What should I look for in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school?
The academy you ultimately choose will have numerous factors that fit your lifestyle and fitness goals. Some of the items to consider are the location, price (contractual terms), the instructor(s) philosophy/teaching ability, environment (the physical space and culture), and schedule. Some of these items you can learn by sifting websites, though it is best to try gyms and see what feels best to you.
How do the monthly memberships work?
The day you register will be the day that your payment is automatically deducted each month.
Can I cancel my membership?
Yes! Please provide written notice to email@example.com 15 days prior to your payment coming out. We require 15 days notice.
What do I wear to class?
Bring flip flops or sandals! On gi days, you can change into a gi at the academy. Some people prefer to wear their go bottoms and just throw on their gi top at the school. We have a mixed gender locker room with two designated curtain areas or one can use the bathroom. You can wear a rash-guard under, especially if you are a hairy bear type. Bring a water bottle.
How do I earn stripes and belts?
It takes an average of 10-12 years to earn a black belt in BJJ. Show up to as many classes as your body/schedule allows, and it will slowly happen. We do have some objective testing standards by memorized techniques, but other factors include mat time, athletic ability, technique retention, tournament results (though this is not a requirement, by any means!), and being a good person on and off the mats. Everyone has their own journey!
Proper hygiene for BJJ:
Again, wear flip flops or sandals off the mats, wash your gi after each training session, trim your fingernails and toenails often (they can break easily and scratch others), wrap/tape any nicks/cuts, DO NOT come to class with any suspicious skin issues, DO NOT come to class with any cold or flu like symptoms!
What is the proper mat etiquette?
Before you step on the mat, tie your belt and fix your gi. Bow BEFORE stepping on the mat, proceed to greet the highest ranked belt and so on by shaking their hand. We bow to begin a class. Turn and bow BEFORE stepping off the mat. Slap/bump to begin rolling. We then bow out of class as a group. Smile and have fun!