The Australian Ju-Jitsu Association Inc. (hereinafter referred to as AJJA Inc.) recognises and accepts its obligation to take all action where practicable to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of its members, visitors and instructors. All Club Black Belts have a duty of care and legal obligation to ensure that nothing is done to make ineffective any training actions carried out for safety and health purposes.

All Black Belts, Instructors and members are required to observe and work within the following policy:

  • Black Belts and instructors are responsible at all times to ensure that all persons under their control train in a safe manner and in a safe environment. All members shall be involved in a positive program of action to minimise risk.
  • Training equipment is to be maintained and used in a safe manner and Dojo operations monitored to identify potential hazards and prevent accidents.
  • In the event of an accident occurring, it must be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the Sensei in charge of the mat area, who will take or recommend appropriate action to avoid any recurrence.
  • Effective health and rehabilitation services are to be made available.
  • All members must receive appropriate and adequate training to enable them to carry out their training safely and efficiently.
  • All operations/clubs must comply with all applicable State and Commonwealth Government occupational health, safety, risk and welfare legislation.
  • Commitment and involvement in this program by all members is required.
  • Co-operation between Black Belts, Instructors and Members is essential in helping to create and maintain a healthy, risk free, safe working environment for members and the public who enter the Dojo. All persons must assist the O.H.S. committee and National Committee by immediately advising of any dangerous conditions that may cause an injury to anyone within the Dojo.
  • The O.H.S. committee and National Committee advise all Sensei/Clubs they are responsible for maintaining a safe working and training environment.
  • Each member is required to train in a safe and responsible manner towards fellow members. For your protection you are required to report all accidents and ‘near hits’ as soon as possible to the Sensei in charge of the mat.
  • Remember accidents do not happen, an unsafe act or conditions cause them, and can be avoided or at least limited, by taking proper precautions and using a common sense approach to your duties safety is EVERYONE’s responsibility.

Specific Responsibilities

Senseis, Instructors and Members are responsible at all times to ensure that all persons under their control train in a safe manner and in a safe environment.

Sensei:

The Sensei will be held accountable for taking all practical measures to ensure:

  • That this policy is effectively implemented in their area of control within the Dojo or any external venue and/or seminar.
  • That they are to support their subordinate Instructors and hold them accountable for their specific responsibilities.
  • That they will be held accountable to ensure they take prompt remedial action to eliminate any unsafe or unhealthy conditions or behaviour.
  • Sensei is required to ensure that all equipment is in a safe working order and all aspects of the training hall (Dojo) is a safe environment.
Instructors:

Will be held accountable for taking all practical measures to ensure:

  • That the area in the Dojo or any external venue and/or seminar under their control is safe and without risk to health.
  • That the behaviour of all persons (non participating) including members is safe and without risk to health.
  • That they will be held accountable to detect and correct any unsafe or unhealthy conditions or adverse behaviour including the safe state of the training mats and any other equipment used in the session.
  • They will be held accountable for promptly reporting all unsafe, unhealthy conditions or behaviour, if they are unable to correct the condition themselves.
Members:
  • All members are required to cooperate with the Occupational Health & Safety policy and supporting programs to ensure their own health and safety and the safety of others is promoted.
  • All members shall be involved in a positive program of action to perform risk management in the Dojo or external venue and/or seminar.
  • All members shall be involved in the risk management program to not only minimise risk but where possible eliminate it.
  • Each AJJA Inc.member is required to act in a safe and responsible manner towards fellow members and other persons. For your protection you are required to report all accidents and ‘near hits’ as soon as possible to your Sensei/Instructor.

Sexual Harassment

  • The very nature of Ju-Jitsu requires training at very close quarters, often inside one’s personal-space range. Instructors and students must be cognisant of the fact that some people may feel uncomfortable with this. Before every session that involves close-quarter training, the instructor should offer the participants the option of ‘standing-by’ (without alienation) at anytime they do not wish to continue with the exercise. All members must respect the personal comfort of others and Instructors (and senior grades) must be vigilant to maintain close supervision during such training activities.
  • The AJJA Inc. has zero tolerance of inappropriate personal contact that is not genuinely part of the training technique being practiced. Any student who feels that personal contact has breached the spirit of fair training should immediately bring this to the attention of their partner. If further recourse is required then the Instructor should be notified as soon as possible. If the issue is not addressed to the satisfaction of the student , then the instructor must notify the AJJA Inc.

Drugs

  • The AJJA Inc. stipulates there is a zero tolerance on the use of drugs in or around any Dojo or at any meeting. Persons found with drugs in their possession will be counseled by their Sensei who must report the infringement to the National Committee.

Brierley Bailey
National Secretary Rev: Apr 2005