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FAQ's of Adult Jiu-Jitsu

FAQ's of Adult Jiu-Jitsu

What does "Jiu-Jitsu" mean?
Jiu-Jitsu translates to "the gentle art" it is referred to as such because the art utilizes leverage and balance rather than force and strength. Also, the finishing submissions are viewed as a more humane alternative to striking.

What is the difference between Classical or Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
There are numerous differences. The main one being BJJ focuses more on ground grappling while Classical Jiu-Jitsu places a greater emphasis on standing grappling and striking. All types of Jiu-Jitsu are based on submitting your opponent; however, BJJ is the only form of Jiu-Jitsu that heavenly emphasis on positional strategy and control before doing so. This strategy will allow you to be in a completely dominant position, safe and calm to apply a finishing hold. Another fundamental difference is that BJJ, students will have the chance to practice and drill moves while partner resists 100%.

Is Jiu-Jitsu all grappling and wrestling?
Jiu-Jitsu includes takedowns, grappling and ground fighting techniques. It is a fact that nearly all real fights will go to the ground. BJJ always prepares its practitioners for a physically superior opponent, someone much bigger and stronger. On the ground, leverage can be used to control and submit even the largest of foes. Some schools will focus only on the ground, mainly for the purpose of sport Jiu-Jitsu competitions. We teach all facets of Jiu-Jitsu including defense against stand up aggression and ground fighting, so you will be learning how to deal with an individual from beginning (establishing base, closing the distance, taking the fight to the ground) to end (achieving a dominant position and submit your opponent)

Why do Jiu-Jitsu practitioners wear the gi?
Jiu-Jitsu includes takedowns, grappling and ground fighting techniques. It is a fact that nearly all real fights will go to the ground. BJJ always prepares its practitioners for a physically superior opponent, someone much bigger and stronger. On the ground, leverage can be used to control and submit even the largest of foes. Some schools will focus only on the ground, mainly for the purpose of sport Jiu-Jitsu competitions. We teach all facets of Jiu-Jitsu including defense against stand up aggression and ground fighting, so you will be learning how to deal with an individual from beginning (establishing base, closing the distance, taking the fight to the ground) to end (achieving a dominant position and submit your opponent)

I'm not in the best shape. Can I still take a Jiu-Jitsu Class?
Of course! In fact, our beginner classes are an excellent way to get into shape. Not only will you learn the essential skills of self-defense, but you will also focus on muscle strengthening and endurance, cardio, and flexibility.

What is the belt system in Jiu-Jitsu?
Belts in BJJ include white, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, and black. Each successive belt represents an increased mastery of the art.

How long does it take to obtain a black belt?
This varies for each individual however it is usually between 8 and 15 years.

Is Jiu-Jitsu effective against other styles of martial arts?
In MMA (mixed martial arts) competitions, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has consistently proved its supremacy. Evidence of this can be found in the videos Gracies in Action I & II, a documentary in which the Gracie Family took on and defeated all comers for over 70 years.

What are some of the physical benefits of training Jiu-Jitsu?
BJJ will improve conditioning, strength, coordination, flexibility and overall reflexes.

Is Jiu-Jitsu beneficial for women?
Jiu-Jitsu is excellent for rape prevention and other forms of self-defense necessary for women since most attacks occur on the ground. Strategic grips and proper application of leverage and body weight distribution will allow women to escape from attackers standing or on the ground.

How are classes structured?
The class includes several plyometric exercises and movements to help improve conditioning, coordination, flexibility and strength. This period will be followed by the technique of the week, demonstrated by the instructor. A live sparring session for the intermediate and advanced students concludes the class.

Can I afford your programs?
We have many flexible payment plans, and we will work with you to make them fit into your budget.

I have a very busy schedule, how many classes per week do you offer?
All of our programs include a wide variety of class times to provide you with maximum flexibility in scheduling. Private and semi-privates are also available to suit those who can't train as often as they like.

I have never done martial arts before and I feel a little apprehensive. How easy is it to get started?
Most people feel some anxiety about starting a martial arts program which is why our introductory program of 12 weeks was created. Individual attention is a feature in each and every class, allowing all students to progress quickly and confidently towards the more advanced programs. This system will make sure you familiarize yourself with the school, the instructors and of course to help you feel comfortable with the material you will be learning.

Do I have to enter competitions?
Competition is always completely optional. Our school has produced many local, national and international champions. However many of our clients simply enjoy the training and all its benefits without ever participating in any competition. An accomplished competitor himself, Professor Crosley Gracie understands the difference between training for a competition and the self-defense aspect of Jiu-Jitsu. Our school provides a positive environment for students with great approach to personal excellence pursuit and realistic self-defense.

I don't have a lot of time, what is the commitment required to progress at a normal pace?
60 minutes, 2 to 3 times a week will produce exceptional results. We want to make sure you don't have to give up all your free time to benefit from our programs. Individual lessons are always an excellent alternative to speed up your learning process, in case class schedule conflicts with work hours.

How much does it cost to get started?
We have various programs and many flexible payment plans for your convenience. Without understanding your specific needs, it is difficult to recommend a program and pinpoint an exact price, however, feel free to speak to one of our representatives and we'll work with you to make them fit into your budget.

Are there any additional training fees?
Besides your own equipment to advance your training, our membership plans are all-inclusive, meaning we do not charge additional testing fees.

When do you offer classes?
We offer classes 6 days per week. In order to accommodate your hectic schedule, each of our programs run several times per week, allowing you to customize a training schedule that suits your needs. And besides our instructional program, we also provide “open mat” times for those who want to come in and work out on their own as well as private lessons, which can be virtually scheduled for any time of the day!




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