CORE MMA - Gym Rules

Training Etiquette & Guide

We aim to provide the ideal learning enviroment for all our members - balancing the creative, social, modern aspects of MMA with the traditional discipline and culture of traditional martial arts. Please read through the following guidelines.

Hard Rules

1. Respect the gym facilities

We do our best to maintain a high facility standard for all of our members - at the lowest possible rates. Looking out for the gym facilities helps to keep maintenance bills and membership fees down. There are a few key elements which help here:

  • Watch out for misuse of equipment, and only use whats relevant to the class at hand (as directed by the coach).
  • If you bleed on the mats, it's your job to clean it up!
  • Make sure you leave the toilets in a clean and friendly state.
  • Don't leave a general mess or unwanted items such as drink bottles and clothing aroud the gym.
  • No shoes on the mats.
  • Put equipment back where it belongs!

2. Keep up the Personal Hygiene

MMA is a contact sport, and it's important that everyone maintains a high standard of cleanliness to prevent the spread of serious illness and disease, as well as preventing physical harm - this allows for a greater focus on quality training!

  • Self hygiene - make sure your gym clothes are clean and that you've showered recently before attending class. Trim your nails short!
  • Clean up after yourself. If you are dripping sweat, bring a towel.
  • Cuts and bruises must be cleaned and covered.
  • No training with any form of sickness or contagious diseases.

3. Be a good training partner

MMA is a solo-sport in the cage, but a team sport in the gym. We're all here to learn, help and build off each other - that's what helps us improve and maintain a competitive advantage. However, this sometimes requires a few pointers:

  • Leave your ego at the door - we're all here to learn.
  • Be coachable - it's what you're paying your fees for. Try to understand the purpose of each drill and make sure you're upholding your part (i.e. dont go mental with intensity on a flow drill, or drift away when you're supposed to be an active training partner). Observe the technique with full focus.
  • Let the coaches do the coaching - it's what they are there for. Helping your partner to understand the drill or breaking down movement is fine, but make sure it's in line with the class at hand.
  • Show up on time so you don't miss key points at the start of the class - and warm up properly. Similarly, don't slink off early and skip your role on the receiving end.
  • Keep it technical day-to-day. Large amounts of hard physical training can result in injury - so the coaches will be deliberately be cycling and moderating this throughout the week.
  • Don't waste time moving around on the mat. Partner up quickly, line up quickly. Avoid unneccessary distractions.
  • Be patient and stick it out. Everyone starts as a white belt.