Student Training Manual
A Certified RMNU Jiu Jitsu Academy
The purpose of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not for fighting, but to perfect techniques that will enhance your ability to defend yourself. With the recent popularity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, often the philosophy and purpose of training are overlooked. At GFBJJ we balance the core philosophy and purpose (self-defense, mental growth and physical health) with the modern evolution of Sport Jiu Jitsu and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). We believe that everyone has the right to learn how to defend him or herself and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a proven method to do so.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art; inherently martial arts develop discipline, character, work ethic, sound mind and body. Practitioners soon realize enhancements in other aspects of their lives as a result of their martial arts training.
Few people make the effort to reach their highest potential, and in understanding that, we take a unique approach to our training methods. It is our promise to provide high quality instruction along with a safe and friendly environment to learn in. You have taken a life-changing step and we are honored to have you as a member of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu family.
The goal of our martial arts program is to build self-esteem, teach goal setting skills, create positive peer groups, provide the students with positive activities, and to eventually produce better-educated, contributing and productive members of our society. We feel that one of our strongest responsibilities is to empower our students with the confidence, persistence and self-discipline to succeed in school, in sports and in life.
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Our philosophy is simply; Martial Arts has helped mold us into the individuals we are today. Through dedication, respect and an indomitable spirit we have succeeded not only in Martial Arts but also in life. We have grown not only physically but mentally as well. We strive to change lives through Martial Arts and pass on to others what it has given to us “Success”.
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be closed on the following Holidays:
January (New Years Day), May (Memorial Day), July (Independence Day), September (Labor Day), November (Thanksgiving Day), December 23rd through 31st.
Occasionally it may be necessary to close the studio due to emergencies or construction. Make up days will be scheduled in this event.
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
RMNU (Robson Moura Nations United)
127 E. New York Ave.
DeLand, Fl. 32720
We are a Robson Moura Nations United (RMNU) Jiu Jitsu Academy certified under Robson Moura and a proud member of the RMNU Jiu Jitsu Association.
Robson “Robinho” Moura is a 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a 8X World Champion. He is from Teresopolis (a small town in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and currently resides in Tampa, FL. where he established The Robson Moura Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Robson has been competing in BJJ competitions since the age of 13. With an excellent martial philosophy, hard working style and love of the game, he is among the greatest of the world’s Jiu-Jitsu players.
Robson holds his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under world renowned Master Andre Pederneiras. Robson attained the rank of 1st degree black belt at the age of 18 under Andre!
Lead Instructor Wallace Bailey has trained with Professor Robson for over nine years and has received every promotion from him. He earned his Brown Belt on Oct. 29th 2018. Coach Wallace started Gator Family BJJ in 2013 to carry on the Robson Moura Association in DeLand.
Coach Lani Stover is a successful competitor and Ladies Jiu-Jitsu Ambassador. She is the Assistant Adult and Kids Instructor and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt.
Coach Zach Gleason is an accomplished Blue Belt and has great technique. Working on his PHD in Psychology and training every chance he gets. Coach Zach is the Assistant Kids and Teens Instructor.
Colton Meahl is a Marine Veteran and is dedicated to helping everyone learn BJJ. Coach Colton is an Assistant Kids Instructor.
Philosophy and Purpose of Training
The ability to defend yourself and possessions are imperative. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu levels the playing field in many ways. With a heightened awareness of leverage, balance and technique your chances of walking away from a threat are greatly increased.
While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be physically demanding, all students are encouraged to work within their own ability. Through regular and constant practice, you will realize increased stamina and usable body strength. You will also find cardiovascular benefits to your training as well. Equally important are the methods for releasing daily stress through practical application of these techniques. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has its own unique characteristics, which differentiates it from any other form of martial arts. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu allows its participants to train at 100% or more with out the risk of injury.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu History
Jiu-Jitsu, the oldest form of martial art, originated in India. It spread through China and eventually settled in Japan.
In 1914, Mitsuyo Maeda arrived in Brazil to help establish a Japanese immigration colony in that developing country. He was aided by Gastao Gracie, a Brazilian scholar and politician of Scottish decent. To show his gratitude, the oriental master taught the basic secrets of that ancient fighting style to Gastao's son, Carlos Gracie.
Carlos taught Maeda's techniques to his brothers: Oswaldo, Gastao, Jorge and Helio and in 1925 they opened the first jiu-jitsu Academy in Botafogo, a district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Carlos also taught his son Carlson.
Helio, the youngest brother, who due to his frail health was forbidden from doing any kind of physical activity, got involved in this martial art at the age of 16 when he began substitute teaching for his brother Carlos. In spite of his small frame and weight of only 140 pounds, he became the mastermind behind the development of the style, creating an art that depended entirely upon technique, rather than strength and speed.
Helio went a step further than his teachers by introducing techniques that required less strength than the Japanese style. Led by him, the brothers were driven by a constant determination to find effective ways to deal with the very possible aspect of a real fight. Daring to break away from the traditional Japanese style, they began experimenting, modifying and perfecting simple techniques that would be effective regardless of stature. That is how the Gracie family developed this style of Jiu-Jitsu. Though this martial art descended from the ancient Japanese style, the differences are quite apparent. Many of the Japanese facets of the art which depended on physical prowess and stiff motion were tossed aside, leaving only pure technique.
It’s important to know your lineage. Anyone can claim to be a Black Belt. We are proud to be a verified Robson Moura School connected directly to the person responsible for Jiu-Jitsu, Mitsuyo Maeda.
