Am I too old or out of shape for Jiu-Jitsu?
The short answer is no. You are not too old or out of shape to start training. If you talk to our students, many of them will tell you that they were hesitant to start jiu-jitsu because of a nagging injury or felt they were too out of shape, etc but once they got started, they never looked back. The best way to find out is to come try a class and see how you feel.
Is punching and kicking allowed?
No. We do not punch or kick. Jiu-jitsu is a grappling martial art with a focus on controlling and submitting your opponent on the ground by using leverage and body position. Jiu-jitsu was created for smaller, weaker individuals to be able to overcome much larger, stronger and more athletic attackers.
Are there women in the classes?
Yes! We have several women in our classes. Jiu-jitsu is great for women to learn how to protect themselves and to subdue and submit larger or stronger opponents. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is all about using good technique to overcome strength and size.
I've never done anything like this before, should I be nervous?
Starting anything new can be a little nerve racking and jiu-jitsu can look intimidating at first glance, but once you start participating in class and see how beneficial jiu-jitsu can be to your life, those nerves will calm down. It's ok to have jitters. We all do.
Is Jiu-Jitsu safe?
As with any sport, there is risk for injury, but generally speaking - yes, jiu-jitsu is very safe. Students are instructed to "tap" when they are in a bad position or feel uncomfortable. The tap means their opponent must release their grip and completely disengage. Respecting the tap is a requirement for all students. We will not tolerate students disrespecting this rule. There is no need to be a "tough guy" - you won't be impressing anyone.
Are drop-ins welcome?
If you are visiting from out of town, drop-ins are welcome during normal Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday class times but are prohibited on Wednesday night, Friday open mat and Saturday. The drop-in fee is $25 and you will need to sign a waiver. To see our schedule, click here. We look forward to meeting you!
What are "meathead" exercises?
Meathead exercises is the technical term for pushups. During warmups, students are often asked to call out an exercise for everyone to do. Most exercises during warmups are done in reps of 10, except for abs, which are 20 reps. However, if you say "pushups" the reps will be 20, sometimes 30 (if you called them pushups intentionally). So, if you only want to do 10 pushups, just call out "meatheads".