Code of Ethics

LX Jiu-Jitsu is a proud ambassador for Master Rickson Gracie’s Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation. Accordingly, we adhere to the JJGF’s Code of Ethics (www.jjgf.com) and require the same of our students.

To better serve the interest of the members of the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation (JJGF), a code of ethics has been adopted. The code of ethics is a guideline for members to apply in respect to their participation in the art of Jiu-Jitsu.

The code of ethics is set forth so that all members understand that federation members are expected to conduct themselves in a fashion that brings credit to the Art of Jiu-Jitsu and our organization.

As a member of the JJGF, I will:

  1. Take every precaution to ensure the safety of fellow practitioners or competitors.
  2. Conduct oneself in a positive manner, and never engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct.
  3. Never attempt to improperly influence any person involved in judging or scoring a competition. I will never try to intimidate or embarrass an official or practitioner in anyway.
  4. I will treat my fellow academy members, other competitors, coaches and officials with respect.
  5. I will never use the skills I develop in Jiu-Jitsu in ways that would diminish the art, sport and Federation. Professors and Black Belt officials have even greater responsibilities.
As a Black Belt member of the Federation I will:

  1. Never discriminate in any way. Race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or mental/physical disability will not be factors in my instruction/officiating decisions.
  2. Never provide alcohol to minors, condone the use of alcohol by minors, or abuse alcohol in the presence of Federation members.
  3. Never engage in sexual relations with a minor; I will never use my position of authority to sexually harass a student who is a member of my academy or organization.
  4. I will strive to stay current in my study of Jiu-Jitsu by attending clinics, seminars and other special events.
  5. I will only promote or recommend for advancement in the art of Jiu-Jitsu students who have successfully completed promotion requirements. At any time that I may become involved in any situation that could cause embarrassment or harm to this organization or the art of Jiu Jitsu, I agree to voluntarily remove myself from such activities until the situation resolved.

Disciplinary Process:

Upon discovery of potential competitor or instructor misconduct. The JJGF will direct an investigation, which may include interviews and information gathering from medical experts, law enforcement officers, and other relevant professionals. As appropriate, the affected competitor or instructor or his/her designee will also have the opportunity to provide information on the conduct at issue. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the JJGF will have full authority to impose disciplinary measures on the competitor or instructor as warranted in its sole discretion.

Discipline may take the form of fines, suspension, and cessation of service and may include conditions to be to be satisfied prior to the resolution of the incident. Determination of the appropriate discipline for the incident will be based on the nature of the misconduct and other relevant factors.

Immediate disciplinary measures may be imposed, provided that following a full investigation of the incident. The JJGF may review the measures and make appropriate adjustments. Unless the incident involves significant harm, a first offense will generally not result in immediate disciplinary measure until an investigation has been completed.

Previous violations of this JJGF policy may be taken into consideration in making disciplinary determinations and may result in immediate disciplinary action. Misconduct occurring prior to a competitor’s or instructor’s provision of affiliation with the JJGF may also be considered.
While criminal activity by an affiliated JJGF competitor or instructor is clearly detrimental to the reputation of the Federation and therefore subjects the competitor or instructor to discipline, other conduct can also result in disciplinary action.

Discipline may be imposed for misconduct, which included without limitation, the following examples:

  • Criminal offenses including, but not limited to, those involving: the use or threat of violence; domestic violence and other forms of partner abuse; theft and other property crimes; sex offenses; obstruction or resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; fraud; racketeering; and money laundering;
  • Criminal offenses relating to performance-enhancing and prohibited substances, or substance abuse.
  • Unlawful possession of a gun or other weapons.
  • Conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety or well being of another person.
  • Violent, threatening or harassing behavior.
  • Derogatory or offensive conduct, including without limitation, insulting language, symbols, or actions about a person’s ethnic background, heritage, color, race, national origin, age, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
  • Inappropriate physical, verbal and online behavior (such as inappropriate statements made via e-mail, text messaging or social networks).
  • Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the Federation or Promotion of a JJGF event, including without limitation, failure to deliver, engage in or otherwise execute any and all promotional responsibilities.
  • Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the JJGF