Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Jiu-jitsu is much more fun than other workouts. You are in a friendly, supportive and engaging environment. When it comes to self defense, Jiu-jitsu empowers a smaller individual to fight against a larger opponent. We help you develop skills to stay safe in a real-world altercation or in a competition setting.

Do I need to be in shape to train?
No. Our classes are designed for all people with varying levels of physical fitness. Our exercises and techniques can fit your individual fitness goals. No former experience is necessary.

Am I’m too old?
No. We have trained with kids to adults age 70.

How many calories can I burn in BJJ?
An average Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class will burn between 500-900 calories. That is much more efficient than running or other boring workouts. For example, a 160-pound person running at a 12-minute pace would have to run for a full hour to burn the same number of calories.

I’ve never done martial arts, what can I expect?
Classes will be divided between skill levels. Each class has a short stretching warm-up routine, drilling techniques and positional or free sparring at various levels of intensity. Many jiu-jitsu practictions start without any experience and become fearsome black belts. All it takes is time.

Can women train?
All classes are co-ed, and many women and girls train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

What do I need to bring?

For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, you will don a gi (kimono) and a belt. You can wear a T-shirt, rashguard underneath and underwear or tights. A water bottle and a small towel are also good idea.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

A black belt can take 10 years or more of hard work and consistent training to achieve.

What are the gym etiquette rules?

– Take care of your training partners.
– Show respect to your instructors, training partners, and fellow human beings.
– If you feel sick or have a skin infection, please stay home and rest.
– Keep your nails trimmed and practice good hygiene.
– Wash your uniform and training gear after every class.
– Remove all jewelry, piercings, rings before training.
– No shoes on the mat.
– Wear shoes when not on the mat.
– Please, no coaching from the sideline. This can be discouraging and create conflict.
– No chewing gum or food on the mat.