Frequently asked questions

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 techniques. Most of all you will enjoy yourself.

I am 51 years old, am I too old to start?

No, you are not too old to begin training. BJJ regularly has students start from adolecense through their 70's and older. BJJ is a practical and effective martial art that is fun and easy on the body. If you turn up you will love it and become addicted. This will change your life for the better.

What is the difference between Judo and BJJ?

They both started in the same place, Jigoro Kano Sensei in 1882, but went in slightly different directions. Judo stayed in Japan and went on to become an Olympic sport. BJJ or Brazilian JuJitsu evovled in Brazil then went worldwide mainly due to its success in the UFC. Basically Judo focuses on the throwing with some ground work. BJJ is the opposite, a bit of throwing or takedowns to get the opponent to the ground, then submit them. Judo emphasises takedowns whilst BJJ emphases finishing on the ground. Both have their place.

I am very busy with my work schedule, how much time do I need to devote to classes?

Two classes are week are recommended, if its less than that you will be fine. The more you do the more addicted you will become.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

Its like asking how long is a peice of string. Many never make it but putting on a white belt is more than most will ever do. It really depends on the person and the hours on the mat.

Should I choose BJJ or Judo?

You can try both and decide for yourself. Judo is far more dynamic in general and is recommended for the young when beginning we believe. If you are a little older start with some BJJ as is far easier on the body. For the very young, 4 - 6 years old, its basically the same as this age group is game based, learning coordination etc.

Why Judo/BJJ for kids?

- Judo is the safest contact sport for children under 13 years of age. (Source: American college of sports medicine).
- Judo is the best training sport for children from 5 to 12 years of age. (Source: World Health organization).
- Judo is the second most complete sport that exists. (Source: International Olympic Committee, 2000).
- Judo is the best initial sport to train children and young people from 4 to 21 years of age. (Source: UNESCO 2017).
- Judo is, after rowing, physical exercise with the highest calorie consumption: 363 calories for 1/2 hour. (Source: World Health organization).

In addition to the psychological benefits we have seen in the dojo is an: increase in self-confidence, resorption of behavior disorder at home and school, development of motor and cognitive skills, lessening of too much energy.
Not to mention the concepts of self-defence which they acquire and which they can use when needed throughout their lives.

Do you have classes for women?

We do not have seperate classes yet but we will. In the mean time coming to the general classes is not an issue. BJJ is an excellent self defence and will give you the confidence and strength to assist you if you ever require it.

I am getting bullied, will this help?

100% it will. This is a hands on practical application. You will be more confident and stronger than you currently are. If you are the bully then this will humble you.