Frequently Asked Questions
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?/What is BJJ?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ as it's commonly referred as, is a form of self defense using leverage and technique to first, survive and second, counter. Then to gain a dominant position and be able to finish the fight. If applied correctly the smaller, weaker person can defeat a larger, stronger opponent by using that technique and leverage commonly by way of joint-locks and chokeholds. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters may compete in tournaments (Gi and No-Gi) and Mixed Martial Arts competitions. Sparring, or 'rolling' as it's commonly referred to, is a way to practice live drilling with a friendly combatant in a non-threatening environment. It's a way to practice techniques taught in class with real-world application.
What kind of equipment do I need for BJJ?
- Traditionally, BJJ is practiced wearing a Gi/Kimono.
- A mouth guard is used to protect ones mouth and teeth from injury.
- Rash guards are nice to have to prevent chafing under the gi/kimono.
Do I need headgear?
- Most practitioners do not wear headgear, but we're not going to stop you if you'd like to wear it.
Where can I get a Gi?
- There are many places to get a Gi. They are readily available online. MMA Warehouse is a great place to look.
Do I need to get a belt when I buy a Gi?
- Yes. Most Gi's don't come with belts. Get a white belt :)
How does the BJJ ranking system work?
- The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system is based on colored belts (worn as part of the uniform) to signify increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill. Starting with White then Blue, Purple, Brown and Black.
Will I get hurt doing BJJ?
- As with all contact sports, the potential for injury is always there. We at Absolute MMA pride ourselves in our low injury-to-fun ratio. The American College of Sports Medicine ranks Martial Arts training very high in regards to safety over many of our countries nationally recognized Sports.
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai boxing is the national sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking, inclusive of punching, kicks, knees and elbows, along with various clinching techniques. We use it as a form of self defense from a stand-up strking perspective. It also has applications in Mixed Martial Arts.
What is the difference between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a form of ground fight and is all grappling, no striking, generaly practiced on a padded mat. Muay Thai is a striking art that uses very little to no grappling and is done standing upright on your feet.
Do I need experience to train here?
No. We are a skill based learning facility. Our staff are trained professionals with experience in teaching these skill-sets to people with no experience.
If I train here do I need to become a fighter?
No. The majority of our team is comprised of people seeking fitness, weight loss, self defense, strength, agility, mental and physical stimulation and gerally just a form of recreation, exercise and fun!.
Can I use this for self defense?
Yes! Our program stresses self defense as our primary concern. Both of our primary programs, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, were originally developed as self defense systems.
Do I need to be strong to do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and/or Muay Thai?
No, not at all. Strength is gained through the practice of the techniques taught in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and is not requisite prior to enrolling.
What if I have experience in a different martial art?
Great! Your body mechanics, fitness, agility, and timing will directly translate into either Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. While the techniques may be different, previous physical training is always a bonus.
I've played other team sports, but not BJJ or Muay Thai. Is this for me?
See previous answer.
Do I have to be in shape to start training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and/or Muay Thai?
No, Our program welcomes all ages and skill levels. As a result of getting started you see an increase in energy levels and overall awareness with in the first 6 weeks. Physical fitness is not a pre-requisite to start training at Absolute MMA. It is a result of consistent, deliberate effort and hard work and dedication. Getting in shape is a natural outcome of both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There's no need to join a fitness center to get ready to join Absolute MMA.
Can I lose weight doing BJJ and/or Muay Thai?
Absoluteley! Many Absolute MMA team members have had phenominal sucess with weight loss as a result of their BJJ and Muay Thai training here. Many of them were/are members of a fitness center and saw little results before coming to Absolute MMA.
Is BJJ/Muay Thai for women?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is especially effective as a form of self defense for women. Many of our female members really enjoy the punching a kicking in our Muay Thai classes as well, as it does not require greater strength to be effective.
Is BJJ/Muay Thai for kids?
Indoubidably! Absolute MMA has a top-notch kids program. According to parents, some of the benefits children gain by training here include: increased self confidence, improved social interaction, bully awareness and improved concentration and focus. As well as phycial fitness, agility, strength and flexibility. Our kids program is based on self defense which enables children to survive both mentally and physically in our increasingly difficult school systems.
Is there an age limit for BJJ/Muay Thai?
Nope. Grand Master Flavio Behring, head of the Behring Jiu Jitsu system we teach at Absolute MMA is, himself, 74 years old. Our adult classes are comprised of members from the age of 12 and up. A number of our team mebers are over the age of 40.
What physical risks will I be exposed to?
Although we never anticipate an injury, unfortunately they do happen. The American College of Sports Medicine ranks Martial Arts training very high in regards to safety over many of our countries nationally recognized Sports. The Martial Arts are practiced in hundreds of countries and millions of people.
I have a hard time focusing and understanding sometimes. Will I be holding the class back?
Absolutely not! We welcome and encourage everyone to express themselves openly. It is our belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn at his or her own capacity. You will learn to adapt and overcome any reservations you may have.
I am not very flexible or coordinated, will this affect my training?
Our program is fully functional for everybody. We take a unique approach to preparing you for your training. Your flexibility and coordination will immediately increase as the result of your training. Your longevity as a Martial Artist will be determined by your ability to increase your quality of life.
I don't want to train with a bunch of thugs in a "fight club", What can I expect at Absolute MMA?
Truth is we have people from all walks of life. We have doctors, lawyers, dentists and accountants; software engineers, CEO's, small business owners, stock brokers and real estate agents; plumbers, carpenters, painters and laborers; military personnel, federal and state employees, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters; real people just like you.
I don't have a lot of time to train. I'm really busy and I need to now my time is being well spent.
We understand your time is valuable, we feel the same about ours. Just know that all of our classes are well organized and structured. All you have to do is show up and let us take care of the rest.