FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Do I have to compete?
- Is groundfighting effective for Real Self Defense?
- Will I get injured training Jiu Jitsu?
- What makes BJJ different from other martial arts?
- How long does it take to get a black belt?
- What’s a typical class like?
- Who can learn Jiu-Jitsu?
- I'm not very fit. Can I really do this?
- What are submissions and how dangerous are they?
- How long before I get to train live?
- Does age matter?
» No. Competition is not for everyone and is purely optional. Competition does give you the opportunity to assess your skills against others of a similar grade. We encourage those who wish to compete, and will assist with training regimes, strategies, and practice for success in competition.
» If you avoid the story-tellers and the opinions of Internet Keyboard warriors, any Professional Bouncer or Law Enforcement Officer will attest to the likely hood of a fight ending up on the ground; with all opinions aside, the statistical fact is that most fights end up on the ground. Although it is not (always) in a fighter's best interest to go to the ground in all situations, the chances of being put there (even against your will) are very high. Considering these facts, it would be unwise to ignore groundfighting techniques.
» Like any physical activity, injuries do happen. The best way to prevent them is by training under the supervision of a good instructor. Training sessions are carefully controlled. During your practice, avoid people with large egos and get rid of your own. If you feel uncomfortable working with someone, it is ok to say no. Remember that at each school, people are practicing at different paces and for different reasons so it is important to work with people that have similar motives for training.
» Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts in that it provides solutions for all possible stages of combat. Other disciplines like Tae Kwon Do or Karate focus on striking and rely on a person’s strength and speed to deliver damage, but speed and strength doesn’t matter when you’re on your back. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts fundamentally. While other martial arts rely heavily on strength and speed, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu relies on superior technique and leverage.
» Typically, it takes anywhere from 8 to 15 years to attain the rank of Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. Each belt (with the exception of Blue) takes about 2-5 years of dedicated practice; Blue Belt can often be attained in about a year of dedicated study.
» We begin class with some light calisthenics and stretching. Following our warm-up we then begin drilling technique. These drills when done over and over help form muscle memory and help our students retain technique. After our drilling is completed then we begin to spar (or roll). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight.
» Practically anyone can utilize the techniques created by Carlos Gracie. Carlos Gracie, when he created his revolutionary system, weighed no more than 135 lbs. The core principle of Gracie Jiu-jitsu is to provide a method for smaller, weaker individuals to protect themselves from bigger, stronger attackers.
» Training is adjusted to the individual, so we ask you to do only what you are capable of, and no more. However, through the warm-up, and training, your fitness level will rise dramatically in the first few months.
» Submissions include ankle locks, knee bars, heel hooks, arm bars, chokes, shoulder locks, etc., and they come in many forms. In a real situation they could be devastating to an opponent as you usually use stronger body parts against a much weaker one. For this reason, a much smaller opponent could easily take a much stronger one. This is also a reason why flexibility is a huge plus in BJJ. Nevertheless, they are very safe when practiced in a controlled training environment.
» Most schools won’t let you train live for months. We may let you train live right away, but under strict supervision until we gain trust in your abilities. For example, we may let you train positions first, and then allow you to do only chokes, then arm bars, etc. This method is very effective, and helps to avoid unnecesary injuries.
» No. Many people start training later in life, and through jiu-jitsu will maintain outstanding levels of fitness. The key is learning how to train appropriately for your age, ability, and fitness level, in order to avoid injury. You don't have to train with a 21 year old UFC hopeful. One of our Instructors is over 50 years of age, and trains religiously. We have specilaized training tips, and are considered an OG friendly Academy!