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The New Guy

Coming into a new training environment, you may not be up to scratch with the general rules and etiquette that we have. Please take the time to make yourself familiar with how 10th Planet Melbourne takes care of business to give you the best opportunity to thrive in an assertive environment
We have a particular way we do things inside the Dojo to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

You are reading this for two reasons:
1. You are fresh and have just joined 10th Planet
2. You have been directed here for a kind reminder on the etiquette that Frank Barca and his students take seriously.

Please take the time to read this – especially if you are new or considering joining.

Dojo Etiquette

This is single handily the most important thing that you we will need to take on board. We don’t care what you did or what was acceptable in a previous gym/training environment; but once you walk through the front gate you abide by the Dojo rules. They keep us all safe and happy, so let’s go through them!

1. Leave your ego at the door

This is the biggest problem we face. You’re new and want to see how well you go against the hard hitters? That kind of thinking will not go down well in your favor.
We are all here to train, we all have jobs, families and lives outside the dojo. If you feel the need to prove yourself and push too hard on someone half your size, or hold off a little bit longer before tapping, no one is amazed. You only make yourself look silly.

Once you step on the Dojo mat, you need to take into consideration everyone's health, including your own. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

2. Respect the elders in the room

Those of higher rank understand that you are new and will show compassion as long as you show respect. They will be the ones who will take care of you and help you out when needed.

No talking when instructions are given, it’s just plain rude when you are talking while instructions are given. Your conversation can wait until later as you're not only wasting your own time, but the time of those around you.

Inform Frank BEFORE class commences if you need to leave early, we understand if you have other commitments and need to leave early but always inform the instructor BEFORE class begins.

3. Show compassion to those below you

You won’t always be ‘the new guy’ in the room. There will come a day when ‘the new guys’ come to you. When someone comes to you with a question and you don’t know the answer, always direct them to a higher ranked belt.

4. Maintain proper hygiene
  • Please shower before training
  • Make sure your nails are cut back to prevent scratching others during training
  • Use deodorant or antiperspirant
  • Make sure any wounds are properly covered or strapped
  • Don’t wear dirty gear to training (Soak your training gear overnight and wash in the morning)
  • Ladies – no make up
5. Help take care of the Dojo

Mats aren’t cheap! There are a few guidelines for clothing below which will ensure the mats stay in as perfect condition as possible

  • No shoes on the mat
  • No zippers or hard buttons
  • No food on the mat
  • Contribute to the cleaning of the dojo after training

After class we all contribute to keeping the dojo clean. Lower ranks should assume positions that have not already been filled.
We sweep down the mat with brooms before mopping with antibacterial soap to make sure no one gets any.
No one leaves until the mats are clean unless prior arrangements have been made!

If you have ring worm, an open wound, tinea (athlete’s foot) or injury please inform Frank prior to stepping on the mats.

6. What are we about?

Here at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Melbourne we are all about promoting the 10th planet system ensuring the most technical details have been emphasized and skills developed for use in a real life or competitive environment. The 10th planet system is based on Brazilian jiu-jitsu for mixed martial arts developed by Eddie Bravo who has proved its efficacy by defeating Royler Gracie in the 2003 Abu Dhabi quarter finals, and reaffirming his dominance once again in 2014 at Metamoris 3 where Eddie put on a stellar performance cementing our place in the no-gi world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Since its development, numerous MMA fighters have embraced the system to provide them with a competitive edge in professional fights.

When you first join, you are able to participate in any class except for the Advanced 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu classes.
In the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu classes we will go through 33 basic warm up drills that lay the foundations of the 10th planet system.

These include:

Series A: Granbys
A1 - Granby Roll (Knees to Knees)
A2 - Granby Roll (Inverted)
A3 - Granby Roll (Side Control)
A4 - Rear Granby
A5 - Shoot, Sprawl, Peek out

Series B: Hail Mary
B1 - Straight ankle lock from open guard
B2 - Rolling Kimura from Open Guard to the Back to RNC with BJ Hook to Rewind to Safe Haven Escape
B3 - Open guard - Marcelotine from the sprawl
B4 - Z Stuff to Inside Toe Hold to Rolling Toe Hold to Rolling Toe Hold Defence

Series C: Pressure Passes
C1 - Kneeling M1 from Z guard to knee on belly to judo side to shrimp
C2 - Fly over from butterfly to judo side to twister side to the Heisman
C3 - Flip over from butterfly to north south to B smith
C4 - Chest pass to knee on belly to spinning arm bar to Corkscrew Escape

Series D: Standing Passes
D1 - Double Leg Drag to Flying Side Control
D2 - Standing over Butterflies (bottom man flat on back) to M1 to 2 belly skips (bottom man Granby escape)
D3 - (Bottom man sitting up) Heel Toss to Leg Drag to Knee on Belly to 2 belly skips (bottom man to 1/4 Guard)
D4 - (Bottom man sitting up) Heel Toss to Standing under Pass (bottom man goes to turtle) to leg ride clinch to the Truck to Calf Crank")

