CORE MMA - Gym Rules

Training Etiquette & Guide

We aim to provide the ideal learning environment for all our members - balancing the creative, social, modern aspects of MMA with the culture and discipline of traditional martial arts. Please read carefully through the following guidelines and either contact us directly or via your class coach if you have any queries.

1. Respect the gym facilities

We do our best to maintain a high facility standard for all of our members, and health and safety are key priorities. The following are firm rules and misuse will not be accepted - repeat offences may result in membership being revoked.

  • Watch out for misuse of equipment, and only use whats relevant to the class at hand (as directed by the coach).
  • If you starting bleeding, stop immediately and to attend to the wound and cleaning up your training space. The coaches will gladly show you where & how to go about this.
  • Don't leave a general mess or unwanted items such as drink bottles and clothing around the gym.
  • Kids must remain supervised before and after their classes. No youth members are allowed in the Gym / Weight's area unattended.
  • Always train with a spotter when performing high risk movements or using specialist equipment such as the weights rig. Keep a mobile device on hand and call 111 in the case of a medical emergency.
  • 24hr access tags are for the sole exclusive use of the individual they are issued to.
  • Hazards or anything else requiring attention should be made known to the coaching team, and also reported to info@coremma.co.nz

Looking out for the gym facilities helps to keep maintenance bills and membership fees down. There are a few key elements which help here:

  • No shoes on the mats, and shoes should be on whenever you're not using the matted area.
  • Make sure you leave the toilets in a clean and friendly state. If they need attention please make a class coach aware.
  • Put equipment back where it belongs.
  • Don't sit on the reception couches with sweaty training gear, please leave this area clear for guests / spectators.

If you're unsure or have questions about how to do something, please ask - one of our friendly team members will gladly help or point you in the right direction.

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

Martial arts are solo sports in competition, but team sports 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 in between drills and moving around on the mat. Partner up quickly, line up quickly. Avoid unneccessary distractions and keep a drink bottle close to the mat for quick drink breaks.
  • Be patient and stick it out. Everyone starts as a white belt.