Do I need to get in shape before coming to class?No. The best way to get in shape for Jiu Jitsu is to do Jiu Jitsu. Because it is such a full body workout using strength, indurance, explosiveness, and true grit there is nothing that you can do before hand that will prepare you for class. Most people start Jiu Jitsu to help them to get in shape. Our classes are designed for people to go at their own pace and eventually work torwards completing an entire class session.
What do I need to know to get ready for my trial class?Personal hygiene is a must when training Jiu Jitsu. Because we are constantly in physical contact with others it is important to make sure that your body and uniform are clean. - If you were sweating during work, school, or play it is advised that you shower before arriving at class. - Your uniform (Gi and No Gi) must be washed after each class. - It is also important to keep your finger nails and toe nails trimmed short so that you do not accidentally scratch someone during training which can lead to an infection. - You will want to wear sandals or flip flops to class so that you can easily slip them on and off when getting on and off of the mat. You are required to be barefoot on the mat, but shoes are needed for any time that you are off of the mat. - Trial classes do not require a uniform. You will need to wear a rash guard (swim shirt) or tight fitted t-shirt if you do not own a rash guard and board shorts (swim shorts), fight shorts, or basketball shorts that tie; leggings are okay for females. Clothing must be tight fitting with no exposed armpits and preferably have no pockets as fingers and toes could get caught in loose clothing or pockets. - Sorry boys, no cups are allowed. These tend to cause more harm and discomfort to your training partners than they do protection for you. - Mouth pieces are not required, but are recommended.
What is your Lineage?Our lineage can be traced back to the 1800's beginning with the legendary Kano himself: Kano Jigoro> Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Fabrício Martins > Ricardo Reis > Cassio Werneck > Michael/Lenna Uhlinger > (Your name here)
What is a typical Adult Class like?Adult Classes will start with a 10 minute warm-up related to the days lesson, followed by 30 minutes of technique and drilling, and end with 40 minutes of live training (sparring).
What is a typical Kids Class like?Kids Classes will start with a 10 minute plyometrics warm-up followed by 20 minutes of technique and drilling, and end with 20 minutes of live training (sparring).
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
GRAPPLING & JIU JITSU?
In Jiu Jitsu Class, often shortened to just "Gi," students will wear what looks like a traditional martial arts uniform called a Gi. However, it is much heavier duty than those typically worn in striking based martial arts. The Jiu Jitsu Gi serves two main purposes; one is to represent clothing you wear every day (Jacket, Pants, etc) and the other is to provide a sturdy material for learning and practicing techniques that would otherwise rapidly destroy common, everyday street clothing. Of the two styles, Gi training is typically a little slower pace and also provides for many amazing techniques. Since the Jacket and Pants are "in play" meaning students can grab and pull on each others uniforms, it allows for a larger variety of techniques.
THE DIFFERENCE IS WHAT
YOU WEAR WHILE TRAINING
Submission Grappling is also referred to as "No Gi Jiu Jitsu" or just "No Gi" for short because students don't wear the traditional Jiu Jitsu Gi. Students will wear what looks to most like "swim wear" meaning a rash guard and board shorts or leggings. Yet again, even the rash guards and shorts are designed to withstand the rigors of training that would quickly destroy a regular t-shirt. During Submission Grappling (No Gi) training the clothing is not "in play" meaning students are not allowed to grab each others uniform. This results in a faster pace in training where your reactions must be quicker. Many really enjoy this style of training as it is the style of grappling seen in Mixed Martial Arts today.
OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE SAME COIN
GI VS NO GI
The ultimate purpose of both Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling is Self Defense. Each style of clothing has different advantages as well as disadvantages. One gives you and your opponent 'handles' and places to grab clothing for techniques while the other removes those 'handles' requiring a slightly different approach for different self defense situations. Whether it's called "Gi" or "No Gi" for short or Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling, in the end, they are opposite sides of the same coin. The only difference is what you wear to class which dictates the techniques you have access to that day.