- A Team Norton school cannot be established within a 7 km distance of another Team Norton school. This rule does not apply to pre-existing schools within that distance or if the established school agrees with another school to less than the 7 km distance.
- All Team Norton instructors and students should wear a Team Norton GI or at a minimum, wear a GI with Team Norton patches.
- Competitors representing Team Norton are to wear Team Norton GIs or GIs patched up Team Norton.
- Instructors do not have the authority to design, create Team Norton merchandise which includes GIs, hoodies, T-shirts, gym bags etc unless permission has been obtained from Professor Norton.
- Affiliates are permitted to use the Team Norton Logo as long as membership fees are up to date and only in the following manner:
* as an interior display and/or as an outside sign at affiliate place of business.
* an affiliate business stationary and business cards.
* on affiliate promotional, advertising and marketing material.
- Affiliates are required to host a minimum of 2 seminars per year, conducted by Professor Richard Norton.
- Team Norton BJJ is registered with the Australian Federation Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (AFBJJF) and the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. Persons wishing to compete do so under Team Norton BJJ.
TRAINING HALL/GYM/DOJO ETIQUETTE
- Students must bow whilst entering & leaving the training area/mat.
- All students, Coaches and Professors are to line up and bow in at the start and end of every training session, senior grades starting from the left of the instructor facing them.
- All Students, Coaches and Professors are to ensure that GIs are clean and personal hygiene is in order before the start of every training session.
- All BJJ instructors should be addressed by their respective and earned titles, whether as Coach, Professor or Master, at all times on the mat, as well as at all BJJ events and seminars and on social media.
- All Black Belt instructors are to be referred to as ‘Professor’. If the Instructor is not a Black Belt, then they are to be addressed as ‘Coach’ at all times especially in the dojo and events.
- At all times, Junior Ranks may not ask a senior Rank wrestler/roll. This is a long standing principle of etiquette in the Martial Arts.
PROMOTION TIME FRAMES
As a general rule a tab on each belt is a minimum of 6 months training based on two instructional lessons a week. Minimum time from White to Blue is 2.5 years.
As a general rule a tab on each belt is a minimum of 6 months training based on two instructional lessons a week. Generally it takes a minimum of 3 years training for each coloured belt based on two instructional lessons a week. This may take longer for people who are not as consistent or who may have not reached the standard.
Time frames are to ensure students reach maturity into the art and do not mean automatic promotion. However, earlier promotion may be considered based on the following criteria:
- Tournament participation
- Seminar attendance
- Consistent training and attending more than the average student (eg consistently attending 3 lessons per week)
- Outstanding performance
- Natural attributes
- Previous relevant experience (Judo, Wrestling etc)
Blue Belt promotions may be awarded by a Brown Belt Instructor on behalf of Professor Norton.
Note: Professor Norton wishes to reiterate, that in relation to the awarding of belts, a student’s Integrity, behavior and character, on and off the mat, are an important consideration when deciding rank and can sometimes trump such issues as a student’s natural athletic ability and minimum time requirements met. The Professor also understands that there will be exceptions to this minimum time frame rule and is always open to discussion with Team Norton Instructors when deciding on the awarding of Rank to exceptional students and their particular circumstances, based on individual merit.
GUIDELINES REGARDING LEG ATTACKS
This is a guide only but instructors have the option to follow the rules & regulations set out by the IBJJF for competition.
WHITE BELT: No Lower Body Submissions of any kind permitted
The white belt should be focused on developing sound fundamental skills. As a result, they are not allowed to attack the feet/legs. In addition they are safe from those attacks as all students are forbidden from executing lower body submissions on white belts.
BLUE BELT: Straight Foot Lock only permitted
Once a student reaches the Blue Belt level, they are now allowed to attack the straight ankle lock. It is important to point out that when attacking the foot they MUST FALL TO THE SAME SIDE OF THE FOOT THAT THEY ARE HOLDING. To fall to the opposite side can compromise the stability of the knee if a scramble ensues.
PURPLE BELT: Knee Bar and Toe Holds permitted
At the Purple Belt level, the student is now permitted to execute knee bars and toe holds. It is important to point out that the IBJJF allows Purple Belts to execute TOE HOLDS ONLY.
BROWN/BLACK BELT: All Lower Body Submissions permitted except Heel Hooks.
Heel hooks are taught, but are not allowed at any level. Anything twisting against the knee is extremely dangerous and can take a student out of action for a long time. As a result Professor Norton does not allow heel hooks of any kind at any level. The only leg lock that is permitted at all levels is the foot lock that can occur if an opponent crosses their feet from back control. Other than that everything else falls under the guidelines mentioned above.
REGISTRATION & COMPETITION UNDER TEAM NORTON BJJ
Team Norton BJJ is registered with the Australian Federation Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (AFBJJF) and the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. Persons wishing to compete do so under Team Norton BJJ.