Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides major benefits in two major areas: Self Defense, and Physical Fitness.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was originally developed primarily as a form of self defense that operates on the assumptions that if you find yourself in a situation where you must defend yourself from an attacker, they will be larger, stronger, faster, and more aggressive than you. With these stakes, jiu jitsu chose to focus on grappling and ground fighting as the means to level the playing field. BJJ has been adopted into the defensive tactics curriculum for all major branches of the US Armed Forces due to its efficacy and history of success.
Because BJJ is so grappling focused, it provides an excellent full-body workout while promoting balance and flexibility. Additionally, jiu jitsu is generally a low-impact activity – meaning that essentially everyone can participate safely.
Why should I train with you guys?
Between Dan and Erin, there is a combined 29 years of grappling experience and 10 years of teaching experience. They have had the chance to teach military, law enforcement, women’s organizations, youth and adult programs, and others. This massive amount of experience has helped their team learn how to custom tailor techniques, strategy, and curriculum for individual students based on their unique needs and strengths.
What should I expect from my first class?
Please arrive a few minutes before the scheduled class so one of our instructors will have a chance to meet you, get to know you, and introduce you to a training partner who will be able to help you throughout the class. Come in clothes you’re comfortable moving and working out in. Most classes follow this general framework:
- The instructor will demonstrate and explain a technique
- You and your training partner will practice and drill the move for 3-5 minutes
- The instructor will call everyone back to help trouble-shoot any questions students may have on the technique
- You and your partner get another chance to sharpen the technique
Using this model, the class will cover 1-3 techniques depending on complexity. Each class day also includes the opportunity to do live open training (called “open mat” or “rolling”), so students will have a chance to work on any techniques they would like to improve.