Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ?
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling martial art that utilizes technique and leverage to impose strangleholds and joint locks while on the ground, allowing a person to defend him or herself effectively against a stronger and larger opponent. While many hand-to-hand martial arts rely on strikes using speed and power, Brazilian jiu-jitsu takes a different approach: speed and power are not a requirement and are oftentimes not necessary. Rather than relying on strikes, BJJ emphasizes closing the distance between you and your opponent and taking him or her to the ground where technique and leverage can be used to apply submissions or strike more efficiently.
What does Jiu-Jitsu mean?
Jiu-Jitsu translates to “the gentle art” because it utilizes leverage and balance rather than force and strength.
What is the difference between Classical/Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
There are many differences. The main difference is that BJJ focuses more on ground grappling while Classical Jiu-Jitsu places a greater emphasis on standing grappling and striking. All types of Jiu-Jitsu are based on submitting your opponent; however, BJJ is the only form of Jiu-Jitsu that heavily emphasizes on the positional strategy of using the submission only when one has obtained a dominant position over the opponent.
What can BJJ and your school do for me?
BJJ is a highly effective form of self-defense that promotes a healthy lifestyle through numerous side benefits, including exercise, flexibility, self-confidence, discipline, and structure. Adding BJJ to your routine can help you get in shape, gain confidence, and release stress, all while forming a network of like-minded people sure to motivate and inspire you. Our academies not only excel in this great martial art, but offer a safe, friendly, and family-style atmosphere that many of our students consider their second home.
Do I need to be in shape to learn BJJ?
We are proud to cater to all fitness levels at Gloglo BJJ and have many students whose exercise routines were limited or non-existent prior to joining the academy. Our team will ensure a progressive and gradual plan to help you acclimate to our programs while achieving your fitness goals. Training in Jiu-Jitsu will also focus on muscle strengthening, endurance, cardio, and flexibility.
Am I too old to train?
We have students of all ages, each with different goals in mind. Whether you are 4 or 70, our classes and programs are designed to provide results at any age and are enjoyed by both younger and older students.
Do you offer classes for kids and at what age do you start?
Yes. Currently, we offer kids classes, and enroll students as young as four years old.
What are some of the physical benefits of training Jiu-Jitsu?
BJJ will improve balance, coordination, flexibility, cardiovascular capacity, and muscular endurance.
Is BJJ beneficial for women?
Absolutely. BJJ is excellent for rape prevention and other forms of self-defense necessary for women since most attacks occur on the ground. Also, because jiu-jitsu was designed for smaller people, women will not find their smaller stature a hindrance.
What are the Belt Rankings in Jiu-Jitsu?
As with other martial arts, the progress of a student is marked with a series of colored belts. Unlike other martial arts where Black Belt marks a person’s proficiency in a style, in BJJ the rank of Black Belt is conferred to individuals who have mastered the art of BJJ. The belts are: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black if you are over the age of 16. The ranks for children are different. Blue belt and higher ranks have age requirements so children have the following ranks beginning with White, Grey, Yellow, Orange and Green. Each belt has four stripes. These belts are utilized until age 15.
How long does it take to earn a black belt?
Although this varies for each individual, it usually takes between 6 and 15 years to attain the rank of Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. The Black Belt is only awarded to individuals 19 years or older.
What is a Gi and why do I need to wear one?
A Gi (referred to in Brazil as a Kimono) is the uniform that is typically worn when training Jiu-Jitsu. It consists of 3 pieces: a jacket (or top), pants and a belt. The material in which the three pieces are made is specially reinforced to withstand the rigors of daily practice. Many Jiu-Jitsu players regard their Gi in the same way a knight would their armor. Most practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu who advocate the usage of the Gi cites the more technical aspect of grappling with a Gi. You will wear a Gi because it serves as a teaching tool for developing a strong grip, balance, and control. Fighting with the Gi requires a high level of precision and attention to detail- two tools essential for good Jiu-Jitsu. In addition, the Gi creates a lot of friction in between you, your opponent and the ground, helping your stamina and overall conditioning.
What is a typical class like?
We begin each class with light calisthenics. Following the warm-up period, we then begin drilling techniques. These drills when done over and over help form muscle memory and help our students retain the technique. After our drilling is completed, we begin to spar (roll). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight.
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