Frequently Asked Quetions

Starting at the Gym: An FAQ Guide for Beginners

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu FAQs

  • How much does it cost?
    Come try out our classes for a whole week and decide if this is right for you before you pay. Contact Us Now to get started!
  • How Do I Get Started?
    Getting started is very simple! Come to one of our beginners classes Monday – Friday at 6:30PM or Tuesday and Thursday at 7AM!
  • What is the typical duration between belt ranks?
    Belt Rank & Promotions depend on commitment, athleticism and character of the student and progress as follows: a. White to Blue: 1-2 years b. Blue to Purple: 1-3 years c. Purple to Brown: 1-3 years d. Brown to Black: 1-4 years e.  Black +: First 3 degrees in Black belt are given every 3 years with active teaching and/or competing.  The 4th , 5th and 6th degree come every 5 years with active teaching and/or competing.
  • What is the belt and promotion system?
    Belts go as follows:  White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black.  One of the main differences between BJJ and other martial arts is that it is hard to get promoted. At a blue belt level, you can almost be considered a lethal force. It will take commitment because we are committed to producing students with real ability.  We do have a curriculum we go by to help you and once you exhibit competency in the techniques acquired you may qualify for a promotion.
  • Will I be expected to compete?
    We always encourage everyone to compete but it is NOT a requirement. While there are many positive reasons for competing in tournaments, you will never be forced. However, over the years we have noticed that students who compete make huge improvements in their BJJ and self-confidence.
  • Why train with a Gi?
    The gi game obviously has a lot more to it. Everything that can be done without the gi can be done with it, making it a more complex game. Additionally, taking away the gi allows physical attributes such as size, strength and slipperiness to come into play with greater effect due to the lack of levers and friction. Working with the gi is generally considered more of a “thinking man’s” game. Not that no-gi isn’t, it’s just that the gi removes many physical advantages and ads more techniques. For now, you should view your kimono as a set of training ...
  • What is the Gi?
    A Gi (sometimes referred to as Kimono) is the uniform that is typically worn when training Jiu-Jitsu. It consists of 3 pieces: a jacket (or top), pants, and a belt. The material in which the three pieces are made is specially reinforced to withstand the rigors of daily practice. Many Jiu-Jitsu players regard their Gi in the same way a knight would their armor. Most practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu who advocate the usage of the Gi cite the more technical aspect of grappling with a Gi.
  • Can women train?
    Women are welcome to train in any of the classes provided at Gracie Academies.  Although historically, BJJ has been a male dominated discipline it is growing in popularity with women due to the fact that it is the most effective method of self-defense that a woman could have. Having the knowledge to use leverage and technique against a stronger opponent and losing the fear of contact as you train with male teammates in a safe environment in the most beneficial knowledge a women could have. We believe that women can benefit greatly from knowing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and allow them to be confident ...
  • What type of classes do you teach?
    Our primary class is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) With Gi (Kimono) and No Gi (Without Kimono/With rash guard and short) extending into Wrestling, and Mixed Martial Arts. We offer classes to all ages starting from 3 years old. Contact us to get started
  • How long does it take to earn a black belt in BJJ
    Although this varies for each individual, it usually takes between 6 and 15 years to attain the rank of Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. The Black Belt is only awarded to individuals 19 years or older.
  • What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu
    Jiu-Jitsu, which literally means “the gentle art,” is the most effective form of self-defense that does not rely on physical strength and power. Using techniques of strikes, holds, locks, chokes, throws, and evasions, it employs mechanics through leverage and knowledge of human anatomy to overcome any attacker with minimal effort and strength. Jiu-Jitsu teaches self-confidence, improves self-esteem, relieves stress, and increases the ability to focus.
  • Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu good exercise?
    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while rolling provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce you body fat while improving your balance, bodily coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.
  • Am I too old to train?
    We have students of all ages, each with different goals in mind. Whether you are 5 or 65, our classes and programs are designed to provide results at any age and are enjoyed by both younger and older students. We do recommend that you consult a physician prior to beginning and consider private classes as an introduction to our group classes if you have no prior experience with BJJ.
  • What kind of credentials do your instructors have?
    To find out more about our instructors and their qualifications, check each instructor’s bio from the Teams Page.
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