Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Gracie family developed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the mid 1900’s. BJJ, put simply, is traditional Jiu-Jitsu/Judo modified to meet the demands of real, no rules, fighting that was prevalent in the streets of Brazil.

What is the difference between Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and BJJ?

BJJ’s concentration on ground fighting skills and constant live practice differentiates it from most Japanese Jiu-Jitsu systems. BJJ was not created in a vacuum and you will find many of the positions and techniques in other traditional systems, but BJJ specialization on ground fighting is unique.

If my opponent is bigger and stronger than me, won’t he always beat me?

Especially when you first begin training and your arsenal of techniques is limited (as well as your understanding and “feel” for positioning) the stronger, faster opponent will dominate. This is natural, however, the emphasis in BJJ is not on superior athleticism but on using leverage, balance and pressure to control and ultimately submit a larger, stronger opponent. This is the ideal goal of Jiu-Jitsu. If you do not make a commitment from early on to concentrate on developing your skills but rather always relying on your natural abilities, your development will hit a plateau very quickly and you will never gain a greater understanding of Jiu-Jitsu and your own potential.

I am interested in MMA, not BJJ?

The explosion in popularity of MMA has brought attention to BJJ because, simply put, without BJJ, one will not succeed at MMA. The reason is that “MMA” is an integral part of BJJ since its inception. In the beginning it was referred to as “Vale Tudo” or, roughly translated, “Anything goes.” Therefore, if you wish to begin, or further, your MMA career one must start training in BJJ. While BJJ does not encompass everything MMA entails, it does deal with a larger part of it, namely all ground fighting. In addition, learning to grapple is easier when not getting punched in the face!

I do not want to train in the Gi, only no gi.

Many people are uncomfortable training in the gi. We offer many classes that focus only on no gi or submission grappling. No gi tends to rely on speed and strength, whereas, gi tends to be more technical. Both areas of training occur weekly at the academy. Nevertheless, some people avoid all gi training and this is problematic for two reasons which are worthy of mention: first, the gi is a teaching tool. The gi teaches the practitioner not only to protect their necks, due to chokes; it also toughens the practitioner for fighting in uncomfortable circumstances. Training in a gi is difficult, but allows the practitioner to hone their skills in unfavorable situations. If you can defend a choke, armbar, or any other submission using technique instead of strength and speed, all areas of your game will improve. The second reason is that in self-defense situations, most people are not shirtless, therefore, one has to learn to handle using whatever is available. In conclusion, just as a gi practitioner should not avoid training in no gi, a no gi practitioner should not avoid training in gi.