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FAQ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground
fighting. It originated in Brazil and is based on techniques from judo and Japanese jiu-jitsu.


What are the benefits of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can provide numerous benefits, including physical fitness, stress relief, self-
defense skills, improved flexibility and coordination, increased confidence, and a sense of


Do I need to be in good shape to start training BJJ?
No, you do not need to be in good shape to start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ is a physically
demanding sport, but it can be adapted to different levels of fitness and experience.


What equipment do I need to start training BJJ?
To start training BJJ, you will need a gi (a special uniform used in BJJ), a belt, and possibly some
protective gear such as a mouthguard and rashguard.


Can women train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Yes, women can and do train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ is a sport that can be practiced by people of all
ages, genders, and body types.


Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu safe?
As with any contact sport, there is a risk of injury when training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. However, when
practiced at our Academy you are under the guidance of a qualified instructor and takes proper
safety precautions. Thus, BJJ is can be considered a safe sport.


What is the belt system in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
The belt system in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is similar to other martial arts, with colored belts representing
different levels of proficiency. The order of belts in BJJ is white, blue, purple, brown, and black.


How long does it take to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

The time it takes to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu varies depending on the individual and the
training schedule. On average, it can take between 10-15 years of consistent training and
competition to earn a black belt.


Is there a competitive aspect to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Yes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has a competitive aspect and is often practiced as a sport. Competitions are
held at all levels, from local tournaments to international championships.


How do I find a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym or instructor?
To find a BJJ gym or instructor, you can start by doing an online search or asking for
recommendations from friends who train in BJJ. You can also check with the International Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) for a list of registered schools and instructors.


What can I expect in a typical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class?

A typical BJJ class will usually begin with a warm-up, followed by instruction and practice of
techniques and drills, and finally some live rolling (sparring) with partners. The exact structure of the
class may vary depending on the instructor that day and the level of the students you are training


Can I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu without competing?
Yes, you can train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu without competing. While competition is a major aspect of BJJ for
many practitioners, it is not required and many people train purely for self-defense, fitness, and
enjoyment of the sport. However, it may hamper your ability or the time it takes to progress through
the belt system as it requires you to assess your skills in live sparring.


Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu effective for self-defense?
Yes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is considered a highly effective form of self-defense, particularly in situations
where the fight goes to the ground. BJJ techniques can enable a smaller, weaker person to defend
themselves against a larger, stronger attacker.


What are some common mistakes to avoid when starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Some common mistakes to avoid when starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu include overtraining, neglecting to
warm up properly, failing to tap out when caught in a submission, and becoming discouraged by slow


Can children train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Yes, children can and do train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Many BJJ schools offer classes specifically for
children, and BJJ can be a great way for kids to improve their fitness, self-confidence, and self-
defense skills.


Is it necessary to spar (roll) in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Sparring (rolling) is an important part of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as it allows practitioners to
practice their techniques in a live, dynamic setting. However, the frequency and intensity of sparring
can vary depending on the instructor and the level of the students.

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