Next Edge Academy

    School Rules

    1. Always show respect to your instructors and training partners. Respect means not seeking to harm your training partners (e.g. cranking a submission too hard). Respect also means that you train seriously enough for you and your partners to improve your skills, conditioning, and mental toughness.
    2. Maintain good hygiene (i.e. shower and brush your teeth regularly). Shower as soon as possible after class.
    3. Keep your finger and toenails short and clean. (This includes women.)
    4. Bring a clean, dry gi to each class every time you train. Never leave your dirty gi at the gym for later use. Wash your gear as soon as possible after class.
    5. Wear appropriate no-gi gear, such as a rashguard, fight shorts, and athletic underwear. Do not wear loose or baggy clothes like tank tops or basketball shorts.
    6. Keep your shoes off the mat so we can prevent the spread of infectious skin diseases.
    7. Do not walk in the restroom or outside with bare feet. Wear sandals or shoes when leaving the mats.
    8. Do not attend class if you are sick or have a skin infection. You will be asked to leave if you do. Wait at least 48 hours after symptoms have stopped before returning to class.
    9. When you arrive at the school, look over what you are doing for the day and grab any study materials needed for class.
    10. At the start and end of class, line up so higher ranked students are to your right. If you do not have a uniform of you will line up furthest to your left. Without the gi, you are not required to line up according to rank.
    11. Always thank your sparring partner and shake their hand after sparring.
    12. Do not talk while the instructor is talking. It distracts those who are trying to learn and is disrespectful to the teacher, as well as other students.
    13. Keep cell phones turned down during class. Feel free to use them. Just please keep the volume to a minimum. Again, these distract those who are trying to learn.
    14. Continue practicing the techniques you have been tasked with until told to stop. Don’t sit around talking because you feel you have done it enough. You can NEVER do a technique too many times.
    15. If you arrive late,  feel free to join the class at any time. However when you are at another gym please do not step on the mat until ok’d by the coach.
    16. Do not leave opened or empty water bottles around the gym. If you bring your own reusable water bottle, do not forget to bring it home, or it will be put into lost and found then thrown away.
    17. Most importantly, HAVE FUN AND ASK QUESTIONS!

    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.

    Sparring Rules

    1. No dirty fighting: no eye pokes, scratching, biting, groin strikes, etc.
    2. Do not pick your partner up and slam them against the ground. If you pick them up, put them down safely.
    3. Do not grab less than four fingers when grabbing your partner’s hands.
    4. Do not grab inside your partner’s sleeves or pant cuffs.
    5. Do not pinch your partner’s skin under their uniform.
    6. If you have a submission but your partner won’t tap, just release them. Speak to an instructor if you’re concerned about your partner’s behavior.
    7. If you find yourself too close to another pair of students sparring, move to a safer spot if you are lower ranked. If you are the same rank, whoever can reset
    8. most easily should move.
    9. If you are close to rolling off the mats or into walls or pillars, stop and reset somewhere safer.
    10. Follow the IBJJF rules for legal/illegal submissions per your partner’s belt rank, unless otherwise instructed.

    Sparring FAQ

    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

    1. Please do not allow your child in the weight training area without supervision at any time.
    2. Please have your child pick up any toys they played with or any mess they made before leaving.
    3. Please do not coach your child from off the mats. Talk to an instructor about becoming an assistant instructor if you are interested in coaching.