Commonly Asked questions for joining a jiu jitsu school
Is BJJ good for beginners?
Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu is a great martial art for beginners to have as a self-defense skill and skill set building confidence in the ability to use your body. Just know that it will take time to have a good understanding.
Every top Jiu Jitsu practitioner started as a novice at some point. As long as you stay consistent in your training you will improve.
What do I need to join a BJJ academy?
A Jiu-Jitsu Gi or kimono is needed but if you don’t have one, we will provide one for your trial class. We have Gi’s for purchase at our academy. You will also need a compression shirt ( rash guard ) , or at T-shirt to wear under your Gi top.
Can I try a class before joining a BJJ club or school?
Yes, at our academy we will let you try out a few classes before having to commit to a membership or a monthly fee.
We’d like you to see if it’s right for you and or your friends / family members.
How to prepare for a Jiu-Jitsu class?
You should trim your fingernails and toenails so you don’t scratch other students when rolling in practice. Come with clean clothes ( Gi and rash guard ) , and a clean body before training.
The main thing here is to practice good personal hygiene.
Will BJJ help me build muscle?
Yes, but not like a bodybuilder. BJJ training strengthens your core unlike any other sport and will tone your overall physique.
You will gain some muscle if you are not a “regular at a weight lifting gym, and will most definitely shred fat and lose weight which leads to the next question.
Will BJJ help me lose weight?
Definitely! The amount of energy exerted each practice will lead to weight loss.
An average loss of 5 to 10 pounds in the first few months of training BJJ is normal. If you are overweight and consistent with with your training, you can expect to lose unwanted fat and weight
What color Gi should I get for BJJ?
You should choose a White Gi if it’s your first one. Most schools prefer white Gi’s to keep the uniformity within the school/dojo. Blue or black will be permitted at the academy for your Gi because any other color will not be allowed in most tournaments.
What does BJJ mean?
BJJ is the acronym for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. A grappling martial art developed in Brazil around 1920 by the Gracie brothers.
Jiu-Jitsu itself originated from Japan and the Gracie brothers learned Jiu-Jitsu from Mitsuyo Maeda. You can read more about the history of BJJ here.
What are the belt colors of BJJ?
The belt colors in order from beginner to master are white, blue, purple, brown, and black for adults / for kids: white – Grey – yellow – orange – Green.
Everyone starts as a white belt and each school, instructor, and student will vary in determining how fast you will progress through the ranks.
Is Jiu Jitsu safe and applicable for females?
BJJ can be used by any individual regardless of weight and height. This is the main reason why a lot of women can practice the art and become excellent at it. You do not need to be fast, strong, or explosive to perform BJJ techniques. Jiu Jitsu will actually help you develop these mentioned attributes
Can I get injured doing Jiu Jitsu?
Like most contact sports, Jiu Jitsu will run the risk of potential injury. Training smart, managing the ego, and picking safe training partners can reduce the frequency of injury. The environment we have at Autore is always “safety first”. We want to keep students on the mat healthy and happy.
How often should I train Jiu Jitsu to improve?
Two to threes times per week , is the preferred recommendation for making good, consistent progress in BJJ without completely molding your schedule around BJJ.