North Broadway Jiu Jitsu & Fitness  

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Q: I've never done a martial art before. Is Jiu Jitsu for me?

A: Yes. We have an extensive beginner program including 8 beginner and basic technique classes per week. The techniques will be shown to you slowly so that you can comprehend them and practice with your partner.

Q: What is Jiu Jitsu?

A: The Brazilian style of Jiu Jitsu was adapted from the Japanese and given a focus of ground fighting as it applies to arm locks, choke holds, leg locks and controlling your opponent. At North Broadway Jiu Jitsu, we combine the take downs of Judo and wrestling with Jiu Jitsu to develop well rounded grapplers.

Q: What are the general rules of the Jiu Jitsu class?

A: There are only 3 basic rules. #1. Donít talk during class although questions are always welcome. When working on techniques with a partner, a little conversation is necessary to clarify the movements with each other and ask questions about the technique with your partner. This is different than openly talking about events not related to technique class. #2. Ask before you get a drink of water or step off the mat. #3. Defer all questions to the highest ranking belt in the room.

Q: Am I going to get beat up on my first day?

A: No. Nobody ever has to fight anybody. Sparring classes are optional. The technique classes are just that, technique, not sparring. In technique class, the instructor will show a technique and then you will practice it for 5-10 minutes and then learn a new technique and practice.

Q: I am in terrible shape. Can I do Jiu Jitsu or Fight Fit?

A: Yes. In the Jiu Jitsu class, you can start with technique classes. In technique classes we have no warm up and no sparring. You will work the techniques with a partner. While this is a workout, it is not nearly as tough as sparring. In Fight Fit, the instructor will give you exercises and you will perform them to the best of your ability and at your pace. Nobody will yell at you if you don't complete a certain number of exercises in a certain amount of time. During Fight Fit, you can drink water whenever you like and don't have to ask before you get a drink.

Q: What is the difference between the basics and beginner class?

A: Both classes are great for someone without any knowledge of Jiu Jitsu. In the Basics class, we will breakdown 1 position for the entire hour as well as variations on that position. We will also demonstrate each position before we break out with partners and work on it. In Beginner class, the majority of the movements will be demonstrated, but the students may be asked to work on a certain basic movement without a demonstration. Those who need help with the movement will be paired up with a more advanced student and the instructor will walk around and help..

Q: Should I come to training if I'm sick?

A: If you are sick, please donít come to class.

Q: Am I required to come to class?

A: No. Once you join the club, you are free to come and go as you please. Some people come every day and some people come once a week. It is totally up to you.

Q: Are you guys all a bunch of meatheads looking to beat up unbelievers?

A: No, we are a great group of guys and everyone has a good attitude. We have several who compete in tournaments but very few MMA fighters. The majority of our people are here to get in great shape and learn Jiu Jitsu and self defense.

Q: Do you give military discounts?

A: No, but we have a program for wounded veterans, Fighting for Warriors. Veterans with physical or emotional wounds can train at our gym for free.

Q: What are the prices?

A: Please call for pricing.

Q: When do I get my next belt?

A: It depends on the person. Everyone has a different level of ability. The belts start at white then blue, purple, brown, black. You will get 4 stripes on each belt and then be eligible for the next belt. The blue belt can be attained in 2-5 years, depending on the individual.

Q: How do I get my next belt?

A: When you are able to demonstrate the techniques against a person struggling with 100% of their strength, you will be given stripes on your belt. Once you accumulate 4 stripes, you are eligible for the next belt.

Q: Do I have to spar?

A: No. Nobody has to spar. We have separate technique classes and sparring classes. Once you are a member, you decide which classes you want to come to. In our technique classes, we don't do a warm up and we don't spar. We learn technique for an entire hour.

Q: What are the ages of the kids and teens class?

A: Ages 5-17. Once a student is 16, they have the option of joining the adult class as well.

Q: Do I have to move fast to practice all these moves?

A: Most techniques are learned by moving slower, not faster.

