1. No EGOS or bad attitudes will be permitted or tolerated at this academy.
2. Losing your temper will not be tolerated. Please control your temper at all times.
3. Everyone is here to learn an effective system of self-defense. Tapping out is OK and is a big part of the learning process. Never brag about tapping someone out. It happens to everyone in training, and it is how you will grow and improve. Training is a time that everyone should feel comfortable to try out new techniques and skills.
4. All students share the responsibility of keeping the academy safe and clean.
5. Introduce yourself to new students or students that you do not know. Make them feel welcome and comfortable at Helix.
6. When an Instructor is teaching, there should be no talking. We are here to learn. So, everyone should be paying attention even when you feel that you are already familiar with the technique.
7. When class begins, all conversation that does not pertain to BJJ or grappling should be kept to a minimum. There should be no talking during the stretching warm-up as well.
8. If you enter the Academy while another class is in session, then come in and wait for your class to begin without disrupting the other class. If you need to take a call during class or while waiting, then please be respectful of the other students. You can take the call in the changing area or outside.
9. If an Instructor comes over to correct you during a technique, there should be no other instructing going on. If you are not an Instructor, then at no time should you be trying to help someone through a technique while the Instructor is talking.
10. Respect for the Academy, the Instructors, and fellow classmates should be demonstrated at all times. Please have respect for those around you while training is in session. If you accidentally run into a group of higher rank while sparring, then respectfully move out of their way. If you would like to train with a higher rank, then please wait for them to ask you. Asking higher ranks to train with you can be considered disrespectful at times.
11. No shoes or food are permitted on the mats at any time. Wrestling shoes are permitted if they are used for mat use only.
12. Students are required to wear proper grappling attire at all times. Students will not be allowed on the mats in street attire during class.
13. Be sure to practice good hygiene before each class. All of your training equipment, clothing, and uniforms, must be clean before each training session. If your gi or rash-guard smells repeatedly, then you may be asked to purchase new gear. Good oral hygiene should be practiced and deodorant should be applied regularly out of respect for your classmates. Body odor is avoidable, and it should be prevented. This is an important part of keeping our Academy sanitized and promoting a pleasant training environment. The Instructor always has the right to deny training to any student practicing poor hygiene or any student with unsanitary attire.
14. A shirt must be worn at all times. Do not come out of the dressing room without proper attire.
15. Mat/Training etiquette: Keep your finger nails and toe nails cut short for the safety of others. Absolutely no slamming, finger pulling, or straight neck cranks will be tolerated.
16. Try to be on time. Traffic and life will happen, and these circumstances are understood. But, please do your best to be on the mat at the start of each class.
17. Foul language of any kind will not be tolerated within the doors of this Academy.
18. All students are required to immediately report any injury, health, or skin condition to the Instructor prior to class.
19. No loud outbursts or profanity of any kind are tolerated during class.
20. Absolutely no alcohol or illegal narcotics are allowed on the premises.
21. DO NOT ABUSE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE MARTIAL ARTS. Martial Arts should only be exercised for training, competition, and for the protection of yourself and others.