What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling. It encompasses effective foot work, clinch fighting, take-downs, throws, escapes, ground control, chokes and joint locks. Use of leverage and balance is taught so that a smaller individual will be able to overcome a larger attacker in a real life confrontation without having to punch or kick. Traditional jiu-jitsu uniforms are worn and a belt system is used for grading. Learning BJJ will enable you to deal with someone who is punching or kicking you, taking you down, and what to do once you are on the ground.

What do I need for my first class?

You don’t need anything! Be hydrated, wear shorts and a t-shirt, or rash guard, and/or a Gi if you have one. Eventually you’ll want to purchase a Gi, but that can come later- if you’re just trying things out, we don’t expect you to have one.

What should I expect?

There is usually a warm-up focused on some sort of Jiu Jitsu movement. It lasts about 15 minutes. The Instructor then reviews a position, and demonstrates a movement from that position. You will partner up, and practice the position and the move. Then, we expand on that position or move in a sequence. You’ll partner up and practice the sequence. The instructor is always walking around, watching, and helping, and higher belts often jump in and help new students as well. After a few techniques, we can do some training! For beginners, it’s best to do positional drills, and practice the moves you learned, but there is free rolling time as well.

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