Is your school affiliated with any particular Jiu-Jitsu organization?

We are proud representatives of Jean Jacques Machado. If you are familiar with grappling, then you will know that name. Jean Jacques is acknowledged and respected as one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artists and teachers in the world. He is a native Brazilian and is a cousin to the famous Gracie family.

What is a typical BJJ class like?

A typical class starts out with a few minutes of warm-up exercises. The warm-up drills always have a practical application for the techniques a student will learn in BJJ. After that, our instructor will show a technique or series of techniques. The students will then pair-up and practice them on each other. Finally, students will pair up again and roll. That means sparring while trying to use the techniques learned in class. Students will not to spar until they have attended a few classes and have a grasp of the basics. Also, attention is given to the experience level of the sparring partner. More experienced students will go more lightly with less experienced students to assure safety and that everyone learns.

Is there a particular uniform I need to buy?

If you decide to enroll and become a student in the BJJ classes, you will need to purchase a Jiu-Jitsu Gi, also known as a Kimono. The Jiu-Jitsu Kimono is unique to other kinds of Gi’s as it is significantly stronger and can handle the grabbing and pulling that will happen in BJJ.

For the MMA classes, loose shorts and T-shirts tend to snag and rip, so we encourage the use of board shorts and a rash guard (a.k.a. compression shirt such as those popularized by Under Armour).

Can I start classes if I’m out of shape?

Of course! One of the benefits of BJJ is that it will help you get into better shape. As with any exercise regimen, you should seek approval from your doctor before starting your training.

How do you earn belt promotions?

All Beginners start out with a white belt. As you become more proficient, you will earn up to 4 stripes on your belt. At the time you would earn a 5th stripe, instead you are presented with the next color of belt in the progression. Stripes are awarded as the instructor feels they have been earned.

Adults progress from white to blue, purple, brown, and then black belt.

Children progress from white to yellow, orange, and then green. Once a young person graduates to the adult class, depending on their skill, they may qualify for a blue belt.