What Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
BJJ is a unique martial art with a strong emphasis on grappling and ground fighting. Submission holds such as chokes and joint locks are the preferred choice of attack.
What does Jiu Jitsu mean?
Jiu-Jitsu translates to “the gentle art” because it utilizes leverage and balance rather than force and strength.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
Yes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is practised wearing a uniform called a “gi” which can be purchased though the club or online. Do not worry if you do not own a gi and you would like to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we have spares at the club on hand to help get you started.
What should I expect in my first class?
The first part of class consists of a warm-up which includes movement drills, core exercises and some light stretching. After the warm-up, the instructor will show 2-3 basic techniques which will follow a specific topic/position of the week. The final part of class involves sparring or “rolling” as it is more commonly referred as, this is where the techniques learnt are put into practice with a resisting partner. 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 if you are new to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I’m not sure if Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is right for me. Can I can try a class before signing up?
Yes, you can try out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for FREE over a 7 day trial period before signing-up for the program. You can request your free trial here.
I’m not in the best physical shape/I’m a little older/I’m a woman. When I’m in class, will I have training partners who will be willing to work with me
Yes, our students’ ages range from 15 to 40+ (we’ve also trained with a student who is 74!) who are men and women of all different shapes, sizes, and experience levels. You will see that finding someone to train with who is comparable in shape, size, and age is not hard at all. We have many students who are friendly that will be able to work with you in a way where you can be challenged and also feel comfortable and safe at the same time.
I’m not sure if I will be able to keep up with the pace of the class. Do I need to be in shape before attending classes?
No, as you participate in class you will develop your fitness and endurance through the regular training. Weight loss, coordination, strength gain and overall better physical fitness are some of the benefits that come from training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. You are welcome to pace yourself throughout the class. We always want you to try your hardest, but we understand that, if you reach your limit, you may slow down and continue at your own pace.
I just want to get in shape/learn self-defense/learn something new and I’m not interested in competing/fighting. Will my training be different/will I not receive the same attention because I do not intend on being a competitor?
No, we understand that not everyone plans to be a fighter or competitor. Everybody will still receive the training and attention whether they’re a part-time hobbyist or a competitor. Whether your goal is to lose weight, learn self defense, or compete, the skills and techniques you learn will always be detailed and relevant.
What is the basic class etiquette at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class?
- Respect everyone. The instructors are your friends, but you must still maintain good conduct. Show respect, get respect.
- Keep your unifrom clean
- Keep yourself properly groomed
- Make sure that your finger and toe nails are trimmed
- No shoes on the mat
- Leave your ego at the door
- Refrain from horseplay, talking, and interrupting while your instructor is teaching
- Let the instructor know ahead of time if you need to leave class early
- Always shake hands before rolling
- Never get too aggressive while rolling. Pace yourself, do not spar in an aggressive manner in order to get the submission
- All students must line up at the end of class to be dismissed by the instructor