Series E: ¼ Guard
E1 - 1/4 Clinch (top guy hands not on mat) Mini Stomp, Push, Pull, Lockdown
E2 - Full Guard to Knee Slice, to 1/4 Guard Shell to Capoeira to 3/4 Mount to 1/4 force to 1/4 Shell to 1/4 Whip (top man Wizzer) to Perfect Double Unders to Boa Sweep
E3 - Full Guard to Knee Slice to 1/4 Guard Shell to Capoeira to 3/4 Mount to 1/4 force to 1/4 Shell to 1/4 Whip (top man Wizzer) to Perfect Double Unders to Dogfight to Full Guard with Double Unders
E4 - Lockdown (Head & Arm) to Whipper Cut to Electric Sweep to Cradle Control, to Crush Control to Can Crusher

Series F: Butterfly Guard
F1 - Superstomp to Cocoon to JJ Sweep to 3/4 Mount to Mount to Hip Bump Mount Escape to Butterfly Guard with Double Unders to Full Guard with Double Unders
F2 - Superstomp to Cocoon to Failed JJ Sweep to JJ 2 to 3/4 Mount to Mount to JJ Mount Escape
F3 - Top man raises knee to 2 on 1 on opposite arm to 2 On 1 Sweep to 3/4 Mount to Mount to Hip Bump Mount Escape to Butterfly Guard with Double Unders to Full Guard with Double Unders
F4 - 2 on 1 to top guy raising same side knee to Clubbing Butterfly Sweep to 3/4 Mount to Mount to JJ Mount Escape

Series G: Top Half Passes
G1 - No Hand Pass to Regular Side Control to Knee Slide Mount to Upah Escape
G2 - Dominator Pass to Judo Side to Brennan Mount to Failed Upah to Hail Mary Mount Escape to The Crippler with Knee Knot
G3 - Z Guard to Toe Hold attempt to Top Half to Twister Pass to Twister Side to Tip Toe Mount to Alcatraz
G4 - Buttock Compressor to Leg Drag Position to Dope Mount to Mount (bottom man Mummy to Beat the Feet to The Foreman to Reverse Alcatraz to Butterfly with Double Unders to Full Guard)

Series H: Open Guards
H1 - Spiral Clinch (rotate standing and rear knee on ground) to Spiral Axe Kick Sweep
H2 - Failed Cocoon to X Guard Back Sweep (rotate Failed Cocoon to Double Back Sweep)
H3 - Deep Half Sling Shot Sweep from Open Guard to Leg Drag to Outside Knee on Belly to Toe Hold (bottom man Toe Hold Escape) to Wheel Kick Mount (bottom man JJ Mount Escape)
H4 - Kiss of the Dragon Sweep from the Spiral Clinch to Berimbolo to the Back or Side

Once you can effectively demonstrate all these move, you will be allowed to join the more senior students in ‘rolling’ (active rounds where you practice what you have learnt under pressure or what we commonly refer to as “sparring”)

Once you demonstrate competency in the 10th Planet JJ system you will be invited to attend advanced classes on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm and Thursday nights from 7:30-8:30pm.
For your personal game plan, you are more than welcome to record any demonstrated move, as long as it is for your own use. Do not distribute any content to your friends, family or the web.

Next, create an account at and subscribe to a pro account. It’s currently $5.50 AUD per month which will give you unlimited access to the most recent techniques and updates in the Mastering the system (MTS) series.

Make sure you are taking notes on everything you learn or are unsure of as soon as possible. Get a technique sheet for the next belt up to see what you need to have down.

If you have a question about anything, don’t hesitate to ask Frank or one of the higher ranks (blue or above)

Follow the Nibiru forms to connect and collaborate with other members of the 10th planet community

Finally, like the Facebook page 10th planet Jiu Jitsu Melbourne

Add Frank as a friend

And Robert Marino

Rob will post the techniques of the night daily on his page and Frank will post competition, class, and merchandise information on either his own page or the 10th planet page.

8. Social media

You may not post any material acquired at training unless authorized to do so by our Principle teacher, Frank Barca.
When posting on social media in regards to training, no whinging about the school unless it’s about how hard you trained.
No bagging out other members of the school either.

If you see any material or posts that break the rules please inform one of the higher ranks and Frank.

9. Representing the school

When competing you automatically represent the school that you train at. Make sure you are wearing a 10th planet rash guard that complies with competition regulations and a patch on your shorts (black shorts only, rash guards must have at least 10% of your rank colour and the rest either black or white except on the logo.)

Do NOT under any circumstances undermine another school or competitor.
When attending events, your actions will reflect our school so don’t screw up.

10. First Aid Kit

Make sure you pack your own first aid kit for your own personal use.
Your kit should contain:

  • Band aids
  • Bandages
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Vaseline
11. Rash guards & Ranks

In the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu system, the colour of the rash guard represents the rank of the fighter. The table below shows the different ranks in the 10th Planet system. If you are from another jiu-jitsu system, you are allowed to wear your rank colour. If you are from another fighting style, you must wear a white rash guard as you are a beginner in our system. Other rash guards that do not represent rank are allowed to be worn during class but you must wear a 10th planet rash guard during seminars and competitions.

Good Luck and Welcome!!