American Jiu Jitsu @ MIT
A beginner’s guide: What you need to know before you begin.
Welcome to the American Jiu Jitsu club at MIT. We are both a club sport (under the Department of Athletics and
the ASA) as well as an official MIT PE class during the Fall term, 2nd quarter. The purpose of our club is to learn self-
defense. Specifically, we practice the American Jiu Jitsu System of Self-Defense. We are open to anyone willing to
learn in a fun, safe environment. In addition to self-defense, ancillary benefits include better health, stress
management, and increased self-confidence. We have created this document in the hopes that it may aid you in the
beginning stages of your journey into the martial art of Jiu Jitsu.
Your belt – All new members or potential members who have a gi should wear a white belt. If you have
earned a black belt in another form of Jiu-Jitsu/Jujitsu/Aikijitsu/etc., you may wear your black belt, but talk
to the head instructor first.
Your gi – Keep your gi clean. No one will work with you if your gi is dirty, smelly, or in any way unsanitary.
Black gis/gi pants are reserved for certified instructors. Blue gis/gi pants are reserved for the student of the
year and black belts.
Bowing – We bow to the front of the room and the instructor, the mat, and other students as a sign of
respect as well as for safety.
Responding – When responding to an instructor with a black belt, refer to them as sensei (teacher)… such
as in “Thank you, Sensei” (Domo arigato gozimasu, Sensei), or “Yes, Sensei” (Hai, Sensei). When referring to
anyone of higher rank, especially non-black belt instructors, refer to him or her as sempai (older student).
Mutual respect – Always show the utmost respect to anyone and everyone! Never let your temper flare.
Never do something out of frustration. We are all here to learn and to have fun! Safety is always our first
Safety – Safety is the number one concern of the instructor.