In-Person Training – Phase 2 restrictions and Guidelines

This Tuesday, July 1, 2020, we will reopen Gracie Jiu Jitsu Monterey! Our decision to reopen follows the county’s announcement that gyms who adhere to strict health and safety guidelines are allowed to open for business.

During Phase 1 we launched a full Zoom program with classes six days a week for all of our programs, and it’s been going great! Now it’s time to begin Phase 2, by reopening our school for in-person, non-partnered classes based on the following modified class schedule.

During this phase, we will be implementing modified procedures, on and off the mat, in accordance with the recommendations made by the CDC and the California Department of Public Health.

Students with any symptoms – including fever, coughing or sneezing – will not be admitted into the school. For everyone’s safety, your temperature will be taken by a staff member using a touchless thermometer, and if it’s higher than 100-degrees Fahrenheit, you will be asked to return home.

Please read through all of the following modified procedures that we will be implementing to ensure the health and safety of our students.

Online Class Reservations

To ensure safe distancing, the number of students per class will be limited during Phase 2. Students will need to pre-register for each class using our Online Reservation System on this site in order to save your spot. Reservations can be made on the schedule page, free trial page, or on any of the individual program pages.

Class Participation Limitations

Due to the limited class sizes of 8 students, we ask that students not participate in more than one class per day, including students who are on “Unlimited Programs”. Also, with Zoom classes, we’ve strongly encouraged students to dabble and explore other programs that interest them (i.e. WE students in GC, or GC students in MC, etc.), and although we continue to encourage this on the Zoom classes, we ask that students stick to their primary program of enrollment when it comes to the in-person classes at GU until we reach the next phase.

Solo Training

Initially, all classes will be conducted in solo form (no partners). We have already adapted our main training area to create individual training stations that are 6 feet apart and will provide sanitized training dummies for each student. As soon as limited partnership of any kind (including partners from the same household) are authorized, we will notify you. We have been teaching classes for solo participation via Zoom for the last month, and we have seen tremendous student progress! We look forward to be able to continue this format in person.

45-Minute Classes

Each class will be approximately 45 minutes in length. Classes will begin with a mobility routine and then transition into the techniques of the day. The techniques are the exact same as they would be in a typical class, except modified for solo practice. Each class ends with visualization, mindset and breathing practice. You’re going to love the classes!

Enhanced Sanitization Procedures

Students will be required to wash/sanitize hands before and after each class. We’ve added additional sanitizing stations to make this possible. Every personal training station will be sanitized before and after each class with cleaning solutions that are effective against COVID-19. High traffic areas in the facility will receive extensive sanitation throughout each day.

Face Coverings

All staff members will be wearing face coverings at all times. Students are required to wear face coverings throughout the facility. During the actual training session, once you have reached your personal training station, you have the option to remove your face covering during practice.


Students are required to wear shoes/sandals at all times throughout the facility. Footwear should be removed and stored at the edge of the mat, and then reapplied upon exiting the mat.

Zoom Continuation

Our Zoom classes have been remarkably effective and will continue as planned according to the Zoom Class schedule. So if you can’t make it to GU for any reason, or a class is fully booked, you can always join the live class via Zoom from your living room.

No Spectators + Bench Area Closed

During this phase, we ask that there be no spectators in the facility. The doors to the facility will be opened ten minutes prior to the class and only registered students will be allowed in. The spectator seating areas will be closed.

Waiting for Classes

If you arrive early, you will be asked to maintain social distance (6-feet) from other students while waiting outside the facility.

Once again, we can’t emphasize enough how much your support has meant during these challenging times. We can’t wait to see you back on the mat, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.