Mitsuyo Maeda (Kodakan Judo Expert, over 2000 professional fights )
Carlos Gracie (One of Maeda’s first students)
Carlson Gracie (Carlos’s Son)
Andre Pedenieras (Co Founder of Nova Uniao, MMA Coach)
Robson Moura (5th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, 8X World Champion, 6 Time Brazilian World Champion, IBJJF Hall Of Fame Inductee)
Everyone must come to class ready to train and with a positive attitude. Let the academy be your sanctuary, try to leave any hardships at the door.
Other attitude requirements:
Foul language is not acceptable at anytime for any reason
NO chitchat during instruction and training (if it doesn’t pertain to what we are doing it can wait)
Everyone must be treated with respect (talking down to, making fun of or humiliating anyone member of the academy will not be tolerated)
Cleanliness is a must – Keep yourself and surroundings clean. Unsanitary gi’s, equipment or persons will not be tolerated. After using any of the house equipment it is your responsibility to clean and sanitize it.
If you are injured and bleeding occurs, you must leave the mats immediately. You may continue training once the bleeding has stopped and injury site is covered appropriately. If blood gets on the mats it is your responsibility.
NO SHOES ON THE MATS
If you have to walk outside the academy or use the restroom, you must wear your shoes. You CANNOT walk outside barefoot then back onto the mat with out cleaning your feet.
Fingernails and toenails must be trimmed
Gi’s must be clean and free of odors
All open wounds must be covered with medical grade tape
Frequently inspect your body for skin irritations and infections
It is recommended that you have at least 2 gi’s.
Equipment owned by Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu may not be removed from the facility at anytime for any reason.
We offer several programs at the academy. You are not permitted to use the equipment designated for other classes.
i.e. If you are taking a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class you are not permitted to kick or use any other piece of equipment that is not directly associated with the class you are participating in.
If you are not actively participating in the class you may not engage participants in conversation.
Non-students or guest who have not signed a liability waiver are not permitted on the mats. NO EXCEPTIONS.
If you are not training you are not permitted on the mats.
NO children permitted on the mats during classes. There is plenty of off mat space for your children to play. It is a liability issue and distraction to other students.
House gi – If you use the house gi, you are responsible to wash it and return it the following class.
Bring your own supplies - Tape, Wraps, Gi, etc.
Privates Lessons, Seminars and Equipment Purchases – Payments must be made in advance.
Private lessons maybe scheduled in advance and payments are to be made at the time of service
Seminars are posted in advanced and payments will be collected prior to the start of the seminar
Equipment must be paid for at the time of order
Water and other consumables must be paid prior to consumption. NO CREDITS.
WATER BOTTLES ARE NOT TO BE LEFT ON THE MATS DURING TRAINING
Clean up after yourself – Water bottles, tape and/or any other materials must be removed at the end of class.
Do not leave your personal items in the locker room overnight. We will not be responsible for lost items.
Protocol / Procedures
Leadership will be determined by rank. The highest-ranking belt controls the floor in the event the head instructor is not present.
The class does not start without the approval of the head instructor or the senior belt if the head instructor is not present. Directives and delegation will follow the same protocol. If the head instructor so chooses to remove himself/herself from their roll on the floor they must delegate their responsibility to the senior belt holder.
Asking a higher ranked student to roll is not permitted. When grappling you should be aware of your surroundings and yield the right of wat to higher ranked students.
Extreme importance should be attached to the salutation (Salute), which is an important part of training in the martial arts. Students should bow to their instructor and before stepping onto the mat. Students should not lose self-control, prudence, or composure before, during or after training or competition. The student should always show respect to their instructor or opponent by bowing or a handshake at the end of training or competition. Students should always present themselves before training or competition with a neat, clean and intact uniform.
Students will line up according to rank and seniority. The higher ranked students will be on the right. The instructor will take the position in the front of the class. Assistant instructors are to line up in front of the class.
When instruction is being given students should not be engaged in conversation. If you have a question, ask the instructor. Everyone should be participating in the warm-ups. If you are unable to perform an action you may substitute it with something else.
When a student comes to class late, he or she should quickly join the class. You will not be permitted to do your own thing while others are training.
In order to promote improvement in skill, one must learn the basic actions and practice them constantly until they are perfected. Concentration and persistence must also be expended by students to master the various positions. Through regularly spaced training sessions and a high volume of repetition, precise and accurate techniques will result.
As in the beginning of class, students line up according to rank. The instructor or senior student gives any closing remarks.
All students should take part in cleaning the academy since a high degree of cleanliness must be maintained. All water bottles, tape and other training aids must be removed and disposed of properly at the end of your training session.
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not responsible for items left over night. Be sure to store your belongings neatly to prevent them from being lost or tampered with. The locker rooms will be cleaned nightly. To prevent your belongings from being thrown out we recommend you check your bag before you leave to make sure you have everything you came in with.
Private Instruction Fees: Minimum $50 / 1 Hour
Any instruction beyond 60 minutes shall be negotiated with the instructor directly.
Belts and Promotions
Kids promotions are on a monthly basis. Promotions are based on Attitude, Attendance and the ability of demonstrating the techniques covered during the previous month. If all the requirements are met the student receives a white stripe for four months, a red stripe the fifth month and is eligible for a Belt Promotion on the sixth month. No child under the age of eighteen will be awarded a Black Belt.
Adult promotions are based on Attitude, Attendance and the ability of demonstrating the techniques covered. Promotions are not based on athletic ability, competition success or how many people a student submits. When a student has attended at least twenty classes he or she is eligible to test for a stripe promotion. A twenty-technique demonstration is required and is typically performed at a seminar with an RMNU Black Belt.
The Robson Moura Association promotes adult students to Green Belt between White and Blue Belt. Professor Robson’s first teacher Ailson “Jucao” Brites practiced this promotion and Professor Robson carries on the tradition.