The Program

 

These are the main tenants of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program

  • Anyone can participate:  Size, gender,  fitness level,  and your life experiences makes no difference to us.  We believe that anyone can learn and thrive in our art.  But, our programs are designed for adults and we require that students are at least 21 years old.
  • Instruction only from Experience.   All instructors are of  Black or Brown belt rank and have had competitive experience with and without the Gi.
  • Basic technique is paramount:  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has limitless technique.  The art is in a constant state of evolution as more and more practitioners learn and interpret the language of the art.  But, basic techniques will always win in competition.  As a result, we have a “NO B.S.”  policy when it comes to instruction.  We focus on the techniques and strategies that we have won with in competition.
  • Training with the Uniform (Gi) is the only way to learn: The art was founded by adopting the use of the Judo Uniform (aka Gi or Kimono).  Over the years, the uniform has evolved from the Judo Gi to a specific style for our art.   We believe that wearing the uniform is the only way to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  
  • Competition is the best benchmark of progress:  We pride ourselves on being competitors.  Tournament participation is the ultimate test of your physical skills, emotional fortitude, and mental preparation.  But, while we can attest that growth can come from competition, we also understand that it is not for everyone.  We encourage it, but do not force it.
  • Dedicated practice is the only chance for success: Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes time, energy, and patience.  There are moments of extreme frustration and overwhelming exhilaration.  It is a commitment to deep disciplined practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that is the cornerstone of the lifestyle.
  • You are ultimately responsible for your growth, but you are not alone.   You choose how you perform, in class, in competition, and in life.  But your team who have pushed you in practice will always be there to push you some more, celebrate with you in victory, or pick you up when you fail.

Our class structure follows a specific order to maximize our students learning curve of the art.  We begin the class with a warm up designed to improve joint mobility and movement that is necessary for practice.  A period of technical instruction and drilling follows.  This is where we build your tool box of technique and strategies.  Finally, we end the class with live sparring.  ALL BEGINNERS ARE SLOWLY INTEGRATED INTO THIS PORTION OF CLASS.  We cannot emphasize this enough.  Live sparring is the time for you to apply your technique and strategy when your opponent is not being cooperative.  It is under this pressure that you will learn the true value of the art.  Because of this pressure, beginning students are paired with advanced students in the beginning and coached through these sessions until we are comfortable that you can participate.