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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

What IS BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU ?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defence martial art and combat sport based on grappling and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling one's opponent, gaining a dominant position and using a number of techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or choke.

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It’s quite different from all other activity I’ve done.

It’s physically, mentally and intellectually challenging. Make it more like a moving meditation, keep your whole body present at the very moment.

You’ve got to try to understand what I mean.

Frequently asked question :

 

I’m not sure if Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be right for me. Is there any way I can try a class before signing-up?

YES! You can try out one of our Jiu-Jitsu classes for FREE before signing-up.

You can get the trial class on Fundamental Class Schedule.

I don’t have a BJJ Gi. Do I need to buy one to try out the class?

No. You can wear sport pants/ board short and shirt.

What do I wear/bring to my first class?

Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you can meet the instructor. Bring your BJJ Gi if you have. You should wear comfortable athletic clothing (t-shirt or compression shirt, sweatpants or shorts or board shorts). Females – you will feel more comfortable with a top that is not low cut, plus a sports bra, and long board shorts or sweat pants. We do not allow footwear on the mat. Also bring water ( a LOT).

What should I expect my first class?

The first part of class consists of a warm-up which includes stretching, core work, and movement drills. After the warm-up, the instructor(s) will show the technique of the day.  You will be partnered with another students and will drill the technique. The last part of class is the “rolling”, which is the grappling equivalent to sparring. You DO NOT have to roll your very first day, but you are welcome to. 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.

Is BJJ good exercise?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while rolling provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce your body fat while improving your balance, bodily coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.

I’m a woman: is BJJ right for me?

BJJ is an excellent choice for women. In terms of self-defense, BJJ is perfect from a female perspective, as it deals with the unfortunately common self-defense situations: BJJ features a lot of attacks and defenses when you are on the ground.  It is also a martial art which was designed for a smaller person to overcome a larger one, which again has clear applications for women’s self-defense.

Would BJJ benefit my child?

Absolutely! Jiu-Jitsu, which means “gentle art”, emphasizes the use of technique and leverage. So your child won’t have to rely on size, strength, or speed, while also learning to defend themselves and subdue their opponent in a safe way without having to rely on kicks and punches.  Your child will develop physical awareness of balance, reflexes, flexibility and coordination, as well as build on the mental aspects of their personality such as self-esteem, discipline, confidence, compassion, and good work ethic. The classes are taught in a positive, fun, and friendly manner, so your child will enjoy learning the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.