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The uniform we wear is called a gi (pronounced “gee”). The gi is tied with the left flap tied over the right. Most uniforms have a company logo sewn onto the lapel of the left flap. If you cannot see the logo, you have tied it backwards. The gi is to be kept clean and it should only be worn during class.

The belts are only to be worn in the classroom. When a student enters the classroom, their belt should be either in their bag, draped across their shoulders, or in their hand. The belt is never to be placed on the ground. That is disrespectful to the rank that you hold. Once inside the classroom, the student must kneel before putting on their belt. Here is how the belt should be tied:

1. Start with the middle of the belt and place that against your stomach.


2. Wrap both ends around your back and cross them over each other, then bring the ends around to the front



3. Criss-cross the ends and tuck the top end up behind both sections of the belt



4. Pull the ends apart to make the belt snug and then tie a knot.



(The ends of the belt should end up going sideways and not up and down. If they are going up and down, tie the knot the other way.)

If a belt is found lying on the ground by an instructor, it will be returned to the student with a warning. The student will be given another warning on a second offense. If the belt is found on the ground a third time, the belt will be confiscated and the student will have to re-test before the rank is returned.

Lining up:
Students are lined up at the beginning of class by their rank. The highest ranking student stands on the far right hand side, at the front of the room. The line continues to the left with the next highest rank until there is no more room. Then a second row is created with the remaining students in descending rank.

The class is arranged in this fashion with the newest students in the back of the room, not as a punishment for being a lower rank, but as a way for the newer students to have someone to follow when learning new skills. In this way, white belts will be able to watch the higher ranking students in front of them and learn from those who have more experience.

Students should come to every class with their gi, belt, and sparring gear if they have any. Any student who arrives to class without their belt is considered “rankless,” and must line up to the left of the lowest ranking student in the class. The same applies to any student who arrives after class has begun.

Decorating the gi:
Students are permitted to decorate their gi with whatever patches they like, so long as they are not offensive or advertise for any company other than our school. There are a few patches that have specific locations where they must be sewn. The school patch belongs on the left chest. The AUA federation patch belongs on the right chest. The American flag is to be sewn onto the left shoulder. Lastly, the outside of the right pant leg is reserved for weapon patches that students receive during special seminars.

When a student is ready to test is determined by the instructor. The instructor accesses the student’s progress during every class and will invite the student to a test when the minimum requirements for their next rank have been met. Generally speaking, it could take anywhere from two to six months for a student’s first promotion. This depends on their ability to memorize the required material, the number of classes attended, and their ability to listen to the instructor and follow directions. Tardiness and behavior during class are also taken into account.

When the instructor starts the class, students are expected to be ready to line up and begin. This means that shoes are put away, gis are tied properly and students are prepared to enter the classroom. Students who arrive after the instructor has called the start of class must line up after the lowest rank in the room and will be marked as late. Occasional tardiness is understandable. Regular offenders will not test, regardless of ability, until attendance improves. Also, there are no bathroom breaks during our classes. The longest class is only an hour long and the bathrooms are on the opposite end of the building. Instead of taking time from training, go before class starts.

If you are unable to attend your scheduled class, you may make the class up during another class during the week. Even though you sign up for a specific day during the week, as long as you have paid for one or two classes a week, you can come whenever it is convenient.


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