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FAQ

  • How are the classes structured?
    Warm-up: The warm-ups include a sequence of movements that allow your body to become familiar with Jiu-Jitsu. Don’t skip the warm-up, show up on time when possible, and enjoy this aspect of learning. Come in with an open mind and be ready to learn; don’t worry if you don’t know the moves, over time your muscles will become familiar with the positions and you’ll be hipping out across the mats in no time! Technique: Your instructors will demonstrate techniques, which you will then drill with a partner or two of your choice. Watch the instructors carefully while they’re showing the technique, and try to replicate the movement as much as possible. As this is a drilling session, the intensity should be 30-40% to allow your partner to work through the technique. Using some resistance is helpful, but be mindful to let your partner work and practice. Drilling will last approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on which class you’re participating in. OTHER OPTIONS IN CLASSES: Flow Roll: During some classes instead of a warm-up there will be a 10 minute flow roll session. Flow rolls are similar to standard sparring sessions, but at low-intensity levels of 10-40% with no submissions. You and your training partner will allow each other to roll like a normal sparring session but flow through the submissions and positions. Flowing from one position to another can take time to learn, so be kind to yourself and go with the flow! Positional Sparring: Positional sparring starts in Jiu-Jitsu-specific positions, such as the mount or closed guard. You or your training partner will try to escape while being held in the specific position. If you escape, the position is reset and starts again. The intensity levels are normally 40-80%, but you should communicate with your partner about what you feel comfortable with and work from there. Rolling/Sparring: Sparring begins after the technique during a class and is for the full session of open mats. Sparring goes for an average of 5 minutes per roll and 10 minutes during open mats. Sparring is a chance for you to roll with partners of your choice while practicing what you learned during the class. If this is your first sparring session, be cautious, respect your training partner, and yourself with your movements. The goal is to train for years to come and not cause unnecessary injury. Don’t forget to tap! It’s a lot easier to tap than sit out for six months with a torn ligament. Tapping is part of learning, so don’t let your ego get in the way of your growth and learning.
  • How long does it take to get a black belt?
    Black belt could take you roughly 10 years. You have your white, blue, purple, brown, and black belts. Each belt takes between 16-24 months to achieve. You should not really focus on belts, but instead focus on the techniques and working towards your personal goal.
  • I’m interested in competition: can I do that in BJJ?
    Absolutely, there is lots of opportunity to compete in BJJ. It’s entirely optional, but well worth giving a try at least once to see if you like it.
  • Do I have to be in good shape before I start?
    No, you will get into shape as you train. We have a series of exercises that you will learn as you progress through the ranking system which will enable you to perform the self defense techniques.
  • What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a submission based martial art and combat sport. It's central focus is the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling that opponent and using techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or chokeholds.
  • I am 41 years old, am I too old to start martial arts?"
    No, you are not too old to begin martial arts training. Kenpo regularly has students start from adolecense through their 50's and older. Kenpo is a practical and effective martial art that does not incorporate gymnastics.
  • What equipment will I need?
    Initially, nothing other than an open mind and maybe, tracksuit bottoms and a T Shirt. If you fall in love with the art and wish to progress more you will need to purchase a Kimono or 'GI' as they are more commonly known. It is the standard uniform that most of us start from when undertaking a journey to learn Jiu Jitsu. The beauty of training No GI Jiu Jitsu is you won't need a Kimono and can train in just basic shorts and a T Shirt. We use our bodies as our training tools. We simply recommend that you refrain from wearing watches, earrings, rings, bracelets as it is a full contact sport.
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