Frequently Asked Questions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Q: What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

A: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art – it is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him or her to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of BJJ is performed on the ground, using the skill of taking an opponent down to the mats and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless or submitted. BJJ has similarities with Judo and other ground based grappling martial arts.

Q: I am new to martial arts is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for me?

A: Our classes are open to all skill levels, We welcome beginners, we all had to start somewhere. There is always higher level practitioners on hand to help the beginners build their foundation in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Q: I am a bit out of shape, is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for me?

A: Yes, BJJ is great for fitness. Many students notice vast improvements in their physical well being and see weight loss results because of BJJ.

Q: How do I join Boxmoor BJJ?

A: For more info on joining please contact us via Facebook. If you are not a Facebook user there is a phone number on the contact page.

Q: what is a Gi?

A: A Gi is the suit worn by practitioners of BJJ. Don’t worry if you don’t have one at the start, just wear some loose fitting sports clothing.

Q: I want to become a Mixed Martial Arts fighter do you teach MMA at your gym?

A: The main focus of our gym is the instruction of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However BJJ is an integral component of an MMA fighter’s skill set. We also offer ‘no Gi’ classes which teach the ground game skills required to become a well rounded MMA fighter.

Q: What is the belt system for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

A: There are 5 belts; White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. Each rank has up to 4 stripes (degrees) before promotion to the next belt level.

Q: Am I too old to attend BJJ classes?

A: No, there is no age limit. As long as you make sure to work within your own abilities and give yourself time to recover you will do great! Remember, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is based on technique and leverage, not athleticism or youth.

Q: I have injuries, can I train BJJ with my physical limitations?

A: This is up to you. The art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. We can work around any limitations that you may have, as long as you make the instructors aware of any exercises, drills, or techniques that are causing pain or discomfort. You won’t be asked to do anything you can’t do or don’t feel comfortable with.

Q: Where are you based?

A: We are based in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.

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