Club Rules

Welcome to our school. We appreciate your support and interest in Coastal Combatives. Our instructors will do their best to provide training that is safe, effective and enjoyable.

-Professor Spendiff

Basic Class Formalities

1. Be on time for class or let your instructor know when you are going to be late or absent. If you come in late, let the instructor know and join the class without disrupting them.

2.  Show respect to higher rank students and to those who are senior in age to you.

3. Be attentive (look, listen, & learn) when the Instructor is speaking and teaching.

4.  Only the class Instructors will conduct the training and unless identified to do so, students are not to teach.

5.  You are to work together with your partner so that a mutual benefit of training is achieved.

6.  90% of Jiu-Jitsu training focuses on technique acquisition. This requires students to be methodical and vigilant in their training.

7.  Absolutely no sparring or rapid display of technique unless indicated by your Instructor.

8.  During sparing, all new students are advised to sit and observe, positional spar, practice technique, or train with higher ranking students for the first 4-weeks.

9.  If at anytime during training you are endanger of being injured through an applied technique or approach another groups training space, firmly TAP your partner 2 times or say STOP and this will initiate your partner to immediately  STOP applying any technique.

10.  If a throw or take down is being practiced ask your partner if they are confident in break falling, if not, practice the move without releasing your partner or pay special attention to placing them on the ground safely.

11.Safety and technical practice are number the #1 concern when training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

12.  The following techniques are prohibited for all ranks during normal in-class sparring.

Straight cervical neck cranks

Small joint manipulations (fingers and toes)

Fingers or hands in the mouth or ears

Attaching the groin

Hair pulling / grabbing

High velocity slams from the guard

Pinching or crushing the trachea (windpipe)

Face crushing (face choking)

Striking or uncontrolled dropping of body weight of any kind

The following techniques are prohibited for White Belts

Heel hooks or twisting foot locks

Knee bars

Toe holds

Wrist locks

Over guard guillotine

If you wish to use any or all attacks on  Purple, Brown, and Black Belt students, you shall inform them prior to the start of the match.

13.  Self-control and good sportsmanship are a must in the class. Mutual benefit is a major theme in training and sparring and allows for a strong TEAM concept to be developed

14.   All class dues are to be paid the 1st week of every month. Anyone knowingly participating in the class without paying fees will be dismissed permanently from class participation.

15.  Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is to be used in daily practice, competitions (regional, national and international) and in last resort for self-defense situations. Inappropriate behavior that leads to street fights, challenge matches, and/or bullying will not be tolerated and will result in the expulsion or suspension of the student(s) involved.

16.  Any activity or behavior not in accordance with the guiding principles of the school can result in your termination as a student.

17. Any students wishing to compete for our school in a No-Hold-Barred /MMA/Vale Tudo type competition must hold a minimum rank of Purple Belt and have received personal permission and 3 months of pre-competition training to be approved.

18.Adult (18+) Belt Rank in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is as follows: white, blue (I-IV) , purple (I-IV), brown (I-IV), black (I-VII), red & black (VIII), red (IX)

19. A black bar approximately 8-10 cm in length will be awarded on each colored belt after 3 months of consistent training. A degree signified by a 1 cm wide piece of white athletic tape will be awarded every 6-12 months on color belts (Blue thru Brown) up until IV degrees. Degrees are only awarded to students who consistently training and meet the criteria for improved rank. After reaching Brown Belt level IV you will be eligible to test for your Black Belt. A degree will be awarded every 3 years until 8th Degree, then the next promotion would be Red and Black Belt.

20.  Promotion time depends on the commitment, athleticism and character of the student. The following are normal times for promotion for student participating in class 3-4 x per week. In parentheses is the time line Mr. Spendiff spent at each rank.

White to blue: 1-2 years (1.5 years)

Blue to purple: 3-4 years (4 years)

Purple to brown: 3-4 years (3 years)

Brown to black: 3-5 years (3 years)

Black +: each degree takes 3 years of active teaching and or competing

21.  Time is not the sole criterion for rank; it is possible that an individual may not improve in rank if they do not make improvements in the areas below.

