/Leg Locks

Foot locks, heel hooks, ankle locks, toe holds and knee bars/leg locks pose additional injury risks due to the sensitive and advanced nature of them. We have strict rules on the usage of these attacks in class and which levels can perform them and can be performed on. The following rules apply for sparring/rolling:

  • NO foot locks, ankle locks, toe holds or knee bars/leg locks can be performed on any White belt level individual.*
  • With proper training, white belts and any other belt level can attempt them on any higher level belt (blue, purple, brown, black).*

If you are caught in any of these submissions, we advise tapping-out early to avoid any injuries, as these submissions can do damage before you actually feel it.

*When these submissions are the topic of instruction, they are okay to perform during technique and instruction.

Health

Injuries

We want all of our students to be safe and healthy.

  • If you have injuries or other health issues, always consult with your doctor or physician for advice on participating in training during and after experiencing an injury.
  • If you are injured, we recommend that you tend to healing yourself before exposing yourself to any further risks or delay to your healing process.
  • For some minor injuries, you are more than welcome to still attend class with the approval of your doctor or physician, and go over techniques/drilling. Participating in sparring/rolling will be at your discretion.

Healing your injury is priority!

Open Wounds / Cuts

If you have open wounds, DO NOT HAVE PHYSICAL CONTACT with others as this may endanger not only you, but other students and instructors.

Open wounds provide an opportunity for infections, diseases and other serious health issues.

If you receive an open wound during class:

  • STOP your activity
  • notify an instructor immediately
  • begin first-aid treatment - cleaning and caring for your wound is priority!
  • Avoid further physical contact with others
  • See a doctor and professional medical assistance and care.

Colds & Flu's / Contagious Illnesses

If you have ANY illness that may be contagious, we ask that you refrain from attending class until you are fully recovered. This is not only for the benefit of your own health, but to also reduce the risk of spreading the illness to fellow students and instructors.
(note: Any cold or flu, sore throat, sinus infection, etc., is contagious until it is completely healed)

Hygiene

We emphasize proper hygiene with yourself and your equipment, especially your gi and attire.

  • Wash your gi after every class.
  • Wash your no-gi clothing after every class.
  • Wash yourself regularly.
  • Clean and wash any other equipment regularly.

This will help prevent undesired odors, infectious bacteria, and other health issues in our facility. Please respect your fellow students and the health of the school.

School Environment

The mats at our school are to be cleaned after every class with proper cleaning solutions to ensure a healthy and clean training environment. Some students may be asked or volunteer to help with mopping the mats after class and these efforts are greatly appreciated.


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