Open Mat

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  1. b0b

    b0b Banned Banned

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    Does open mat mean anyone can show up and roll, without an instructor? I train about 4-5 days a week at my current school, but want to train a little more in my free time, and some other schools have open mat during some of this free time. Would it be ok to show up and roll with people, or do I pay for the "lesson"? I don't mind paying a small fee, but I don't want to pay $25 a day (The single day fee for most places) and not get any instruction.
     
  2. Diligent

    Diligent Blue Belt

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    ...where is the open mat you want to go to? The open mats that I've been to I have not had to pay ... but the open mats I went to where at high schools and such ... not actual MMA/grappling schools.... But then again, there is kind of an 'open mat' at Star Jiu-Jitsu on Monday and Thursday nights, where the UTD wrestling team comes and trains. Different high school/college age/older adults come in all of the time who are not a 'member' of Star Jiu-Jitsu.... :D
     
  3. Rai_Polo

    Rai_Polo White Belt

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    Usually you've got to pay the mat fee whether there is an instructor there or not, your paying for using the mats basically. Open mat is just open sparring, who ever wants to roll, rolls. If the school is like your sister school or something they may not collect mat fee from you, or maybe if they don't charge a mat fee they might let you roll for free like if your from out of town or something. Call the gym and talk to the instructor.
     
  4. DMcKayBJJ

    DMcKayBJJ Blue Belt

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    Yeah always check with the instructor or academy manager or whoever. Remember that most schools are actually businesses, with bills to pay and overhead to meet every month and liabilities they assume just to keep their doors open for customers. You may need to sign a waiver or something like that, too.
    I know it sounds like that might be a pain in the ass for guys who want to just find a place to roll, but imagine this...YOU'RE the instructor and it's YOUR business. What if some spaz white belt wannabe Fedor just showed up with ringworm all over his hands wanting to practice his flying armbars?
     
  5. Jimmy Cerra

    Jimmy Cerra Amateur Fighter

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    Although most everyone makes you sign a waiver, I was told that they are pretty useless legally. Of course IANAL too...
     
  6. Rai_Polo

    Rai_Polo White Belt

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    LoL @ -> What if some spaz white belt wannabe Fedor just showed up with ringworm all over his hands wanting to practice his flying armbars?
     
  7. pitviper23

    pitviper23 Green Belt

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    you don' have to pay but no instructor most of the time you have to sign a waiver.

    Just be real with the people your training with "I have little experience" and most of the time they will tell you your errors and weaknesses.

    Don't bring an Ego, Somebody is letting you into their house be respectful.
     
  8. Bubble Boy

    Bubble Boy Black Belt

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    Open mat at my club:

    Sign a waiver.

    Get on the mat.
     
  9. Soulfly

    Soulfly Guest

    I just changed to a new gym, not to sure about the rules for open mat.
     
  10. phenomfan1529

    phenomfan1529 Brown Belt

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    same at my school
     
  11. b0b

    b0b Banned Banned

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    Thanks guys. I will call around.
     

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