Find answers to the most commonly asked questions (faq) below. If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to contact us from our CONTACT PAGE. Maybe we’ll add your question here!
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling/submission/self-defense martial art that primarily focuses on ground fighting.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. – Wikipedia
Jiu Jitsu translates (from Japanese) as the “Gentle Art”. It was given this name due to the ability for practitioners to go 100% while staying relatively safe, unlike martial arts that involve striking. If those strikes are performed at 100%, the potential for damage/injury is much higher.
It’s for the same reason that Judo got its name, which translates as the “Gentle Way”.
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No. We are focused more on sport/competitive jiu jitsu and the self-defense aspects of BJJ, with a primary focus on training with the gi. However, we also offer no gi classes which is more like the grappling you will see in an MMA fight.
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The BJJ belt system is different for children and adults. However, both use a 4-stripe promotion system where a stripe is added onto the black bar every so often. Once the belt has 4 stripes, the next advancement will be to the next belt.
For adults, the belts are fewer and take longer to earn. They are:
For kids, the belts are as follows:
Promotions are typically given by the head instructor when he/she has assessed that the student is ready. At Insight BJJ, stripes will be awarded by Alex Henley. Belt promotions will be awarded by Mario “Esfiha” Queiroga unless otherwise notified.
For adults, it generally takes 1-2 years to move from white to blue belt. From then on it typically takes 2-3 years per belt. Of course there are exceptions to this. An extraordinary few have achieved black belt in as little as 3 years. Some take more than 12 years. In the end, the decision is up to the instructors.
Because children have more belts, they are promoted more often. Stripes and some belts will be awarded by Alex Henley. Otherwise, belts will be awarded by Mario “Esfiha” Queiroga.
It generally takes around 9 months for a child to be promoted up from white belt. In most cases, it takes about 1 year for each belt after white.
Yes. You will be tested before being allowed to advance to the next belt color. These test are typically private, except for an “uke” (oo-key) who is your testing partner.
No. There are no testing fees for stripes or belt promotions. However, you will be responsible for the cost of your new belt.
We do not want you to miss training because of a forgotten belt. We will typically have some spare white belts you can use if you forget your belt. (no matter your rank) Just try not to make it a regular occurrence. If this becomes an issue, we will ask you to make any changes needed to ensure you have your belt for all classes. (i.e. keep it in your car)