FAQS

“The first rule to perfect your Jiu-Jitsu is to never be deaf to other people’s knowledge.”

-Renzo Gracie

YES. You can try out one of our Jiu-Jitsu classes for FREE before signing-up.

No, for the trial class we can loan you a gi for free.

Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you can meet the staff and instructor, sign a waiver and get you set up with a loaner gi (uniform) if necessary. You should wear comfortable athletic clothing (t-shirt or compression shirt, sweatpants or shorts or board shorts). Females – you will feel more comfortable with a top that is not low cut, plus a sports bra, and long board shorts or sweat pants. Most people wear sandals as we do not allow shoes on the mat. Also bring water.

The first part of class consists of a warm-up which includes stretching, core work, and movement drills. After the warm-up, the instructor(s) will show techniques. You will be partnered with another students and will drill the technique. The last part of class is the “rolling”, which is the grappling equivalent to sparring. You DO NOT have to roll your very first day, but you are welcome to. The instructor will typically pair you up with someone who is more experienced so that they can work with you and guide you through the rolling process.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while sparring provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce your body fat while improving your balance, coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.

BJJ is an excellent choice for women. In terms of self-defense, BJJ is perfect from a female perspective, as it deals with the unfortunately common self-defense situations: BJJ features a lot of attacks and defenses when you are on the ground. It is also a martial artwhich was designed for a smaller person to overcome a larger one, which again has clear applications for women’s self-defense.

Jiu-Jitsu, which means “gentle art”, emphasizes the use of technique and leverage. So your child won’t have to rely on size, strength, or speed, while also learning to defend themselves and subdue their opponent in a safe way without having to rely on kicks and punches. Your child will develop physical awareness of balance, reflexes, flexibility and coordination, as well as build on the mental aspects of their personality such as self-esteem, discipline, confidence, compassion, and good work ethic. The classes are taught in a positive, fun, and friendly manner, so your child will enjoy learning the art of Jiu-Jitsu.

Simply put, gi training involves wearing a cotton jacket and pants, while no gi is normally done in a combination of a rash guard or t-shirt with shorts. The main difference between rolling with a gi and without is that the gi allows a person to slow things down and use position and technique rather than strength or speed. Physical attributes come into it a lot more with no-gi: though they’re certainly not absent in the gi, they can at least be negated to a certain extent by all the handles a gi provides. No gi is normally also, therefore, faster paced than gi.

A gi (sometimes referred to as Kimono) isthe uniform that is typically worn when training martial arts such as judo, jiujitsu and karate. It consists of 3 pieces: a jacket (or top), pants, and abelt. The material in which the three pieces are made is specially reinforcedto withstand the rigors of daily practice.

As you practice Jiu-Jitsu, you will find ituseful as both an offensive and defensive tool. You will also realize its value as a common uniform to promote safe and technical practice of Jiu-jitsu. The Gi game has a lot more possibilities than no gi, due to the variation in grips, control, attacks defense and friction, all of which make it a more complex game ultimately providing a broad base of knowledge that can also be applied to no gi. Additionally, taking away the Gi allows physical attributes such as size, strength, and athleticism to come to play with greater effect due tothe lack of levers and friction.

For now, you should view your Kimono as a set of training wheels. As you develop a higher level of proficiency, you will learn to perform Jiu-Jitsu techniques with and without a Kimono. The kimono will add a level of sophistication to your game that will result in you, as a student, becoming a more advanced and technical fighter.

No, several jiu jitsu practitioners begin training are over the age of 40. As long as you make sure to work within your own abilities and give yourself time to recover you will do great. We pride ourselves on maintaining a safe training environment for all students. We also understand that the movements and physical conditioning for jiu-jitsu are foreign to most new students, and there is always the option to sit out if the physical strain is too much.

For adult students, there are five belts: white, blue, purple, brown and black. The normal time of progression between belts can vary widely between 1-5 years. To distinguish a student within any given belt level, stripes are added at a shorter time interval as seen appropriate by the instructor.

After black belt, there is a degree system to designate active time in the art. 7th degree becomes a red and blackbelt. 10th degree is reserved for the founders of the art. There are additional belt colors for children under the age of 16.

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