What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art focused on ground fighting. It was created to help the smaller, weaker person defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. Here’s a good introductory video to BJJ.
Am I too old to start training jiu-jitsu?
Definitely not. This is our most frequently asked question and the answer is a resounding “No”. We have students who only began training in their mid-40s and in the world of jiu jitsu there are many practitioners who are much older. The important thing is to just get started.
I’m worried about being smashed/thrown to the wolves
This absolutely will not happen. All our members are friendly, helpful and supportive and will adjust according to your ability. We do not tolerate any aggressive attitudes or disrespectful behaviour in our classes. Respect is earned here through dedication to training and a friendly and polite attitude inside and outside the dojo.
When are your classes?
Monday to Friday: 7pm to 8.30pm. Saturday (open session): 11am – 1pm.
How much do classes cost?
Classes are £7 per session or you can pay a monthly fee for unlimited sessions. Speak to our instructor Phil for details.
Do you welcome complete beginners?
Absolutely – we were all beginners once. Come to any of our Monday to Friday sessions. We’re a competitive but friendly gym and you will be looked after!
Do you offer kids classes?
Not specifically but we will try to accommodate younger students where possible. We prefer that children under 15 be accompanied by an adult. The reason is more practical than anything else with kids requiring more supervision. And, whilst we are a friendly gym, it can be overwhelming for kids to be in a class full of adults.
Do you have women-only classes?
No. We are a mixed gym where men and women from all different backgrounds train together and everyone is treated with respect, helped and made to feel welcome.
What do I need to wear?
To begin with, you can train in any martial arts gi that you may have. Failing that, shorts/track suit bottom (without zips as they will scratch our mats) and a t-shirt/top (that you don’t mind getting damaged) is fine in the beginning. If you decide jiu jitsu is for you, you can order a gi from us at a later date.
Do you train MMA?
No. We specialise in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self-defence techniques.
Do you train gi or no-gi?
We primarily train gi jiu-jitsu.