What age range is your kids class?
Our current Juniors classes are for kids aged between 7 and 15.
What should I wear to my first class?
We will lend you a gi (the uniform we wear, similar to a Judo uniform), just wear a t-shirt or compression top to wear underneath. We have male and female changing rooms and we’ll help you with tying the belt!
You will need to have your nails (hands and toes) cut short so that you don’t accidentally scratch someone and also so they don’t get caught and break (painful!). Long hair should be tied back and remove all jewelery.
I'm not very fit - is that ok?
You can start jiu jitsu at any level of fitness; but very quickly with consistent training you will get fitter and stronger. The fundamentals classes allow you to go at your own pace and you will be paired up with someone of similar build. It’s a great way to get fit and improve strength – so don’t delay!
Is BJJ suitable for women?
What a sexist question! Of course BJJ is suitable for women. It’s a great way to get fit and learn a really effective self-defence system. BJJ was developed specifically with defeating larger and stronger opponents in mind. It is true that BJJ is male dominated but we thoroughly encourage women of all ages to take part. The competition scene is very well represented by women and you wouldn’t want to pick a fight with them!
Do you punch and kick in BJJ? Does it hurt?
We do simulate punches and kicks so we can learn how to defend against them, but striking isn’t part of the BJJ toolset. Instead we focus on taking control of an opponent and then submitting them using a joint lock or choke. Whilst that sounds like something you wouldn’t voluntarily take part in, one of the most sacred things in BJJ is the tap – when you are being submitted and you cannot or don’t want to take any more, you tap – and your partner immediately ceases their submission. Through this, we build great trust and respect for each of our partners and it allows us to train to near-maximum effort without risking too much injury.
What does nogi mean
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training is traditionally done in the gi (the uniform). Common these days is also nogi training, which is done wearing a rash-guard and shorts (and optionally leggings under shorts). This is more similar to the MMA style of fighting where you don’t have the ability to grip your opponents gi and rely instead on hooking parts of their body with your limbs and using submissions that don’t require grips on a gi.
We train nogi once a week on Wednesdays with Professor Moe.