If you are new to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you can attend any of the Fundamental classes or our new No-Gi Basics class. If you have at least 6 months experience you may attend any trial class with our students.
If possible, please try to arrive 5-10 minutes early so that you can meet the staff and instructor, sign a waiver, and become orientated with our space. For your first class you should wear some comfortable workout clothes that you don't mind getting sweaty in. As well as some flip flops or easy slip on shoes so your feet are covered between the changing rooms and the mats.
We will do our best to lend you a clean gi that fits well. Please note that you must wear a t shirt underneath your gi.
In your first class you will be taught some basic movements in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and then you will practice these moves with a partner. The instructors will keep a close eye on you as well as ensuring that you are partnered with someone who is experienced. We are proud of our friendly atmosphere at the academy and make sure that everyone feels welcome.
* However if it is your first class, please do not be late as you will miss the most critical parts of class and flow!
Yes, this is very important. You and your training partners are likely to be very sweaty after training – no one likes a smelly gi.
You can wear any Gi. Any team/affiliation’s patch on it is ok too! No need to throw away any old Gi's!
Yes, a rashguard or T-shirt is required underneath your Gi top.
For a no-gi class, proper rashguard and shorts are mandatory. No Exceptions
Brazilian jiu jitsu is a sport, self-defense system, and a fitness program. It has proven to be the most practical and effective self-defense system in the world. It relies on leverage and technique, rather than strength and size. This allows you to defend yourself against much bigger, stronger attackers. As a result, BJJ is a great sport for everyone – including women and kids.
It is one of the fastest growing martial arts, due (in part) to its great success in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and Mixed Martial Arts in general. BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of getting into a position to force an attacker or opponent to submit or give up.
BJJ is also an intense, aerobic and anaerobic workout so your overall health and fitness will improve, including your flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness, ability to burn fat, and muscular endurance.
Come in and try a class to check us out and make sure we’re a good fit for you. The prices can be discussed if you feel like moving forward. We want people here who want to be here. All memberships are month to month with no "sign-up" fees or fluff/hidden costs. We encourage trying out as many different gyms as makes sense for you, before committing to a membership. It’s important for all of us to be at a gym we are comfortable in, and that we feel is the best fit for us and our goals. That being said, we are thrilled to have you training with us and hope you have a wonderful experience doing Jiu Jitsu!
No. You do not need to be strong, flexible, or in particularly good shape to start jiu jitsu. By practicing jiu jitsu, you will most certainly improve your strength, flexibility, and conditioning (plus balance, coordination, and more), but you do not need to have those traits to begin with. Disclaimer: Doctors’ recommend anyone who starts any strenuous activity, including Brazilian jiu jitsu, receive a physical examination to ensure they can safely participate in the program’s activities.
Jiu jitsu is a very safe sport, and safety is a core principle. Our mat etiquette, curriculum design, practice process, and instruction methods all ensure safety first.
BJJ is for everyone – regardless of sex or age. Brazilian jiu jitsu was originally formulated for use by smaller, weaker people to allow them to defend themselves against larger, stronger attackers. In that way, jiu jitsu is perfectly suited for women, kids, young and old. Anyone and everyone can participate!
The journey in jiu jitsu is much more rigorous that most other martial arts but when you see a black belt, you know it was earned. Although each person is unique, it generally takes between 8-15 years to reach black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. It takes 9 months – 18 months to go from white to blue belt and then 2-5 years each for the subsequent belt, up to black.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is one of the best workouts you can get, and it provides far better results than a typical aerobic workout. It is also much more fun and interactive than most exercise programs, so you end up working out more and harder. Many people practice it primarily for the health/exercise benefits, which increase muscle tone and reduce body fat while improving your balance, coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.