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Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training Etiquette

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tends to be more informal than other traditional martial arts. To insure that Lake County BJJ has a safe, welcoming and encouraging environment. We require our students to adhere to the following set of etiquette guidelines.

General Conduct

  • Be on time. We understand people will run late please coordinate with the instructor ahead of time either an email or phone call. If you are late please wait on the side of the mat until the instructor clears you to join the class.
  • Bow before stepping on the mat and stepping off. This shows respect to your instructor and training partners
  • Do not talk when the instructor is teaching a technique. This is disrespectful and rude not only to the instructor but to the other students.
  • Maintain good hygiene. Always have a clean gi, no-gi classes you must wear a rash guard or a tighter fitting t-shirt.   Keep fingernails and toenails trimmed to prevent injury. We work hard to maintain a clean environment for you to train in, please do not ruin it.
  • Do not train when you are sick, please stay home and rest. Training can wait until you’re healthy. Any skin issues we require a note from a doctor stating you are cleared to return to training.
  • Do not wear shoes or outside sandals into the lobby and mat area.

Mat Etiquette

  • Do not ever crank a submission. Injuries will happen, but we can avoid most injuries by having self-control and not using force.
  • Be respectful of your training partners. Without training partners you cannot advance in Jiu-Jitsu, please be aware of that fact. They are giving up part of their day to train and learn do not ruin it by being THAT GUY or GIRL
  • Respect the hierarchy of belts. We are not as formal as other schools or martial arts but there is still a hierarchy that needs to be respected. Different colored belts not only represent knowledge but also time and experience in learning Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Have an open mind. Have an open mind regarding the techniques, how you learn, and who you learn from. Be open to criticism and correction, be respectful when your training partner is trying to help you correct the technique.
  • Higher belts please be willing to help lower belts.


  • Be aware of those sparring around you. Please find room if an area gets too crowded. Lower belts will always move out of the way of the higher belts. If you are not sparring it is your responsibility to watch and be mindful if an area is being too crowded. Please feel free to tell a pair to move to another area.
  • Sparring is always optional but it is encouraged.
  • Remember there is no winning in sparring.
  • Have self-awareness and body control. When sparring with someone who is smaller there is no need to use brute force. Flopping around can and will lead to injuries to yourself and training partner please practice body control at all times when sparring.
  • Be a good training partner. Listen to your partner and instructor when it is time to drill. Do not be a dead fish or resist at 100%. LCBJJ has a specific drilling structure, the instructor will let you know regarding resistance.
  • Keep doing the drill until the instructor stops time. Again we have a certain drilling structure and drills are timed for a reason. If you have questions regarding this please see the instructor.

Every student is held to these standards to ensure a quality training environment.

See you one the mats.

Carlos Archila

Head Instructor

Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Carlos Archila is the owner and head instructor of Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Mundelein, IL.  He has been training jiu jitsu over a decade, and is a proud affiliate of New Breed Training Center/Bonsai JJ-USA.  For more information about our classes please visit or call 847-495-2557

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