Frequently Asked Questions

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ, is a grappling-based martial art that focuses on chokes and joint locks in lieu of strikes. Known as “the gentle art,” BJJ was designed to allow a smaller practitioner to subdue a larger opponent by utilizing leverage, strategy, and superior technique. In addition to being one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, it is widely considered to be the most effective form of self-defense.

Do I Need Experience Before Joining?

At Sapateiro Jiu-Jitsu, we welcome people of all experience levels! In fact, we offer a complimentary private lesson to those without any experience to prepare them for any of our classes. Ask about your complimentary private session!

Do I Need To Be In Shape?

Absolutely not! In fact, BJJ is a great workout, and you will see a dramatic improvement in your physical fitness just by coming to class.

Do I Need To Compete?

We do not require, nor expect our students to compete. However, there will be ample opportunities year-round to participate in local tournaments, and many students find that preparing for competition is a fun, challenging, and rewarding experience.

What Should I Wear To Class?

The traditional BJJ uniform (known as the “gi” or “kimono”) should be worn to all gi classes. It is recommended that a t-shirt or rash guard is worn underneath the gi top. A t-shirt or rash guard with grappling shorts, board shorts, spats, or gi pants is appropriate attire for no-gi class.