For your first class, athletic shorts and a t-shirt are all you’ll need, however, we have GIs available to borrow for your trial class. Once you register for ongoing classes you will need to purchase a GI and and a Rashguard. Other equipment people often choose to wear includes mouthguards, knee and elbow pads.
What IS a Gi?
GIs are the traditional training uniform worn in Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Karate and other martial arts. Typically made of cotton, they come in different weaves for weight and breathability. They consist of loose fitting pants, a jacket and are tied with a belt. In Jiu Jitsu, the belt wraps around the body twice to keep the jacket closed and to show the individuals rank.
INSTRUCTORS WEARING GI'S
What's a Rashguard?
Rashguards are worn under your GI. Rashguards are designed to minimize skin on skin irritation and friction burn from the mats and GIs. Their breathable material draws moisture away from the body which protects against rashes. The third function rashguards serve is sanitary. They create a barrier between your own skin and your opponent’s.
4 POINTS BJJ RASHGUARD
Can I put my membership on hold if I need to?
Yes you can put monthly memberships on hold. Just let us know and we will record it in our system so you can come back to us and continue practicing.
Is Jiu Jitsu Good for Kids?
Jiu Jitsu is great for kids for so many reasons. Aside from being really cool and popular (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the fastest growing martial art in the world right now) Jiu Jitsu builds confidence, friendships, discipline, focus and fitness.
Because there is no striking in BJJ, it is widely used as an anti-bullying system so the kids can confidently and effectively defend themselves and immobilize bullies if needed. However it is often found that the confidence that arises from BJJ makes kids less of a target to begin with. Bullies tend to prey on the weak.
Am I too old to start BJJ?
There’s a famous quote by BJJ founder Helio Gracie “Jiu Jitsu is for everyone”. He practiced until his death at 95. It’s the perfect martial art to start a little older because it’s not striking based and you develop great cardio and flexibility. Jiu Jitsu’s about technique, composure and problem solving. It keeps the mind and body sharp and loose.
Is there a risk of injury?
In any athletic activity there’s a risk. In Jiu Jitsu, practicing control and pacing ourselves so we manage our techniques properly is the key. As a beginner we’ll teach you to fall properly and when to submit to avoid injury. Be sure to let us know if you have any pre-existing injuries or conditions. We find most injuries happen when people are not focused, aren’t comfortable or are wrapped up in their egos. We put an emphasis on remaining composed and clear headed while training.
How does the belt system work?
The use of belts was introduced in 1907 for Judo replacing the traditional kimonos with Gi’s. The BJJ ranking system was made official in 1967 and has since been regulated by the various Jiu Jitsu sport federations.
There are two belt systems, one for youth and one for adults.
Youth Belts (Under 16):
There are 5 youth belts. White, grey, yellow, orange and green. Youth Belts are each held for at least 8 Months before graduating to the next. Advancement is based on attendance and competition.
White: The first belt all beginners wear for an average of 1-2 years. This belt represents the learning of the fundamentals of BJJ.
Blue: After 1-2 years most students will be move to blue belt. A blue belt signifies advancement in technical BJJ skills.
Purple: Moving from blue to purple belt generally takes 2-3 years. A purple belt is generally considered qualified to instruct lower ranked students.
Brown: It generally takes another 2-3 years to achieve brown belt status. It represents the refinement of advanced techniques.
Black: One must be a brown belt for at least a year but will usually take another 2-3 years before moving on to Black Belt. A black belt denotes expert level practical and technical BJJ abilities.
Red and Black(Coral): This belt achieved at ones 8th degree as a black belt, and pertains to the impact the practitioner has made on the sport of Jiu Jitsu.
Red and White (Coral) This belt is for the 9th degree black belts who have made significant impact on the sport.
Red Belt: in Brazilian jiu-jitsu the red belt is reserved "for those whose influence and fame takes them to the pinnacle of the art" in lieu of the 10th degree black belt. They are addressed by the title “Grandmaster”