Is Jiu Jitsu a martial art?
Yes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger person by using leverage and proper technique.
Who started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, created Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In Brazil in the early 20th century, an amazing young man named Carlos Gracie was taught Jiu Jitsu by a Japanese master named Mitsuyo Maeda, nicknamed the “Conde Koma”. Carlos in turn taught it to his talented younger brother Helio Gracie and the other Gracie brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., and George. Throughout the decades and years, the “Gracie Challenge” proved the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Carlos and Helio Gracie pioneered and revolutionized ground fighting. They evolved the grappling techniques they learned from Conde Koma. Today, worldwide Jiujitsu competitions are common in every country in the world, and Jiujitsu is a main training discipline in MMA competitions such as the UFC. In fact without BJJ, MMA would probably not exist.
Is Jiu Jitsu difficult?
Not going to lie. Jiu Jitsu is difficult… but it is not impossible. Jiu Jitsu has something to offer for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds study Jiu Jitsu. All of them study and spar together under the same environment and conditions. Jiu Jitsu is a lifelong journey. You will enjoy great progress, but also setbacks and disappointments from time to time. The important thing is to never quit; to always continue your journey. The reality is that Jiu Jitsu is physically and mentally very demanding. But with time, the body and mind adapts.
What can I gain from BJJ?
Life-long friends, a community of brothers, self-defense knowledge, a strong mind and body, confidence, a feeling of accomplishment are just a few things you will gain. Transitioning to each belt is a significant achievement in of itself; from white to blue, blue to purple, purple to brown, and brown to black. Very few people who start Jiu Jitsu ever make it to black belt. To become a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is like successfully climbing Mount Everest… many try, but few make it. It requires an amazing amount of dedication, resilience and patience… the single most important thing Jiu Jitsu can teach you about life is: TO NOT QUIT!
When can I start?
You can start anytime. Just schedule your free intro class.
Is Jiu Jitsu safe?
In Jiu Jitsu we learn to “tap”. “Tapping” is extremely important to training. All students respect the “tap”; it means “let me go, you got me”. With the “tap”, it is possible to train safely at full speed. And as with all physical activities, there is a certain risk of injury, but our classes are very safe. You will learn fighting techniques designed to disable and incapacitate people, but apply these techniques in a controlled environment. Sparring involves using techniques and principles learned in class, but inappropriate behavior is not tolerated and all students are supervised by trained practitioners. All classes are indeed safe, if the rules are followed. That is the beauty of Jiu Jitsu. You can train realistically and at full speed without the fear of serious injury.
Am I required to purchase a gi?
Students must purchase a gi from the school, or obtain their own. The gi is the traditional uniform worn in training. All gis used in training must use the Montanha school patch.
Why do I need a gi?
Jiu Jitsu was designed for self-defense; to work on clothes (pants, jackets) and therefore a gi is necessary to learn the Jiu Jitsu techniques. Not only is it about tradition but also about the application of effective and proper Jiu Jitsu. The gi can be used a weapon to apply chokes, to trap and control an opponent. You will be amazed at how deep the technique involving a gi really is. Effective use of the gi can gain a student a significant advantage over a stronger opponent. In competitions, there are both gi and no-gi categories.