Ranking is based off of three criteria:

Technical ability: this is a measure of how well you perform or repeat techniques learned during class under low stress. (i.e. show me how to do an arm bar)

Sparing / fighting ability: this is a measure of how well you perform techniques under a high stress or a dynamic environment (sparring). (i.e. completing a successful escape from a common headlock during sparing)

Personal character: this is a measure of how well you follow the guiding principles of the school. (How well liked or respected are you by your fellow students, instructor, and community?)

22.  Students and Instructors are expected to attend scheduled seminars with invited Black Belts and other professional guest instructors. These experiences allow for additional learning opportunities and student evaluation.

Personal Care


1.  Hygiene: Attention to personal hygiene is a must. Students should be clean and free of foul orders. In order for the class to maintain the highest standards of hygiene the following rules must me followed:

Finger and toenails must be trimmed short.

Hair, if long, must be pulled back and secured.

Colored hair spray is not allowed.

A daily bath and use of under arm deodorant is required

No lubricants, analgesic cream, and or skin creams may be worn that may place an inconvenience to the opponent or allow an unfair advantage to the wearer of such products.

The kimono and or training attire shall be washed and thoroughly clean prior to every use.

uniform shall be free of tares and foul orders to include tobacco smoke

The Jiu-Jitsu belt shall not be washed

2.  Mats will be cleaned daily with a commercial mat cleaning solution or 2-5% bleach solution. A professional grade pump sprayer should be used to cover the surface area of the mats with the cleaning solution and the students should then dry then use clean towels to wipe the mats clean.

3.  Earrings and all others body piercing, wrist and ankle bracelets and rings with exceptions to wedding bands are prohibited. Wedding bands can be worn as long as they are covered with athletic tape

Personal Health and Disease Risk:

It is recommended that all students and staff undergo an annual physical by a qualified Medical Doctor MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy so that they may be evaluated for safe class participation.

Students diagnosed with following conditions shall be prohibited from competition and practice.

Chronic Infectious Disease including:

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (AIDS)

All athletes are encouraged to receive an annual HIV test. 

Hepatitis B and /or C Virus


Active Herpes

Transferable Fungus and Bacterial Infections

Ring worm, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, MRSA

Open Cuts and abrasions.

All wounds including cuts, abrasions, lacerations and burns must be covered an appropriate dressing.

Heart diseases and/or risk factors of heart disease to include: arrhythmias, heart block, valvular disease, peripheral vascular disease, aortic stenosis, uncontrolled angina, congestive heart failure, fixed rate pacemaker, resting blood pressure > 185/100, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and electrolyte abnormalities.

Additional contraindications to competition shall include vertigo, chronic obstructive lung disease, significant emotional distress (psychosis), and advanced musculoskeletal disorders.

4.  Students requiring corrective eye wear shall wear soft contact lenses.

Corrective ear wear must be made specifically for sports competition.

Non-athletic glasses of any type will not be permitted during sparing.

5.  Deaf and/or mute grapplers shall make their condition known to their partner prior to sparring.

6.  Female students in addition to the above statutes are restricted from sparing if they suffer from any of the following cases:

Confirmed or suspected pregnancy

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Symptomatic endometriosis

Abnormal vaginal bleeding

Recent secondary amenorrhea of undetermined cause

Recent breast bleeding;

Recently discovered breast masses

Recent breast dysfunctions previously not present. 

7.  Banned substances. The Head Instructor has the right to test any and all staff or students for the use of illegal substances as described by the United States Federal Government.

The Head Instructor holds the right to remove a student if he or she tests positive to any and all illegal substances as described by the United States Federal Government.

8.  Injuries: In class injuries shall be reported to the head or assistant instructor.

Basic first aid shall be use for strains and sprains: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, and Anti-Inflammatory drugs

All cut or scrapes shall be cleaned properly dressed.

All serious injuries shall be addressed by a medical doctor.

Emergency type injuries will be handled based on the individual facility’s protocol.


  • Learn from your mistakes.
  • Drill, Drill, Drill.....Do it Live.
  • A black belt is a white belt that never stopped training.