N o g i  m m a

"To be a lion you must train with lions!"
-Carlson Gracie


Dojo Kun

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Dojos tend to teach in a more relaxed and less rigid atmosphere than traditional martial arts. Nonetheless, in order to maintain a positive environment that is both conducive to learning and welcoming to potential students, we require our students, parents of students in the kids’ classes, and staff to adhere to the following Dojo Etiquette guidelines.


Always show respect to your instructors, training partners, and fellow human beings. Respect in training means: do not seek to harm fellow students physically (e.g., by cranking a submission harder than necessary to make them tap) or emotionally (i.e., by calling them names or making jokes about hurting them). Respect also means that you must train seriously and hard enough for you and your partner to improve his or her skills, conditioning, and fighting spirit. Not giving your best during training detracts from both you and your partner’s experience.

Maintain good hygiene (i.e., shower and brush your teeth regularly). As you can imagine, it is difficult to concentrate on technique when you find your partner’s smells distracting!

Social Etiquette

3) Keep finger and toe nails short and clean to prevent injury to yourself and others

4) Bring a clean, dry gi to each class. Also, always keep a rash guard or T-shirt in your gym bag for no-gi classes

5) Keep shoes off the mat, so that we can keep the mats clean and sanitary

6) Do not walk outside with bare feet. If you have to go outside, wear sandals or shoes. Items (5) and (6) are    especially important to prevent the spread of skin conditions such as ringworm

7) Do not shout loudly or use sexually explicit language in the dojo. This should go without saying

8) Do not talk while the instructor is talking. It distracts those who are trying to learn and is disrespectful to the teacher, as well as other students

9) Stand, sit with your legs crossed, or kneel during class. No lounging. Studies show that people learn more effectively when seated in upright postures

10) Please wear your gi, a T-shirt, or a tank top while in public areas of the Dojo. No bare backs unless designated

11) Do not leave the mat during class without the instructor’s permission

12) Keep cell phones on silent during class. Again, they distract those who are trying to learn

13) If the instructor has not changed the task, then continue doing the task he or she has given (i.e., don’t sit around talking because you feel you have done a technique enough times). You can NEVER do a technique too many times!

14) Fraternization or sexual misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated.

15) No noises! Jiu-Jitsu is rough on everyone. Emotional responses and yelping demonstrate a lack mental toughness and femininity froned upon in warrior circles. 


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu testing is unlike any other Martial Arts System on the planet in that the practitioner must not only demonstrate specified Jiu-Jitsu technique but  the ability to apply those techniques within live scenarios, utilizing smooth technical flow between transitions and positions.

Testing consideration comes between the third and fourth stripe fazes of training within the colored belt syllabus. Any student who demonstrates warrior ethos, fighting spirit, long suffering, proper technique, good martial attitude and the above noted with consistency, humility and poise should expect to receive a stripe once every 3-5 months depending on frequency of training.

It is important to understand however that many BJJ practitioners are not strict competitors- Many of whom only train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for combat applications, street readiness, Martial discipline and or self defense; Therefore, evaluation for non-competition team students will be based on the Fight Sports Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Curriculum and the above noted only.

Competition team students, fighters, coaches and BJJ  Professors however will be rigorously evaluated to the strictest and highest standard of the Fight Sports Jiu-Jitsu belt syllabus ensuring victory in the cage or in competition is the highest priority!

Additionally, weather student or competitor, promotion criteria at NOGI MMA is strictly based on the individuals

1) Good standing with the academy as outlined by the 7 virtues of BUSHIDO.

2) Support of corresponding events, tournaments and team functions

3) Demonstration of martial technique via testing or competition

4) Warrior spirit amidst combat

After consideration for belt testing, applicable students will be evaluated directly by Professor Garcia or Master Todd Cutler in Fight Sports Daytona. It is important to note that consideration alone does not guarantee promotion. If any student is unable to execute proper technique with respect to his/her level, then that student will not be promoted to the next rank and will be given a probationary period to prepare themselves for a second exam! Remember that Jiu-Jitsu is a journey not a destination! Keep training, work hard and persevere.


We offer a challenging and disciplined training environment with Real-world training applications of mixed martial arts from the street to the cage!