Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Family

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that emphasizes grappling techniques utilizing submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take an attacker to the ground. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers and counter-maneuvers are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from bottom, and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (such as a dislocated joint or unconsciousness). Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on submissions without the use of strikes. This form of training allows practitioners to spar at full speed and with full power, resembling the effort used in a real competition. Training methods include technique drills in which techniques are practiced against a non-resisting partner; isolation sparring, commonly referred to as positional drilling, where only a certain technique or sets of techniques are used, and full sparring in which each opponent tries to submit their opponent using any legal technique. Physical conditioning is also an important part of training.

What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend him/herself against a larger opponent by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, modified judo and a traditional Japanese art jujutsu to create the art we know and love today. In this martial art we all start off as a white belt here is how the ranking goes: White Belt Blue Belt Purple Belt Brown Belt Black Belt Each belt receives four stripes before being promoted to the next belt. At our dojo we like to do testing every 4 to 6 months for adults. Professor Fresh will inform you whether or not you will be testing and it is at his discretion if he would like to award you with a stripe in-between testing. These ranks not only show your experience level but they also show the level of respect you should show. We ask that you please show your higher ranks with the utmost respect they are your elders so to speak and they have earned that level of respect. Anytime that you are to walk on to the mat you must bow to the highest ranking person on the mat if there is no one on the mat we ask that you bow to the poster of Helio Gracie. At the beginning and end of every class we line up by rank and we stand with our feet together and we bow with our hands at our sides to our Black belt instructor and Helio Gracie. When you address yourself to the Black Belt instructor you MUST refer to him as Professor. The next highest rank is our brown belt and he is to be referred to as Sensei. Never let your professor or your sensei see you tie your belts or fix your uniform please turn around it is a sign of respect. Please do not talk out of turn if your professor or sensei is talking do not talk when they are talking it is disrespectful to do that to anyone and it interrupts with the lesson.

What will be expected of you in class?

Here at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club of Michigan we expect our students to participate in all activities. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for class this allows you with ample time to change and do some light stretching before class starts. We start class as a group and line up by rank and we bow to our Professor and to Helio Gracie. Every class is started with a warm-up, we do this so that your muscles are warm and ready for the techniques. None of the warm-ups are anything your professor cannot do himself. We do ask that you drill the techniques that are taught with the allotted time given to you. It is disrespectful to talk and train other techniques then what your professor has told you to do, so please try to stay on task. We love for our class environment to be open, fun and relaxed but we also want to help you improve as well. Everyone likes a clean house and we would like you to think of our dojo as your second home. We like to deep clean the dojo twice a year scrub the bathrooms, replace the lights and scrub the dojo from top to bottom. Two to three times a week we vacuum the front lobby, the mats and the back changing rooms and we also mop the mats. We expect our students to assist us with the cleaning of the dojo since we all sweat on the mats. We like everyone to volunteer to vacuum and mop that way the same people aren’t constantly stuck with the task and it is much more fair. The reason we are sticklers about keeping our training area clean and tidy is because we want to prevent common diseases and infections from forming and spreading. Some of the common diseases we work hard to prevent are Ring worm, Herpes Simplex, Impetigo, Staph/MRSA, along with the common cold and any other sickness. If you are feeling ill or if you notice any uncertain skin rashes or cuts please stay home and let us know when you will be returning. Gi care and personal hygiene In jiu-jitsu we wear uniforms called a gi. The reason we wear them is because they are functional for the techniques we will be training, and they are traditional. Our gi represents an attackers clothing as well, since this is a self-defense art we would like for you to keep this in mind. A gi can be purchased from professor and it will be delivered in about a weeks’ time. Fenom kimonos are a gi company that makes gi’s specifically for women. You can go on any of these gi companies’ websites and research pricing and sizes. If you have any questions on sizing please ask your professor. Gi’s are made of cotton weave material that is very strong and durable. We recommend having two gi’s this way you will always have a clean fresh gi for class. Please wash your gi with like colors in warm water and regular laundry detergent. If you have a white gi you can bleach it on occasion if you would like, but this does wear the material down quicker and it will fade any patches that are on your gi. Please try to refrain from putting your gi in the dryer the material is durable but it is cotton so it will shrink. Hang dry them this is why we recommend having two. Wet Gi Please come to class in a dry clean fresh and tidy gi Ripped Gi A ripped gi looks unprofessional and can possibly cause injury please patch or sew any rips or loose patches take pride in how you look and realize you represent our school Stained and ill fitting gi Please wash your gi after every class this will take out any blood or sweat stains that may have occurred during training and will keep you from smelling and prevent diseases from spreading Make sure your uniform fits you properly so you can train properly Bad Breath and Skin conditions Please brush your teeth before class we are in pretty close proximity of each other Any skin conditions you may have please cover them up to prevent transferring them or if they are infectious please stay home until the condition is gone Sickness We do not want to spread colds or anything else you may have please stay home if you are feeling ill you won’t be able to train properly anyways if you are under the weather Long Fingernails and Toe nails Please keep your fingernails and toe nails trimmed to prevent scratching or having them caught in the mat or a gi Open cuts and Injuries If you have or receive an open cut during or before training please dress the wound properly we don’t want blood on the mats and obviously each other this keeps diseases from spreading Any injuries you have prior or receive in jiu-jitsu please care for them properly and don’t train if you are injured Jewelry Please remove any and all jewelry prior to training How to tie your Belt

Private Lessons

Private lessons are good for stripe testing review, as well as a better understanding of jiu jitsu techniques and principles. You can also improve much faster with one on one attention, and gain some assistance with tournament preparation. Certified Purple Belt - $50.00 ****Purchasing Private lessons as a Bundle (purchasing 3 or more at a time) is available, as well as Group Pricing****