F.A.Q.

What should I wear and what equipment do I need for my first class?
Dress to sweat. Don’t wear anything with zippers and make sure you and your clothes are clean. Also make sure your finger and toenails are cut short. And unless you plan on just hitting the bags, have with you at least a mouthguard and a cup/groin protector. You can purchase these items in any sporting goods department or our pro-shop for a few dollars. Any other gear we can lend you for your free week.

I’m out of shape, should I get in better shape before I join?
Everyone that comes here improves their shape by leaps and bounds. We will, without question, get you in the best shape of your life—don’t be shy or intimidated. Some of our best fighters began as fat people. And just know that this stuff is hard for everyone at first. You’ll safely go at your own pace until you get your legs.

What are your classes like?
The best way to find out about what our classes are like is to try them– that’s why we offer a FREE WEEK of training to everyone. Briefly though, all off our classes include a warm-up, some functional drills, conditioning and then focus on building technical skills and sparring practice.

Is your gym just for fighters?
No. The majority or our members are people that join just to stay in shape and to learn something practical, fun and interesting. In fact, only a select few are permitted to represent our gym in MMA competition.

Are there any females that train at this gym?
Absolutely! We have some amazing females that train here. In fact, we have some lean, mean butt-kicking machines that can teach the men a few things on the mats. If you’re a female, don’t be scared to get into the best shape of your life and learn to kick some butt while you’re at it! We have a great, friendly training environment here that women really enjoy.

I’m new to this, am I going to get beaten up?
Of course not– our veteran members and fighters have better things to do with their training time than to beat you up. If you’ve experienced this at another gym than you went to the wrong place– we don’t have children running this gym. You’ll notice right away that everyone here is welcoming and helpful. The training can get challenging but our club’s attitude is definitely not.

Are there any new beginners?
We always have new beginners.

Do I have to spar if I don’t want to?
Of course not- nobody is ever forced to do anything they don’t want to do. We have many members that opt not to spar—you can always hit the bags or work on something else during sparring sessions.

I have some injuries, could I do this?
What you can and cannot do really depends on your training goals and the type and severity of your injuries. The good news is that every sport we practice here can be done with low intensity and minimal contact if you so choose. Nobody is ever forced to spar or do something they cannot or do not want to do. All of our members have their own unique goals and reasons for training. Let us know exactly the type of injury you have and we’ll let you know what we feel comfortable with you doing while under our supervision.

Do you sell gear?
Yes we do! We sell gear and apparel at the best possible prices.

Do you have Air Conditioning?
Yes we do! We have a terrific, climate controlled facility.

I’ve been to some dirty gyms. How often do you clean your mats?
A gym with poor cleanliness is a reflection of an instructor with little respect for his students and a poor attention to detail. Nasty, cheap mats and poor air quality are a real health hazard, let alone disgusting. Our mats are cleaned and sanitized everyday, often times twice per day. We also have a state-of-the-art air filtration system. Look at it this way- in a year, our members produce enough sweat to flood our facility from floor to ceiling! Our facility would be absolutely trashed in just a few days if we didn’t devote the time, money and resources that we do to keeping the place spic-and-span!

Do you have a shower facility?
Yes we do! We have great locker room with private change-rooms and private showers.

Will I get coaching or do I have to just learn things on my own?
This question never ceases to amaze me— why on earth would anyone join a gym or martial arts academy that leaves you to learn things for yourself? Save your money people and hit up Youtube! In our gym, you will never be left alone to fend for yourself. Our coaches work hard to make sure you learn and improve your game every time you are here. The training experience of every one of our members and guests is important to us.

Are coaches available for private lessons?
Yes they are. Contact us to schedule an appointment with any one of our coaches.

Can I get certified rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Absolutely. Not only will you get Black Belt instruction here, you will receive certified Jiu-Jitsu rank and work towards earning your own Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt.

How long does it take to earn a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt?
It really depends on the individual’s level of talent, commitment and work ethic. On average, it takes about 8-10 years if you are training regularly. In fact, we have two certified Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt instructors here– something that is very rare in this region.

Is there striking/punching to the head?
Not for children. For adults, yes there is— Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA involve head contact. Training these sports without the context of striking to the head is not being practical. Training conditions need to be realistic in order to develop a proper skill set. That being said— it’s important to know that training and fighting are very different practices. Training involves exercising discipline, cooperation and the use of proper safety equipment. You will learn how to move and defend your head. And rest assured, “head-hunting” or “swinging for the fences” does not happen in this gym— this isn’t your cousin’s garage fightclub. You must always wear a proper headgear, mouthguard and training gloves while drilling and sparring.

How long would it take for me to be ready to fight in MMA?
It depends on the individual. People have varying degrees of talent, athleticism, determination and coachability. That being said, we do not throw our competitors into a cage unless we’re convinced they are ready to dominate their opponents. It can take as long as two years of training before your first MMA bout. MMA competition is dangerous and it is not something we take lightly. If you’re expecting to fight MMA within a few months of training, go to another gym that doesn’t understand the sport. On the other hand, you will be encouraged to compete in grappling/jiu-jitsu, amateur boxing and amateur kickboxing as soon as you choose.

Do you practice leg locks?
Absolutely. Leglocks are an important element to grappling and Jiu-Jitsu. Avoiding leglock training is irresponsible– they’re in the rule book, so you need to learn how to deal with them effectively. If practiced correctly, leglocks are no more dangerous than any other submission hold. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lazy, misinformed or has holes in their Jiu-Jitsu game that they don’t want you to expose. Sure, the knee joint is complex and vulnerable, but knowing when it is in danger and how to keep it safe only comes from training.

Do you practice takedowns?
Absolutely. Takedowns are critical. Practicing Jiu-Jitsu or ground-fighting without ever practicing how to take a fight to the ground is silly and short-sighted. Anyone that is serious about their training must practice takedowns and takedown defense. We wrestle and do judo.