Here’s a list of the mostly commonly asked questions from students and parents starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you can’t find what you’re looking for below get in touch via email, Facebook, Instagram, or give us a call. We’re here to help you get started on your BJJ Journey and always more than happy to help.
How fit do I need to be?
You don’t need to be super fit to start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In fact, BJJ is a great way to get fit. At Melbourne Jiu-Jitsu academy everybody is welcome on the mats regardless of their level of fitness. We focus on technique and this is something absolutely anyone can do.
Do I need previous martial arts experience?
Not at all. If you have already trained in a different martial art that’s great but you do not need any previous martial arts experience. Regardless of whether you’re just starting out on your BJJ journey, or an old timer, you will always be welcome.
Am I too old?
No such thing. It’s never too late to start training BJJ. Our self-defence programs are designed to cater to everyone. All students are encouraged to train to their own limits and can push as hard as they want.
Do you have Women Only classes?
We run a Women’s only 6 week Self-defence Empowerment workshop on a continuous basis. This course is suitable for females (13yrs+) of any fitness level. It has been designed to provide an introduction into some basic practical self-defence skills.
What is the right age for kids to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Every child is different. However we believe that around 5 years is a good age to start a martial art such as BJJ. Our kids program caters for 5-14 year olds and focuses on making self-defence and physical education fun. We use conditioning and skill-oriented games to engage and challenge kids. The benefits go way beyond the physical. It will also teach your kids valuable life skills such as courtesy, confidence, focus, discipline, team work, mental strength, and self-control.
Do I have to be strong to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
The beautiful thing about BJJ is the fundamental principle that a weaker and smaller person can defeat a stronger and heavier opponent using leverage and technique. Anybody with an open mind and a willingness to learn can train Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
What if I am currently injured?
Depending on the nature of your injury there is a chance you can train around it. Have a chat with your professor to discuss options. Even if you have to sit out a few classes we still strongly encourage coming along to watch and learn.
What will I learn?
The primary focus of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is learning self-defence. We will teach you the fundamentals of self-defence, as well as the modern evolution of the martial art. You will practice a range of techniques from many different positions. You’ll also learn how to control resisting opponents on the ground, as well as how to apply submissions effectively.
What do I need to bring?
All you need for your first class is comfortable clothing. A fitted t-shirt or rash guard is ideal, and pocketless shorts are preferable. For women tights and a top is fine. However, if you have a Jiu-Jitsu Kimono or ‘Gi’ feel free to wear that.
A water bottle and a small towel for drying off after the class is also a good idea.
Do I need any protective equipment?
Some students choose to wear a mouth guard when rolling. However, it’s entirely up to you.
Where do I buy my Gi?
There are a few places in Melbourne where you can purchase your own Gi. There are also a number of online stores. We recommend going into a store to work out your size before purchasing online. Just like clothing, Gi prices vary according to the brand. Feel free to ask Ivan or other members at the club if you need more information or recommendations.
Please note, our preference is that our members use white or blue Gi’s, not black
I have a Gi but there are other club patches on them. Is this Ok?
This is no problem.
Do you welcome students from other academies?
100%. We’re focused on community, not competition. So everyone is welcome at Melbourne Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
How often should I train?
This is really dependent on your lifestyle and your goals. You can train as little or as often as you like but to get the most benefit we recommend a minimum of twice a week. We have membership options to suit everyone’s needs.
How long does it take to grade?
This depends on a few different things. We pride ourselves on living the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. Grading comes from the effort you put in on and off the mats.
Please note we do not charge for belt grading.
How long does it take to get a blue belt?
When participating on a regular basis a blue belt generally takes 1 year to achieve. Again, this is really dependent on how committed you are, and how often you train.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
A black belt can take 10 years or more of hard work and consistent training to achieve.
How can I get started?
Complete the Free Trial Form and we’ll be in contact to organise a time and date that works for you.
Which classes are suitable for beginners?
Kids aged 5-14 years are welcome at any of the kids classes.
The fundamentals class is best suited to 15-17yr olds and adult beginners. As you get more comfortable there is no reason why you can’t attend the all levels and no Gi classes.
How do memberships work?
We have different types of memberships to suit your training availability; 2 classes per week, 3 classes per week, or unlimited classes per week. The payment frequency default is weekly, but this can be tailored to meet your preferences.
At Melbourne Jiu-Jitsu Academy we understand that life is busy and circumstances can change. So we want to be as flexible as possible. If you’re heading off on holidays or need to take a break your membership can be frozen for 4 weeks of each calendar year (maximum 2 weeks each time). We don’t have any lock in contracts. We only request that if you wish to terminate your membership you give us 30 days’ notice in writing.
You can sign up directly on our home page using the Paysmart direct debit system. Just select the day you’d like to commence your membership.