Frequently Asked Questions

What is this...
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
BJJ is a martial art that teaches a smaller or weaker person how to defend himself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. Brazilan Jiu Jitsu is very different from many other martial arts. BJJ's main focus is on grappling and ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has emerged as the elite martial art that has dominated the world of MMA.
What is MMA?
Mixed Martial Arts is a combination of striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from other combat sports and martial arts.
What is the difference between Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Karate is a striking based martial art with a lot of form and Katas while Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ismore Self defense, throws and Ground fighting -based.
Does Martial arts make us violent?
No, Martial arts is about self-defense, discipline and self control. It teaches us (including children) how to avoid fights and how to be prepared in case of a fight.
Before I start...
When can I start classes?
We have open enrollment year round. See location for details
How old do you need to be to start?
We offer classes for children ages 3 years old and up. The first week is free for anyone interested in trying our classes. See location for details
Am I too old?
Age is nothing but a number! BJJ is low impact and provides a fun way to get/stay in shape while learning a valuable skill. Almost 40% of our students are 30+ years old.
Do I have to be in shape to start?
Absolutely not! Once you begin your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey you will notice changes in your strength and endurance and also your mental disipline. BJJ will get you in shape!
Do I need previous martial arts experience to join?
No! Most of our students have no experience when they started. We offer classes for beginners.
Kids will be Kids...
Can my child get injured with martial arts?
As a parent, I'm sure you've seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them. We do special exercises and stretches to make your child's body limber and flexible. And we're ALWAYS keeping a very close eye on everything going on.
My child isn't athletic. Can he/she still participate in martial arts?
Absolutely. Martial arts teaches kids to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don't naturally have these qualities develop them. Kids who do have these qualities grow them even more.
Is martial arts fun for children?
Absolutely! We have our serious moments here where kids work and learn... but we have just as many moments where they play and have a blast!
Do children's confidence & self-esteem grow with martial arts?
Absolutely. Kid with low self-esteem often come out of their shells. As their skill level increases, they feel more and more confident. Other kids look up to them, just as they look up to other kids who are ahead of them. It builds a sense of confidence, pride, and teamwork.
What's a good age for a child to start martial arts?
Honestly, practically every age is a good age to start! We have children as young as 3 years old, as well as teenagers. We also have specific programs for adults. So no matter where you or your child is on the age spectrum - we've got you covered.
Do boys AND girls take martial arts?
Yes! We have a good mix of both girls and boys in our kids martial arts classes! Some people think that the boys are much “stronger and tougher,” but in reality this is not true. In fact, often girls are the stronger ones!
Cost and Classes...
How much does it cost and is there a contract?
We offer 12 month membership plans with a 60 day cancellation policy. No registration fees and no belt testing fees. Unlimited access to over 20 locations and unlimited classes. Family Plans are available. Military and Law Enforcement discounts also available.
Do you offer Military and LEO discounts?
Yes! We are proud to support the men and women who keep our communities safe.
Do you offer women's only classes?
Several of our locations do offer women's only classes.
Do you offer Bully Proof or Self-Defense classes?
Yes. It is part of our curriculum to make sure our students are street safe.
I have Ranking in different martial arts, does my rank carry over?
No, unless you are a Black Belt in judo, no ranking from any martial arts are transferable. Judo Black Belts are Blue Belt in Jiu Jitsu.
Can and can't do...
Can I wear my Karate Black Belt in class?
No. Karate is a completely different martial art and You should only wear the belt of the discipline you are practicing.
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