Brazilian Jiu Jitsu FAQ

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art that uses the principles of leverage, angles, pressure and timing, as well as knowledge of human anatomy, to achieve a non-violent submission. BJJ is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions. Something unique to jiu jitsu is that it can be done by anyone. It was designed so that a smaller person could overcome a larger opponent who may also be stronger and more aggressive. This is where leverage, grip and position can be utilized to control and resist an opponent in ways that force him or her to submit. Unlike other martial arts that focus on strikes and/or kicks, jiu jitsu focuses on close-contact holds and the application of chokes and joint-manipulations.

What should I wear to my first class?

We recommend you wear a t-shirt or rashguard along with properly fitting athletic shorts, athletic pants or sweatpants. If attending a Gi class and you haven't purchased your own Gi, we can loan you one.

Do I have to wear a rashguard under my Gi?

No, a rashguard is not mandatory but it is encouraged.

I’m not a member of your academy. As a visitor, may I wear my own Gi?


I forgot my Gi and belt. May I train without them?

If attending a Gi class, both Gi and belt are required. We have loaner belts and Gis available by request.

May I attend a No-Gi class as a White Belt?

Yes, but we encourage you to attend the beginner classes as well.

Does your school have showers?

We have bathrooms, but we do not have changing rooms with showers.

Do you offer private lessons? How much do private lessons cost?

Yes, depending on the instructor the cost ranges from $50 - $100 per hour.

How many classes am I allowed to take per month?

You may attend every class within the plan you have chosen. For example, if you signed up for Gi, you can attend every Gi class on the schedule.