What does a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class entail?
In a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, you will usually have 4 phases, the first part is the warm up (an example is shown in the video on the homepage) then you have the technique section where you will learn new techniques or refine techniques you have seen before (the instructor will detail the techniques to the entire class). Then you drill and practice the techniques. After this, you will have the sparring part of the class (known as rolling). This is where you have the opportunity to put into practice your techniques to prove they really work.
Do I need to be fit?
No, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will get you fit but you do not need to be fit to begin. In fact there are some inspirational stories on-line about the amount of weight people have lost from doing BJJ.
Do I need previous martial arts experience?
No, you do not need to have practiced martial arts before to participate. People start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at all ages from children through to their 60's!
Are there children's classes?
There is intention on starting children's classes, we are tentatively looking at September, October time time this year (2016). There are currently children classes in full flow at the Andy Roberts Academy in Farnborough.
Do I need to wear a GI to my first lesson?
No, for your first couple of lessons you will not need to have a gi until you are sure you want to continue. Then you can purchase a gi online or from the Andy Roberts Academy. I will be able to tell you what size you require.
What do I need to bring for my first lesson?
It is best to wear shorts and a tee shirt and bring a bottle of water. BJJ is practiced bare foot so it is important to have good hygiene and have the toes and finger nails trimmed.
What is the youngest I can train?
Anyone can train BJJ from a young age, however children's classes are not up and running yet. This means you need to be 16 years of age with parental consent to train.
Is there free parking?
Yes, there is free parking.
Are there toilets?
Yes, there are toilets.
What do I do when I arrive at the academy?
Simply walk through the blue door and the instructor will be there.
Is private tuition available?
Private tuition is available with Dan. These sessions are your time to work specifically on whatever you are having problems with and wish to practice upon or improve, or you can drill or spar the aspects that will improve your game where you can then practice it when sparing (known as rolling) with your team-mates in the academy.