Q: I should be using 100% of my strength, right?

A: No, Jiu Jitsu is leverage and technique. We back up good technique with strength. To use strength only is not correct.

Q: How do I refer to Bryan or any instructor?

A: Please call him Bryan. Refer to any other instructors by their first name.

Q: How do I ask for clarification on a movement?

A: If you are having trouble with a movement and your partner canít help you, you can ask for clarification from the instructor. We always defer questions to the person with the highest ranking belt in the room at the time. It is considered bad form to offer instruction or advice with an upper belt in the room. If a student wishes to show a technique, ask the highest ranking member in the room if you may show a specific technique. That being said, when we are partnered up working on techniques, it is ok to ask questions to your partner about the technique. If you still canít figure out the technique, ask the instructor or highest ranking belt in the room.

Q: How do I get better?

A: Come to class as often as you can.

Q: What is an omaplata?

A: Omaplata is portuguese for "shoulder lock".

Q: What to wear/bring?

A: On your first day of Jiu Jitsu class you do not need a uniform or Gi. We have gis at the school and will have one for you to borrow or purchase on the first day. Or, you can participate in the Jiu Jitsu class in normal workout gear (shorts, t-shirts or sweats) for your trial period. If you are participating in kickboxing or Fight Fit, the normal attire is shorts or sweats and a workout shirt.

Q: Can i do BJJ even if I'm out of shape?

A: Yes, and if you continue on a regular basis, you will get in shape! We have 13 technique classes per week that are just that, technique. There is no warm-up and no sparring. It is strictly 1 hour of learning movements. You can participate in these classes at any fitness level

Q: Is it a good fit for children/women?

A: Yes, Jiu Jitsu is great for women and children. The principles of Jiu Jitsu are based on technique and leverage, not on strength and speed. As you get better with the techniques, you can use them against bigger and stronger opponents.

Q: General hygiene concerns?

A: Due to the intimate nature of Jiu Jitsu, good hygiene is critical. If your uniform is not clean, you will be asked to leave. Also, a person should maintain good personal hygiene.

Q: How does Jiu Jitsu compare to other martial arts?

A: Jiu Jitsu has proven itself to be the most effective ground fighting system in the world. Since the majority of real fights involve grappling and usually go to the ground, Jiu Jitsu is considered by many to be the most effective system of self defense.

Q: How does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu compare to 10th planet Jiu Jitsu and Gracie Jiu Jitsu?

A: They are all forms of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gracie family and their affiliates are the only ones that can use the term Gracie Jiu Jitsu. 10th Planet is a system developed by Eddie Bravo. Eddie is a brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.

Q: How often can I train/should I train?

A: If you are a member at North Broadway, you are free to come to every Jiu Jitsu class on the schedule. You are not required to come to any class, but are welcome at every class. As a new person, I would come to as many technique classes as possible. When you are ready you can come to sparring class. No one is required to spar.

Q: What is the mat/school etiquette?

A: Our school is more casual. Only the kids are required to bow during their class. Everyone refers to the instructor by his first name

Q: How hard/intense should i go?

A: Jiu Jitsu is a game of technique and position, not strength and speed. The more stength and speed you are using, the less Jiu Jitsu.

Q: What moves are illegal/legal'?

A: Illegal moves during sparring include neck cranks, single joint manipulation, slams and heel hooks. As students get more experienced, we will let them incorporate more advanced foot attacks.

Q: While watching a sparring class I noticed that people were starting from the knees. How should i start on knees, what are my options?

A: When starting Jiu Jitsu sparring, we often start from our knees for space purposes. Also, since the focus of Jiu Jitsu is the ground submission and control, we donít care if we get the takedown or get taken down. We focus on the submission regardless of position. Usually, one person will work on their guard (bottom) position while the other person is trying to pass and submit. A person can move in any direction while on their knees (forward, backward, and side to side) in order to gain the upper hand on the opponent to obtain the more dominant position.