These are a few of the questions that I get regularly, but it’s certainly not an exhaustive list. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, or if one of these topics sparks additional interest, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help.
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a grappling-based martial art that utilizes leverage to control an opponent or attacker which can lead to submission, typically via chokes or joint locks. While striking is not a primary tool in BJJ, we do go over the use of strikes, as well as how to defend against them. BJJ is an excellent tool for learning how to control and subdue someone, with minimal physical risk to both parties.
What do I wear? Unless a class is specifically labeled otherwise, our classes are done in a gi (uniform). We use the gi as an option for control, and sometimes a submission. Close-fitting clothes worn under the gi, like a compression top/rash guard or compression shorts/yoga pants are recommended.
How do the belts work?
In jiu-jitsu the primary belts are white, blue, purple, brown, and black. Typically, there are four stripes put on the belt between belt colors. How each person advances depends on that person. This is an individual journey.
Will I get hurt? While injuries are certainly not a part of everyday class, they do happen. We do everything we can to keep the training environment as safe as possible, but jiu-jitsu is a contact art and bumps and bruises do happen.
Do I have to compete? No. There is no expectation or requirement to enter sport competitions. Competition is certainly encouraged, but in no way required.
Will I get beat up? That’s relative. However, SJJA and MJJA are not Fight Club. We are here to work and grow together and bullying is not tolerated. We try to cultivate a culture where everyone works with everyone, but recognize that sometimes personalities clash. There is never a requirement to work with anyone who makes you uncomfortable.
Will we be hitting each other?
No. This is a fitness class, not a fighter’s class.
How hard is the class?
The level of intensity is up to you. The instructor tells you what to do, and how long to do it. How fast or hard you move is up to you. That being said – This is definitely above average in intensity level.
What do I need to wear? Any clothes that you would wear to any other gym or exercise class is fine. You will need a set of boxing gloves.
Why do I have to take my shoes off? This is a sanitation issue. Your feet are not as dirty as your shoes. We also have a foot cleaning station to sanitize your feet before stepping onto the mat.
Do you offer Firearms classes?
We do offer introductory classes on the use of firearms for personal safety. In these classes, we cover just about everything besides putting holes into paper. Eventually, we would like to offer live-fire classes, but there is plenty of good work to be done besides pulling a trigger.
Do you offer Self Defense Classes outside of your Jiu-Jitsu Classes?
Yes. We have a relatively flexible schedule, and try to work in Self-Defense classes regularly. If you have a group and would like to either schedule or host a class, feel free to contact us about that.
Please contact us if there’s anything we can help with.