Home / What To Expect When Beginning Training


Are you new to Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-jistu? Here is what to expect when you begin training.

Walking in the door and trying any martial art for the first time can be a little intimidating for most people. Here are some things that you should expect when coming in for a class.

You will want to arrive about 15 minutes early to meet with the instructor, get a tour of the facility, take care of some paperwork and get changed. You will want to notify the instructor if you have any medical conditions or pre-existing injuries before training. We have two types of attire you will wear depending on if the class you are trying is a “Gi” or “No-Gi” class

In a “gi” class, students wear the traditional Jiu-Jitsu uniform called a “gi” or “Kimono”. Students learn a variety of take-downs, pins, chokes, reversals and submissions during class, some of which utilize the gi. For new students that sign up for our one month beginner program we give you a FREE GI and belt!

For a “no-gi” class, students wear shorts and a tee shirt. No gi grappling is known as “submission grappling”. This type of training teaches you to deal with an opponent that has very little clothing on other than shorts. This eliminates being able to control your opponent by holding their clothing and forces students to learn to control their opponent by utilizing the body’s natural handles such as the wrist, elbow, neck and legs.

To be a well-rounded grappler it is best to learn both types of grappling (gi and no-gi). You will also need to have a mouth piece, groin protection (optional), slides or flip flops for your feet should you need to leave the mat during class to use the rest room and a water bottle is a good idea too.

A typical class usually begins with some type of warm-ups or conditioning drills. We scale the drills to fit the level of each student in the class.

After warm-ups the instructor will teach a series of techniques. Each student will then partner up with someone in the class and drill the techniques cooperatively with each other, working on technique.

The last part of class will be “randori” or “live grappling” among the students.

In “Basic Classes” we limit the grappling to positional training and drilling of technique.

During our more advanced classes, students will match up with other students and grapple (roll) against each other and try to use what they have learned in class to control and submit their training partner. This is done in a safe, ego free environment and the goal is to help each other get better at Jiu-Jitsu. By training against a live resisting opponent every class, students improve quickly and are able to use what they have learned in real situations much faster than if they only drill the techniques statically.

After class students typically linger around the dojo, training and socializing together. By becoming a member of our school you will meet many new people and create friendships that will last a lifetime. It will become your extended family in many ways.

While the main focus of our academy is learning BJJ, students will also learn techniques from a variety of martial arts over the course of training. Techniques and drills from Wrestling, Judo, Traditional Jujitsu, Muay Thai and Boxing as well as conditioning skills from our certified CrossFit Trainers will add to the curriculum to create a well-rounded martial artist.

Whether your goals are to get in shape, lose weight, protect yourself or your family or compete in BJJ, Judo or MMA competitions we can help you achieve your goals!

Good luck and hope to see you on the mat!



Share this page