What is BJJ?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is an amazingly effective martial art that uses leverage opposed to power or physical size to control an opponent. This makes BJJ a great option for people of all sizes, age and gender.
But above all it is amazing fun! Think high level problem solving, super exhileration, surrounded by awesome people pushing themselves in all aspects of life! And while you're having this awesome time your going to get fitter, build confidence, lose weight and meet new great friends. Who knows you might end up being our next world travelling jiu jitsu player!
”Am I fit Enough?”
It's normal when starting something new to have doubts such as am I fit enough? And tell yourself "I'll start when I've lost a few pounds". Although these feelings are normal once you've taken the first step and tried a class you'll feel great and wished you'd started sooner.
Do you take examinations to receive belts?
No, in BJJ your progress is tracked within your classes and once the you have completed the criteria for the next belt you will be presented it either at a class, seminar, atop a competition podium or wherever will mark the occasion best.
What are the stripes on people's belts?
In between belts stripes are awarded marking a students progress and journey through that grade. Each belt will receive four whites stripes before the student receives their next belt.
How many belts are there in BJJ?
In BJJ their are five main belts white, blue, purple, brown and black. Beyond this there is also black and red belt, white and red belt and red belt, these are the highest honours received by practitioners. Junior belts are White, Grey, Yellow, Orange and Green. It is not permitted for a junior to receive a senior belt.
What is the grading criteria?
Promotions have a minimum age and guidelines for the amount of lessons to be attended. Beyond this the instructor will assist you from class to class ensuring your technical and sparring ability progress consistently to ensure a smooth progression.
Do you have to pay for your belt promotion?
No, there is no fee for promotions.
Is BJJ Safe?
BJJ, like all contact sports, carries inherent risks but of course every effort is made to minimise these risks. However, if you have a pre-existing medical condition you should inform the instructor and consult your physician before commencing training.
Am I to old or out of shape?
When starting something new it is normal to have doubts such as am I fit enough? And tell yourself "I'll start when I've lost a few pounds". Although these feelings are normal, once you've taken the first step and tried a class you'll feel great and wish you'd started sooner.
“The best age to start training is when your born or today”.
Should I purchase any extra protective gear?
The only specific protective equipment advisable is a gum shield and/or ear guard. For more advice on these please speak to your instructor.
Do you have kids and adults in the same class?
No, despite the moves learned being the same for optimum progression the structure and delivery of the class varies greatly for adults and children. We do however run some workshops and seminar opportunities for families to train together.