Terms & Conditions
Protocols & Code of Conduct – (Rules & Regulations, Protocols)
6 Basic Rules
A student may be disqualified temporarily or for life for any of the following :
- Committing a criminal offence
- Failing to obey an order
- Going against the Creed
- Entering dojo intoxicated
- Speaking back to an instructor
Multi Art Defence Systems (“MADS”) has as its key objectives:
- Providing instruction in a safe environment in the martial art/self defence of MAD Systems.
- Developing the mental and physical tools for improving personal safety and security.
- Promotion of good health and vitality.
- Development of positive self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Development of a person as a positive role model in the community.
- Creating expertise in confrontation management.
- Pro-active crime prevention through increased awareness and positive attitudes.
- Developing healthy community attitudes and values. All persons participating in a class or course conducted by MADS must agree to be bound by this Code of Conduct. MADS reserves the right to make amendments or additions to this Code of Conduct at any time.
- MAD Systems is a contact martial art, meaning it involves physical contact with one or more other practitioners in ways designed to simulate as closely as possible the self-defence options available to a practitioner when confronted with physical aggression and/or threatening behaviour.
- As in any other physically demanding recreational activity, there is always a risk of injury.
- Any person participating in a class conducted by MADS does so with the full understanding that whilst it is the policy of MADS to minimise this risk, the nature of contact physical activity prevents its total elimination.
- Persons participating in a class conducted by MADS do so of their own volition and at their own risk and must have signed the waiver form.
- Please understand that while we strive to build community our instructors will not accept friend requests on any social media by students, this is to avoid any problematic situations that may arise.
1. MAD Systems respect the rights of first peoples and their protocols of country and will follow all advice from Traditional Owners and Elders while providing training on country IE sorry business. We would also like to request the right to take photos or video during the training for marketing purposes, all photos will be de- identified on request.
- Persons must not wear jewellery or watches during training.
- All persons participating in training agree to maintain self-control at all times and maintain all care in the application of any technique.
- Any person who, in training, exhibits behaviour that, in the judgement of the Instructor, is a danger to other participants, shall not be allowed to continue training until the Instructor determines the danger is no longer present.
- Any injury must be reported to the instructor in charge with all details of incident documented.
Training Area Etiquette
- Persons will bow in the appropriate manner upon entering and leaving the Training Area.
- Shoes must be taken off before entering the training area unless the shoes are special martial arts footwear approved by the Instructor (see “Clothing” below).
- Persons must be punctual, preferably early, so that they are ready to train when class commences. If arriving late, a person must wait at the side of the Training Area until the Instructor indicates that a person may join the class.
- No Student will provoke violence outside the dojo or allow himself to be provoked into violence, under pain of expulsion from the MADS for life.
- Students will maintain a serious attitude at all times. No profanity or loud talking is permitted in the dojo.
- Persons must not chew gum whilst training.
- Food and/or drink (including water) must not be consumed whilst on the training area.
- Mobile phones must be turned off during training. Mobile phones inadvertently left on during training may not be answered. Any person who is “on-call” for work may seek approval from the instructor prior to the commencement of class to leave his or her mobile phone on.
Uniforms & Training Gear
- All Persons must wear the following approved clothing during all training sessions:
- Pants: Plain Black Martial art training pants, and approved kickboxing/mma/Crossfit shorts.
- Tops: Plain Black tops with MAD Systems logo on back.
- Shoes: Only training footwear which has been approved by the instructor.
- Belts/sashes: Graded students must wear their belts/sashes.
- All clothing must be free of all logos or markings unless the logo is that of MADS.
- Persons inappropriately attired will not be allowed to train.
- In addition to the general uniform requirements, persons must bring a towel and filled water bottle to each training session.
- Persons participating in sparring activity must purchase and wear an approved mouth guard and bring this mouth guard to every training session.
- As boxing drills are a regular conditioning activity, persons are encouraged to purchase their own set of boxing mitts of an approved 14oz or 16oz size.
- In addition to their personal mouth guards, persons participating in sparring must wear full protective clothing, ie their own or as supplied by MADS, comprising body guards, head guards, shin guards, groin guards and 14oz or 16oz boxing mitts.
- Sparring is to be of the non contact to touch contact kind during training sessions, all sparring is to be supervised by one senior ranked student at all times. (The ratio is 1 supervisor to 2 students sparring)
Sickness or Injury
- Persons must not train if they are suffering from the flu or other viral infection that may be passed on to other persons.
- Persons must advise the Instructor if suffering from any injury or medical condition, either permanent or temporary, which may be adversely affected by certain types of training. Some examples of this may include blood pressure problems and cardiac disorders, neck and back injuries, diabetes and asthma.
- If requested by the Instructor, persons with the above or like conditions must show this Code of Conduct to their physician and secure a medical certificate clearly stating that the person is able to participate in classes conducted by MAD Systems and whether there are any restrictions or conditions applicable.
Other Health Issues
- Persons must not attend training under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Smoking is not allowed in the Training Area.
- Persons training must give proper attention to personal hygiene and exhibit clean grooming; and ensure that fingernails and toenails are trimmed and clean..
- Persons with a cut or bleeding injury must cease training immediately and receive appropriate first aid. Rejoining the training session will not be allowed until the instructor has deemed that is safe to do so.
- Persons administering first aid to a person suffering a cut or bleeding injury must wear protective gloves.
Training Area Ethics
- Persons must always be courteous and helpful to each other.
- Physical contact between persons who are training must be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the skill development of those persons.
- Sexual harassment, defined as being where a person is subjected to unwanted or uninvited sexual behaviour, will not be tolerated.
- Any form of discrimination based on sex, ethnic origin, language, colour, or other form of differentiation will not be tolerated.
- Only persons black belt above are addressed as Guro, unless they are awarded a special teaching title. ie Tagapagsanay etc
- Persons awarded teaching titles must be addressed by their title in and out of the dojo at all times. Their title then their name eg Tagapagsanay John.
- All grievances must be spoken about behind closed doors not voiced openly, or to lower ranked students, and preferably in writing.
Training Session Restrictions
- Training sessions with MADS are structured as either Conditioning Training Sessions or Technical Training Sessions with a 1-hour class usually comprising a Conditioning Training Session of 15 minutes followed by a Technical Training Session of 45 minutes.
- Only persons authorised by the Instructor are allowed to participate in any physical contact drills as required for gradings.
- Persons who commence training with MADS for the first time may take part in regular soft drill work, but no hard partner contact drill training for a period of 9 months or their first full grade, which ever comes first.