Modern day, these three terms are pretty interchangeable. Jiujitsu is a grappling art that is rooted in self-defense. It’s effectiveness was proven in the early UFCs by Royce Gracie. These brutal hand to hand combat competitions were bare knuckle, limited rules, no time limits, and experimented with style vs style fights.
Jiujitsu places high emphasis on a positional hierarchy. We use maximum efficiency of body mechanics, timing, and tactics to achieve dominant positions. Once these positions are acquired, we are safe where our opponent is not. We then have the opportunity to strike, strangle, or apply joint locks (submissions) at our discretion depending on the severity of threat level.
Jiujitsu can be practiced safely under a qualified coach by all people regardless of age, size, gender, or experience level.
It varies by individual. Gee earned black belt after 12 years of training, and April in 8.
Everyone has different learning curves, physical attributes, goals, and commitment levels. A belt is only a representation of your progress relative to your potential.
We, Gee and April, will use belts and stripes to mark your progress on your individual journey. We will hold the bar high as far as standards go to prevent the watering down of this beautiful and effective martial art. Belts mean next to nothing to us, but if we are going to use them, we will do it right.
Under a qualified instructor, BJJ is extremely safe. We both place a heavy emphasis on safety and “training smart.” Scaling training intensities to fit the goals and abilities of our students is one of our biggest priorities.
No. Jiujitsu builds your fitness levels by default.
Not at first. For BJJ classes, we can modify techniques for you or your child if participating in a trial class. If you plan to continue training, then you will need a gi eventually.
For nogi, there is no requirement for a gi. Shorts and and a rashguard (or a non baggy t-shirt) will do.
It varies by child, but generally around 5 years of age. You know your child better than anyone, and you should take into account his/her maturity level, attention span, and social skills.
If you have any questions, please contact us to speak about training opportunities for your child.
No. BJJ is safe for practitioners of all ages under a qualified instructor. We will pair you up with a trustworthy partner and will scale the techniques and drills to your level. People of all ages can benefit from jiujitsu.
No. You don’t have to do anything. Your coach doesn’t own you and you owe him/her nothing.
If competing intrigues you, then yes, you should compete. Most tournaments have divisions based on gender, age, rank, and weight so you will likely have a suitable opponent to test yourself.
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