Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be in good shape or have experience before attending class?
No you do not. Some of our most successful students began right off the couch with no experience or athletic background. You do NOT need to be strong, flexible, or be in good shape to begin Jiu-Jitsu or attend any of our classes. Through training, you will develop these attributes plus improve many other attributes. Although weight-loss isn’t our primary goal, we have students who have lost up to 100 pounds from simply training 3-4 days a week consistently.
What do I wear for my first class?
Workout clothes. A simple T-shirt and shorts will do for your first class. We have all the equipment and uniforms to loan you on day one.
What equipment do I need?
For Jiu-Jitsu, both kids and adults will need to purchase a GI (also known as a kimono) and for NOGI Jiu-Jitsu classes you need a rash guard and fight shorts. We recommend both male and female students wear your rash guard underneath during all Jiu-Jitsu classes in the GI.
For Kickboxing, you will need to purchase gloves. All other equipment is optional or provided by the academy.
Do I have to compete?
How do I get started?
Can anyone attend class?
Is there an age limit?
What are the belt rankings for Jiu-Jitsu?
For Kids (under 16): White, Yellow, Orange, and Green
Promotions are at the discretion of the instructors. Coach Ben decides on the promotions for the adults and Coach Herbert decides on the promotions of the kids. Promotions are a subjective process based on several criteria. Generally we look for participation, consistency, attitude, knowledge, and skill on the mats. Character and leadership traits become more important to these decisions at higher belt ranks.