Q: What is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu? Is it a form of self-defense?
A: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art, a combat sport, and a system of self-defense that focuses on grappling. In many ways, jiu-jitsu is more grounded in reality when it comes to self defense as an assailant never picks a fair fight. Jiu-jitsu takes place on the ground where you’re more likely to end up if surprised. The core principle is that a smaller, weaker person can defend against a bigger, stronger attacker by using leverage and technique.
Q: I’ve never trained martial arts before. Can I still do jiu-jitsu?
A: Definitely. We have students of all levels.
Q: Is there a uniform? What should I wear to class?
A: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be practiced in a gi (uniform) or no-gi (no uniform / gym clothes). We recommend wearing something that is not too loose for your first class. Loose clothing can get caught on a thumb or toe while we are practicing techniques.
Q: What is class like?
A: Class is broken down into two phases. We start by demonstrate/drill techniques and pair students up so they can practice on each other. After reviewing technique, we move on to rolling/sparring. Rolling is the live application of the techniques we learn during class with a resisting partner who is trying to stop you while also applying their own techniques. However, live sparring will be restricted to students with experience as well as those that are comfortable enough with their own skill level. During these sessions, beginner students of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will drill certain positions and techniques.
Q: Why are your membership rates so low?
A: We realize that the cost of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can sometimes be cost prohibitive; especially for those just starting out in life or those that already have other obligations in life. In addition, this is not our only source of income. We have full-time jobs and busy schedules, but we also have a passion for this art. Membership dues will be used to pay for space and equipment, club affiliation, as well as future seminars.