Here at Team Renegade we like to keep the atmosphere as friendly as possible, leaving any ego at the door before you enter the gym.

The hardest role to learn is not how to be a great fighter, but how to be a great partner. If you can do the latter, then the former becomes easier. Everyone on the mat is training hard to support each other, so when we do have to apply ourselves in competition, or in a real life situation, we are fully prepared.

When sparring, try not to tense up and feel you have to “win” or “prove yourself”. Stay relaxed and accept that sometimes it is best to allow yourself to be swept, and to tap to submissions, in order to avoid injury.

Before you step on the mat, there are a few common sense requirements:

  • your hygiene is important, make sure you have short finger and toe nails
  • any cuts and grazes are adequately covered up
  • remove all jewellery, and tie long hair back
  • you should not train if you have any contagious skin infections or if you are suffering from cold/flu like symptoms
  • your kimono’s hygiene is also important, it needs to be clean and dry
  • try not to eat just before training, usually an hour before is the latest you should eat, but do bring plenty of water with you
  • make sure you arrive before the class starts. Do not try to avoid the warm up, as you are more likely to get injured, though we understand if you’re rushing in from work

When you step onto the mat:

  • go around and greet your instructor/s and fellow students with a handshake
  • find yourself a space where you can stretch out or drill with another partner before the class begins
  • during class, focus and try your best, and don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • do not step on the mat wearing shoes
  • do not step off the mat barefooted, especially if you are off to the toilets, this is not hygienic
  • when sparring, be aware of other people around you, to avoid clashing heads and so forth, the safety of you and your partner comes first
  • you may drink water when ever you feel the need to

After the class

  • stay for the cool down stretch, as this will help prevent you feeling sore the next day
  • when the class is finished, we end our training session by shaking hands with each other
  • if you do have to leave early, then bid your instructor/s and fellow students your departure by shaking their hand
  • to minimize the risk of skin infections, wash your gi/kimono and take a shower as soon as possible after training

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