What are some frequently asked questions(FAQ) about BJJ?

What makes BJJ different from other martial arts?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fundamentally differs from other martial arts in that it focuses on close-range grappling rather than striking. Disciplines like Tae Kwon Do and Karate emphasize strength and speed to deliver damage, but those things don’t matter when you’re on your back. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu emphasizes precise technique and leverage to overcome even larger, stronger opponents once the fight has been taken to the ground.

What’s a gi?

A gi is the uniform that is typically worn when training BJJ and Judo. 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 training, thereby allowing students to practice techniques like collar chokes which could damage their normal clothing. Many Jiu Jitsu players regard their gi in the same way a knight would their armor. At Fight Prime, we train BJJ with the gi, and BJJ without the gi during different classes to help our students learn broader technical skills for BJJ, self-defense and MMA situations.

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 a black belt attests to a person’s proficiency in a style, in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the black belt is conferred to individuals who have mastered the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The order of belts is white, blue, purple, brown, and black. Often schools mark a student’s progress toward the next belt level with a series of four stripes attached to the student’s current belt. The ranks for children are different. Blue Belt and higher ranks have age requirements, so white, yellow, orange, and green belts are utilized until age 16. Black Belts are typically awarded one stripe every three years up to ten stripes. Typically, Black Belt instructors are not allowed to promote others to the rank of Black Belt until they receive their first stripe.

How long until I get my black belt?

Typically, it takes anywhere from 8 to 15 years to attain the rank of Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu. Each belt (with the exception of blue) takes about 2-5 years of dedicated practice; Blue Belt can often be attained in about a year of dedicated study.

Is Jiu Jitsu safe?

At FightPrime Training Center, safety is paramount. While accidents can happen (as in any martial art or sport), carefulness and calmness during training greatly reduce the risk of injury.

Who can learn Jiu Jitsu?

Practically anyone can utilize the techniques of Helio and Carlos Gracie, who weighed no more than 135 lbs each when they developed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The core principle of Jiu Jitsu is to allow smaller, weaker individuals to protect themselves from larger, stronger attackers.

Is BJJ good exercise?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than ordinary aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while rolling provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce your body fat while improving your balance, bodily coordination, cardiovascular capacity, and muscular endurance.

What’s a typical class like?

We begin class with calisthenics and stretching. Following warm-up, we drill technique for about half an hour. These drills form muscle memory and help our students retain technique. After our drilling is completed, we spar (or roll) for another half hour. In sparring, students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight.

How do I get started ?

We invite you to try out a class for free. Please contact us to get started.