Uniform & Etiquette

The Jitsu Foundation uniform is know by its Japanese name ‘judogi’ but is generally referred to its abbreviated name of  ’gi’ and comprises of a re-inforced jacket, trousers and a belt. The principle being that everyone wears the same uniform and the only distinguishing markings are earned, in the form of coloured belts, hakama and black “over-gi”.


A Jitsu Foundation badge is worn on the right upper arm. This is the only permitted badge and is a condition of grading and participation in events and courses. The Foundation badge is also an indicator of grade.


Beginners wear loose clothes, often a t-shirt and track suit trousers, however they often quickly opt to purchase a hard wearing judogi, which can be purchased from the club. You can purchase your own but we recommend you buy from the club as there are many different types, some not strong enough, some more expensive than you need and profits go into club funds which helps the running of the club.

Beginners wear a white belt.


For hygiene reasons and respect for those that you train with, the gi should be washed regularly, sometimes after each training session, and folded in the correct manner to prevent creasing. Coloured belts are awarded at gradings and signify a student’s position within the ranking system of The Jitsu Foundation.


The Jitsu Foundation teaches Jiu Jitsu, a contact martial art that requires the concentration and control of those who wish practice the art.


Due to the nature of any contact activity, the Foundation requires that all its members abide by a strict and logical code of conduct. This ensures a safe and happy learning environment for all.




This is the room in which you train, it can be a village hall, sports hall, squash court, but when the mats are down the room then becomes a dojo and correct rules apply. The dojo floor is covered with reinforced mats known as judo mats or tatami; used to absorb the impact of falls. Footwear must not be worn on the mat.

 Good manners / etiquette

- bow on entry and exit to the dojo
- no smoking, drinking, swearing, or inappropriate behaviour, treat the dojo as if it is someone’s house and you are a guest
- shoes or zori should be worn when not on the mat
- clean feet
- clean gi

For safety
- short finger and toe nails, as we have close contact with each other and don’t want to cause any scratching
- remove jewelry

So the instructor knows where everyone is
- ask permission  before stepping onto the mat,  to avoid collisions
- ask permission to leave the mat & dojo, so we can look after people if they don’t feel well etc.




This is the name given to the traditional Japanese bow or salutation, similar to
the western shaking hands. The bow should be performed correctly. The standing
bow is performed with feet together, bending forwards at the waist with alignment
of neck and back, hands move down the front of the legs until the body
forms approx 30 degree angle.


The kneeling bow is more formal, and is performed at the beginning and end of
the training session, marking the start and finish of training.




This term is the Japanese name for instructor. All instructors are referred to as
sensei. Instructors are those that hold the rank of 1st kyu brown belt and above.




Means stop or halt, and must be adhered to immediately for safety reasons.


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