Frequently Asked Questions

What do I have to bring for my first intro?

In order to maintain good hygiene and cleanliness, please bring a clean pair of sandals, as outdoor shoes are not permitted. In addition, bring a t-shirt and shorts/leggings to wear underneath the kimono. You’ll be provided with a clean kimono to borrow during your intro class. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle or feel free to use our water fountains. This applies to adults and parents that are bringing their children. Parents are encouraged to bring their own sandals as well, since you will be removing your outdoor shoes in the waiting area.

Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for everyone?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was originally developed to help individuals that didn’t have matching athletic ability, strength or size of the aggressor. Grand Master Carlos and Grand Master Helio, the founders and creators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developed enhanced techniques that would empower individuals to protect themselves against bigger and stronger opponents.

How is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu different from other martial arts?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most complete form of martial art because it presents strike technique situations, ground control, throws, takedowns and submission holds. This is proven though Mixed Martial Arts (UFC, Bellator, One Championship), because every Professional Mixed Martial Artist must study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in order to compete at the highest level.

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What is your gym etiquette?

  1. Bow to the center of the mat when you enter.
  2. Bow to the center of the mat when you exit. 
  3. Keep a respectful posture in the dojo.
  4. Classes begin with a formal bow to the instructor with students lining up in descending grade order.
  5. Classes end with a formal bow to the instructor and then to the picture of Grand Master Carlos Gracie Senior.
  6. During Class, when the instructor is demonstrating the techniques, every student must remain quiet and attentive.
  7. For safety reasons, if you are tardy to class, approach Professor.
  8. For safety reasons, if you need to leave the mat or leave earlier you must ask permission from the Professor.
  9. Bow to your partner before and after practice.
  10. Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject.
  11. Absolutely no foul language inside the school.
  12. Do not belch inside the dojo.
  13. Keep finger and toe nails short for everyone’s safety.
  14. All students must wear a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kimono.
  15. It is mandatory to wear a t-shirt or rash guard underneath the Kimono.
  16. The Kimono must ALWAYS be clean. A dirty kimono is a sign of disrespect.
  17. The Kimono must be worn at all times.
  18. When tying your belt, students must face away from the instructor.
  19. The belt represents your progress. Keep it on.
  20. Refer to Black-Belt Instructors as “Professor”.
  21. All metal objects, jewelry, earrings, necklaces or other such items should be removed.
  22. No shoes, food or drink on the mat.
  23. No cell phones in the dojo area.

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