Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Frequently Asked Questions

A great place to learn BJJ on a high or beginners level! With a great instructor at the head of everything. I have been a mix martial artist for about 8 years now and this is seriously some of the best coaching I've ever had. Professor Lou knows how to make learning fun and easily accessible to anyone of any age or skill set. If you're looking for a place to start off your BJJ career or to continue growing this is definitely a place for you.

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Do you offer classes for beginners?

Our classes are open to all skill levels, beginner through advanced. Join our BJJ Fundamentals class three times a week to learn the basics in no time.

Do you teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu are both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu developed a strict structure for teaching Jiu Jitsu. However, Armezzani BJJ teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a fun, intense manor based on the battle-tested and honed techniques of Lou Armezzani and Tony Passos.

What is the belt system for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

For adults there are 5 belts; White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. For children the belts are White, Grey, Yellow, Orange, and Green. Each rank has four stripes before a promotion to the next belt level.

Is there a belt rank test and if so, do you charge testing fees?

No, there is no formal tests. Students who work hard, attend class regularly, and show proficiency in the moves being taught will be promoted. There is no additional promotion fees.

How do I receive promotion and how often?

Promotions are based upon professor Lou's assessment of their skills. This includes but is not limited to; consistency of training, ability to retain techniques learned, ability to apply techniques during live sparring. The ranking process in BJJ can be very subjective. Students are not promoted to a given belt level until they possess the skills that someone of that level should possess.

How long does it take to achieve the rank of Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

This varies from student to student. Generally it takes anywhere from 1-2 years, but there have been exceptions depending on the student’s prior training and natural abilities.

How long does it take to get a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

This also varies from person to person. Generally it takes upwards of 7-12 years if the student trains consistently during that whole time period, however, it’s completely subjective to the individual. There have been extraordinarily gifted individuals who have received their Black Belt in 2-3 years, but this is definitely an exception to the norm.

I want to become a MMA fighter do you teach MMA at your gym?

The primary focus at Armezzani BJJ is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ is an integral component in an MMA fighter’s skill set. Armezzani BJJ does offer a Striking for MMA class which focuses on striking techniques that most beneficial when integrated with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Unlike striking-only martial arts classes, Striking for MMA teaches students optimum position and techniques to effectively land blows from with mount, guard, side-control, etc. The skills learned in the Armezzani BJJ Striking for MMA class will significantly improve any MMA fighters game by closing the gap between striking and grappling. The Striking for MMA class also enhances the skillset of those who are learning BJJ for self-defense.

I am over 40 years old, am I too old to attend BJJ classes?

No, you are not too old. We have quite a few students who actively train and benefit from BJJ who are 40-70+ years old. It is one of the best sports to get you in shape.

How often should I train?

Some train as little as once a week, however BJJ students typically get better each and every time they step on the mat. If you are looking to excel quickly, mat-time is key. We offer 2-5 classes every day of the week to accommodate most schedules.

Is jiu-jitsu safe for kids?

Yes. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does not involve any striking and focuses on take-downs, falling, grips, controls, and submissions which are highly effective for neutralizing, controlling, and restraining opponents. While training, we encourage kids to tap quickly once they feel pressure or are uncomfortable. Our instructors do not tolerate any nonsense or behaviour that may put another student’s well-being at risk. If your child is recovering from any injuries, let us know and we will accommodate their needs.

What happens in a typical BJJ class?

Normally warm-up includes two to four exercises that also benefit Jiu Jitsu techniqes, such as shrimping and break-falls.

The instructor will normally show between one to three techniques, which are drilled with a partner.

Situational Sparring
This includes live or semi-live sparring starting for a particular position, typically related to the taught technique.

Live Sparring
Live sparring usually consists of 2-5 minute rounds where students train with each other at full speed/strength. Students are encouraged to implement techniques from the class into their live sparring.

I'm a woman: is BJJ right for me?

BJJ is an excellent choice for women. It significantly improves ones physical fitness and mental awareness while teaching them the best self-defense art in the world. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches how to defend against larger, stronger opponents, especially when the battle goes to the ground. BJJ gives students the ability to fight comfortably and effectively from any position on the ground. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques are highly effective for neutralizing, controlling, and restraining opponents.

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