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Training and Competing
How many times per week should I train?
You should train at least two times per week, but ideally more than that. Most people progress fastest with 3-4 classes per week, or even more if they are planning to compete soon or want to improve faster.
When can I attend advanced classes?
We do not have advanced classes however you can start attending the Friday night class for sparring after about 4 months of training.
Should I do no-gi classes?
Yes, doing both gi and no-gi is highly recommended.
Do I have to compete?
You are not required to compete, but we encourage it. We recommend at least 6 months of training before your first tournament. Tell us if you’re thinking about competing and we will help you get prepared.
What should I do when sparring from my knees?
One of you should pull guard or ask to start in a specific position, like under side control or mount.
Can I ask a higher belt to spar?
Yes, you can ask anyone to spar, including black belts. Just know that they can say no. (When visiting other schools, ask what their rule is because some consider it
rude to “call out” higher belts.)
How can I stop gassing out in sparring?
This is normal for beginners. It will get better as you get in shape and focus on staying calm under pressure and using proper technique instead of strength.
How can I be less sore after training?
Soreness is unavoidable when you train hard. You can recover faster by getting good sleep, drinking more water, and eating healthy. Stretching and basic strength and conditioning training can help prevent it too.
Is it normal to get very anxious before sparring?
Feeling nervous or intimidated is normal, especially if you’ve never done combat sports before. This feeling will go away or at least lessen as you gain more experience and confidence.
Belt Ranks and Promotions
What are the belt ranks of BJJ?
We follow the IBJJF grading system: white, blue, purple, brown, and black. Each belt below black belt can earn up to four stripes (black belt has its own system).
How long does it take to get a black belt?
Reaching a black belt takes 10 years on average. Some achieve it faster or slower, depending on factors like dedication, talent, age, previous experience, etc.
How long does it take to get a blue belt?
Earning a blue belt normally takes between 1.5 to 2 years. Faster and slower promotions are possible.
How do I get stripes on my belt?
Stripes are given at the instructor’s discretion as recognition for your commitment and progress.
When do I get my first stripe?
You will likely get your first stripe within the first few months if you are consistently attending classes.
Do I have to take a test to get my belt promotion?
Yes, we formally test for belts. We monitor each student’s progress and promote per our best judgment. The test will be to confirm this judgment.
Advice for Parents
What is the kids’ belt rank system?
The kids’ belts are white, grey, yellow, orange, and green. After white, each belt also has a half-white and half-black variation too. Each belt after grey-white can earn up to 4 stripes.
How often will my kid get promoted?
Kids earn a stripe based on regular attendance and behavior in class (like listening
to the instructors, being a good training partner, working hard, etc.) The instructor may wait on a promotion if they deem it appropriate.
Rules for Parents