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Practitioners should wear a Judo Gi or Jiu-Jitsu Kimono. These two uniforms are made thicker and stronger than most other styles of martial arts uniforms (Karate, TaeKwonDo, Kung-Fu, etc.).

Gi/Kimono sleeves and pant legs should never be rolled up. Unrolled sleeves cuffs should hang between wrist and mid-forearm. Unrolled pant cuffs should hang between ankle and mid-calf. Jacket must be folded left lapel over right lapel.

Belt must be properly tied. Ask an instructor to inspect your belt knot if you are unsure. Belts are to be kept plain without stripes, bars, or embroidery. There are three rules pertaining to the belt:

Never Wash Your Belt...Be proud of your blood, sweat, and tears.
Never Let Anyone Else Wear Your Belt...You were the one that earned it.
Never Drop Your Belt On The Floor...This is a sign of dishonor.

Note: The Gaijin Ryu Dojo honors and accepts all belt rankings from other martial arts. However, anyone who desires rank in Gaijin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu must wear their official Gaijin Ryu rank during all classes and events sponsored by the Gaijin Ryu Dojo. No Exceptions!!!


(1)   Protect your partner at all times
(2)   No striking (unless instructed to do so)
(3)   No small joint manipulation (fingers, toes, etc.)
(4)   No biting, pinching, hair pulling, cupping (using your palm to cover opponent's mouth and/or nose), etc.
(5)   Keep fingers out of opponent's eyes, ears, nose, mouth, throat, sleeve & pant cuffs
(6)   Never apply a submission hold too forcefully. Always give opponent the opportunity to Tap
(7)   Tap before you get injured or pass out
(8)   Tap at least three times quickly and lightly (One or two hard Taps could easily be mistaken as strikes)
(9)   During practice, always try to Tap on your opponent's body or limbs (Tapping on someone's head is a sign of disrespect)
(10)   During competition, Tap somewhere on the mat so that the referee will see you

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