Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need prior experience in Jiu-Jitsu to start?
No. All of our Jiu-Jitsu Foundations classes assume no prior BJJ or martial arts experience. You will experience an energetic class with lots of drilling and positional training with the personal attention you need to thrive.
What kind of equipment do I need?
You will need a Gi which is the brazilian jiu jitsu uniform and sometimes students feel more comfortable with a mouthpiece as well even though its not required for the Foundations classes.
As a beginner in BJJ, do I need to spar?
No there is no sparring in the beginner classes. It's important that you progress at your own pace. Beginning BJJ students do a lot of drilling and positional training before they begin sparring.
How effective is BJJ for real world self defense?
BJJ has proven itself time and time again as the best total self defense system for the real world. It relies on the principles of leverage to allow smaller, weaker people to defeat much larger, stronger opponents on the ground which is where most fights wind up.
My main priority is fitness. Can I expect to lose weight and gain muscle by taking BJJ classes?
Yes absolutely. Training Jiu-Jitsu engages your core and provides the resistance training you need to get a strong cut physique. Additionally, the bjj training closely resembles interval training which is the most effective way to burn fat.
Do I need to be in shape before I start training brazilian jiu-jitsu?
No. The foundations program assumes you have no prior experience have not developed good cardio yet. The classes are designed to push your body and mind and to get you in fighting shape. However, there are breaks and students can go at their own pace.