I’m not sure if Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be right for me. Is there any way I can try a class before signing-up?

YES! You can try out one of our Jiu-Jitsu classes for FREE before signing up for the program. Contact our staff to schedule an appointment to try out your first class.

I don’t own a gi. Do I need to buy one to try out the class?

No. We will lend you one of our gis for your trial class.

What should I expect my first class?

Our classes are dynamic and can change every week. Class typically consists of a warm-up which could include cardio work, stretching, or movement drills followed by the instructor demonstrating the technique of the week. Class ends with live grappling, also known as 'rolling'. The instructor will typically pair you up with someone who is more experienced so that they can work with you and guide you through the rolling process.

I’m not exactly in the best physical shape/I’m a little older/I’m a woman. When I’m in class, will I have training partners who will be willing to work with me?

Yes. Our students at Refuge BJJ range from all ages and are men and women of all different shapes, sizes, and levels. You will see that finding someone to train with who is comparable in shape, size, and age is not hard at all. We also have many higher ranked students who will be able to work with you in a way where you can be challenged, but still go at a pace that you will feel comfortable with.

I’m not sure if I will be able to keep up with the pace of the class. Do I need to be in shape before I start taking classes?

No. As you participate in class, you will develop your cardio and endurance through the regular training. Weight loss, muscle development, coordination and overall better physical fitness are just SOME of the rewards that come from training Jiu-Jitsu.

I’m just looking to get in shape/learn self-defense/learn something new and I don’t think I want to compete. Will my training be different/will I not receive the same attention because I do not intend on being a competitor?

Absolutely not. We understand that not everyone plans to be a fighter or competitor, but you will still receive the training and attention as if you were one of our competitors. Whether your goal is to lose weight, learn to defend yourself, or compete, the techniques and skills you will learn will always be detailed and relevant.

What is the basic etiquette while in class?

These are some general rules to follow during training:

  • Proper hygiene
    • Keep your uniform clean
    • Finger and toe nails must be trimmed short
    • Please notify an instructor immediately if you have any lesions or spots on the skin
  • Avoid foul language
  • Respect everyone
    • When training be aware of your surroundings and give space to the higher ranking students
    • Always bow or shake hands before and after rolling
    • Refrain from horseplay, talking, and interrupting while your instructor is teaching
  • No shoes, gum, food, or drink on the mat
  • Be on time for class. If late, wait for instructor permission to join the class