General FAQ for Adult/Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Striking Classes
What are the benefits of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai/Striking?
Training offers a full-body workout, stress relief, improved fitness, self-defense skills, and a sense of community. It can also enhance discipline, confidence, and mental toughness.
I am not in shape. Can I still start training in martial arts?
Absolutely. Our classes are designed to accommodate all fitness levels. Your fitness will improve over time with regular training. We are all adults so if you need to take a break in call, feel free to do so. You will not be berated for taking a break. We've all been there!
What gear do I need for my first class?
For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will need a Gi, and for Muay Thai/Striking, gloves and hand wraps are essential. For your two-week trial, we can provide you with the temporary gear you need.
How often should I train per week to see progress?
This can vary, but most students see noticeable progress with 2-4 classes per week.
Are there separate classes for beginners?
Yes, we have beginner classes designed to teach the fundamentals. As you progress, you can move on to more advanced classes.
Is sparring mandatory?
Sparring is a valuable tool for improvement, but it is not mandatory. You can discuss your individual training goals with an instructor if you want to develop a personal training plan with private lessons from our top instructors.
What if I only want to learn self-defense and am not interested in competition?
Jiu-Jitsu in general can be beneficial for self-defense, but we will also on occasion offer seminars specifically for that. Competing is not a requirement.
How does the ranking system work, and how do I earn promotions?
We follow traditional belt rankings. Promotions are based on skill, knowledge, time spent at each rank, and instructor evaluations.
Can I cross-train in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Striking?
Yes, we encourage cross-training as it creates a well-rounded martial artist.
What is the gym's policy on hygiene and cleanliness?
We maintain high standards for hygiene. Mats are cleaned/disinfected after EVERY class and we expect all students to practice personal cleanliness and wear a clean uniform for each class.
Are there women-only classes available?
While we encourage a co-ed training environment, we do offer women-only classes but only in Jiu-Jitsu at this time. Please check our schedule here for details.
How do I sign up for a membership, and what are the costs?
Please contact us directly or visit our gym to discuss membership options and pricing. We offer different packages to suit various needs and schedules and there is a discount for families.
FAQ for Youth Specific Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Striking Classes
At what age can children start training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Striking?
Children can typically start training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai/Striking from the age of 4 or 5, depending on their physical readiness and emotional maturity. We can help you assess that when you come in for a free trial.
Are martial arts safe for my child?
Safety is our top priority. Classes are supervised by experienced instructors, and the curriculum is designed to prevent injuries through proper technique and the use of protective gear when required.
Will martial arts make my child aggressive?
Martial arts training emphasizes respect, discipline, and self-control. It can actually help channel energy into positive actions and reduce aggression.
What equipment does my child need for training?
Initially, your child will need a Gi for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and eventually, gloves for striking classes. We can provide you with information on where to purchase these items and we have loaner Gis and equipment for those that are in the initial trial period.
How often should my child attend classes?
We recommend children attend 2-3 classes per week to see consistent progress.
Do you have belt ranking for kids, and how does promotion work?
Yes, we have a belt ranking system. Promotions are based on a combination of skill level, class attendance, and the instructor's assessment of the child's readiness to advance. Stripes on a belt may be awarded by an instructor at any time but belt promotions will be done at a designated interval of which we will make parents aware of so that they and other family members may come and show their support for their child's dedication and progress.
Can my child compete in tournaments?
Yes, we offer high level preparation for children interested in competition, but it is not mandatory. We support both competitive and non-competitive training paths for our youth.
How do you handle bullying and conflict resolution in class?
We teach children how to handle conflicts without violence whenever possible and encourage communication and respect for others in all situations.
What if my child has no previous martial arts experience?
No previous experience is necessary. Our classes cater to all levels, and beginners are always welcome.
Is there a trial class available for my child?