Deportment and Tradition:
General Deportment and rules: All members, family members, and visitors shall conduct themselves appropriately while on school property or while representing the school in any manner. Appropriate respect is expected and shall be displayed towards students, and instructors. Inappropriate, abusive, or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. No member shall utilize abusive language or display behavior with the intention of causing discomfort, harm, mental, or physical distress. No member shall deliberately engage in any activity that could bring disrepute to the school. Any intentional breech of conduct may result in rank demotion or removal from school membership.
Visitor Specific Conduct:
Visitors and Family members watching classes at Omaha Blue Waves shall be respectful of classes that are going on and should avoid creating unnecessary noise. No non-participating member, family member, or visitor should enter the workout floor while a class is in progress without instructor permission. Parents (or designated responsible adults) should be present at least 5 minutes prior to the end of a scheduled class to pick up minor students. Please keep noise distraction to a minimum during classes. (i.e. talking, cellphones, games)
Martial Arts Floor Decorum:
Martial Arts Students entering or leaving the floor shall honor the tenets at all times, observe the student oath, and follow appropriate class etiquette:
- Uniforms shall be clean and pressed for class.
- Students belts shall be tied correctly.
- Students shall bow on and off the floor.
- Students shall show appropriate respect to seniors and instructors by bowing and turning away where appropriate.
- Students shall remain attentive during class and avoid disruptive behavior.
- Students shall wait to be recognized before speaking during a class.
- Students are responsible for learning appropriate theories, histories, and customs.
- Students shall follow the instructions of instructors and seniors as it relates to participation in a class or training event.
Uniforms, Gym Apparel, Safety Protocols, and Safety Equipment:
Martial Arts Uniforms: All uniforms worn at Omaha Blue Waves must meet minimum criteria for the art being taught. Uniforms should be clean and have all required patches affixed. Embroidery must be pre-approved by the senior staff. No member shall wear jewelry while on the floor and in uniform.
Gym Apparel: Gym apparel shall be appropriate for viewing by all ages and meet the necessary criteria for the class being taught. Members should not wear apparel that promotes other fitness businesses.
- Appropriate safety equipment and uniforms shall always be worn during class or at school sponsored events.
- No student shall knowingly allow harm to come to another member in class when it is in their power to prevent it.
- Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Students should report unsafe facility conditions or unsafe behaviors to instructors immediately.
- Be aware of your surroundings and your positional relationship to other students while training.
- Students should not engage in any potentially unsafe training unless under the direct supervision of an instructor.
All safety (sparring or otherwise) should be inspected by the staff prior to use. Damaged sparring equipment should be removed from service once any tear becomes noticeable to avoid injury to other members. All members are required to utilize foam dipped sparring gear, mouth pieces, and groin cups (males) when sparring. No member shall bring a live or sharpened weapon into the school without senior staff approval.
Classes, Open Gym, Non-Sanctioned Training, and Private Instruction:
Members may not attend any class for which they are not scheduled. All members shall listen to the directions of the staff while in class. Violations or refusal to listen to the staff during a class creates unnecessary risk and can result in disciplinary action including rank demotion or removal from the school.
Open Gym is an unsupervised opportunity to utilize the Omaha Blue Waves facilities to practice martial arts at the member’s own risk. No member shall engage in horseplay or unsafe activity during this time. An adult holding the rank of 1st degree black belt or above must monitor any light contact sparring activity conducted during open gym. Continuous and heavy contact sparring is prohibited. No tumbling in open gym except under the instructor of a qualified instructor. No children under the age of 13 may be left at open gym without a parent or designated adult supervision.
Any training done off site, unless specifically approved of by the owners, is not considered sanctioned training and is conducted at the individuals own risk. No Omaha Blue Waves Instructor shall engage in any off book training and represent the activity as being sanctioned by Omaha Blue Waves. No member should enter into a training contract with an Omaha Blue Waves Instructor outside of normal channels or risk entering into an unsanctioned or protected contract. All private instruction sanctioned by Omaha Blue Waves is booked through the main school and an official receipt is issued by the company for said training. Omaha Blue Waves will not accept any responsibility for any unsanctioned activities.
A member is any person currently registered as a martial arts or fitness student at Omaha Blue Waves.
A student instructor is an advanced rank (martial arts) gup student who is going through instructional training with the goal of achieving their black belt. Student instructors are expected to mentor less advanced members during classes while focusing on individual technique development.
An assistant instructor is a low ranking black belt who is going through training to become an instructor. Assistant instructors are scheduled to participate in classes one time per week to develop instructional skills. This is part of the educational requirements of 1st and 2nd degree black belts. There is no charge to the student for the opportunity to hone their teaching skills at the direction of a certified instructor. Upon completion of this ‘internship’ successful applicants can achieve instructor status.
A certified martial arts instructor is an individual that holds the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt or above who has completed the requisite training to regularly teach martial arts. He or she must hold a USKF Instructor License or approved equivalent. Instructors may be paid or volunteer. Paid instructors are hired by Omaha Blue Waves and are assigned a work schedule by the Senior Staff. Volunteer instructors set their own schedules and work on a drop in basis as approved by the staff. They are individuals who continue to teach to maintain perishable skills and teaching credentials, rather than as a vocation or avocation.
A certified fitness instructor holds credentials from a nationally recognized organization such as NASM or ISSA.
Instructors who are employed by or contracted through Omaha Blue Waves are responsible for the safe instruction of the students in their charge.
A person employed or contracted by Omaha Blue Waves.
A person employed by Omaha Blue Waves empowered to make supervisory or management decisions for the school.
Any person who volunteers their times and talents on behalf of the school without compensation. This may take the form of special event planning (parties, picnics, etc.) or volunteering at school sponsored activities (scavenger hunts, tournaments, etc.) or any other activity for which the volunteer is passionate.
Any person who visits Omaha Blue Waves, regardless of affiliation or relationship to a member.