What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is an increasingly popular martial art with low impact on the body because there is no striking. It is a ground-based sport where opponents use different holds to try and submit their partner. The variation of techniques and intellectual stimulation in BJJ has led many to call it “human chess”.
Do I need to be in shape to start BJJ?
This is a common misconception... You do not need to get fit/strength-train/diet before starting. The best way to get in shape for BJJ is to do BJJ.
How do the belts work?
Jiu jitsu uses a belt system. Beginning with white belt, adults progress through blue, purple, brown and eventually black. For a student who practices several times a week, it is possible to earn their black belt in ten years but the length of time is directly related to one’s commitment to the sport.
Belt system for kids?
Children begin with a white belt and move through grey/white, grey, grey/black, yellow white, yellow, yellow black, orange white, orange, orange black, and green. Eventually, around 15 years of age, they join the adult blue belts.
Why is Jiu Jitsu great for kids?
Our program helps children learn discipline, while staying active and having fun. As both a martial art and a contact sport, BJJ presents a great opportunity for children to learn respect and perseverance that will translate into their everyday lives. Our aim is to build character and community by instilling a strong work ethic, positive attitude and healthy lifestyle.
Because there is no striking, jiu jitsu is often used when teaching bullying prevention and self-defence, which makes it perfect for children.
What do parents do during class?
We have a viewing section around the mats for parents, we ask that parents not sit or stand on the mat level as it can be distracting for the children.
Only children participating in the class can be on the mats, siblings must watch from the viewing section.
Above all, we want all of our new visitors to have a great time, to feel welcomed and comfortable enough to ask questions. We are all a big family at Westside Training Center and aim to help you and your children feel at home right away.
It’s my first class, what do I do?
When you arrive for your first class, come 15-20 minutes early to meet Duke, Deedee and your instructor. You will be provided with a loaner gi (the traditional uniform).
Most classes are at lease 1 hour in length. At your first class you will be taught some basic movements before joining the class. Our Fundamentals class is made up of all different levels; don’t be intimidated, we were all beginners at some point.
Do you offer private lessons?
Westside Training Center is proud to offer it's students one-on-one instruction with any of our instructors. Whether you want to develop a stronger foundation, learn how to apply the techniques you have learned in class, or just to take advantage of being taught by a world class competitor, private lessons will take your practice to the next level.