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A basic understanding of COVID-19, how it spreads, and what every individual can do to protect themselves and others is critical to mitigate the spread of the virus among communities.

How does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) differ from other martial arts?


In two major differences, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from "traditional" martial arts such as karate and kick boxing. The first difference is that "traditional" martial arts primarily focuses on striking with the hands and feet. While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling art, similar to wrestling, that employs throws and submission holds such as chokes and joint locks. The other difference is effectiveness. Due to the use of leverage and technique, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enables smaller practitioners to best match larger opponents. As proven by the Gracie Family, the creators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is the most effective martial art for self-defense.




Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu right for me? Is there a way I can try a class before signing-up?


YES! You can try out one of our Jiu-Jitsu classes for FREE before signing-up for the program. To book your free trial class, please contact us via email or phone.




What do I wear/bring to my first class?


You should wear comfortable athletic clothing (t-shirt or compression shirt, sweatpants or shorts or board shorts). However, after your free trial class we ask you to purchase your Jiu-Jitsu attire. We sell high quality, affordable Jiu-Jitsu attire in house. Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you can meet the staff and instructor and get familiar with the environment.




What’s a GI?


A GI (sometimes referred to as Kimono) is the uniform that is typically worn when training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It consists of 3 pieces: a jacket (or top), pants, and a belt.




What is the difference between GI and NO GI training?


GI training involves wearing a cotton jacket and pants, while NO GI is normally done in a combination of a rash guard with shorts.




Do I need prior martial arts experience to join your classes?


No. Our classes are open to all skill levels, beginner through advanced. We do offer Jiu-Jitsu classes for beginners twice a week to help build their foundation in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.




Do I need to be strong, flexible or in good shape to start Jiu-Jitsu?


No. You do not need to be strong, flexible, or in particularly good shape to start Jiu-Jitsu.

By practicing Jiu-Jitsu, you will certainly improve your strength, flexibility, and conditioning.




What’s a typical class like?


We begin class with some light calisthenics and stretching. Following our warm up we then begin drilling technique. These drills when done repeatedly to help form muscle memory and help our students retain technique. After our drilling is completed then we begin to spar (or roll). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight. Rolling is not a mandatory part of class; it is up to the student’s preference though it is highly recommended.




Is BJJ a good form of exercise?


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while rolling provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce your body fat while improving your balance, bodily coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.




Is there a belt ranking system?


Yes. Absoluto Kuwait follows the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) belt ranking system. Go here for more information : https://ibjjf.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/IBJJF-Graduation-System-Poster.pdf




How long does it take to get your black belt?


The journey in Jiu-Jitsu is much more rigorous that most other martial arts but when you see a black belt, you know it was earned. Although each person is unique, it generally takes between 6-10 years to reach black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Time spent between each belt is directly related to one's commitment to the sport as well as improving oneself.




What is the basic etiquette while in class?


These are some general rules to follow during training:
  • Always be respectful
  • Always address all instructors as “Coach”
  • Absolutely no coaching your children or other students during classes
  • No foul language in the academy
  • If you are late for the class, wait outside of the mat until the instructor gives you the permission to join
  • Do not leave the mat without permission from the instructor
  • When the instructor is demonstrating the techniques, students must sit or stand in a good posture and listen
  • Talking should be kept to a minimum and should relate to the class subject
  • For the GI classes, all students must wear a clean white, blue, or black GI, and rash guard. No t-shirts allowed. No other academies or affiliation patches allowed
  • For the NO GI classes, all students must wear a clean rash guard and grappling shorts (without pockets)
  • Always wear a shirt or rash guard inside the academy
  • Always wear your shoes or sandals when you are outside of the mat
  • All jewelry, piercings, necklaces and other items should be removed during training
  • Keep fingernails and toenails neatly trimmed
  • Shoes, food, drinks and electronic devices are not allowed on the mat
  • No photos or video recording is allowed during classes
  • Training gear and bags should be deposited on designated area




I am over 40 years old, am I too old to attend BJJ classes?


No, many of our students are over 40. As long as you make sure to work within your own abilities and give yourself time to recover you will do great! Remember, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is based on technique and leverage, not athleticism or youth. Train smarter, not harder!




I am recovering from an injury that I suffered in the past and my doctor has cleared me to train. Will I be able to work into your BJJ classes slowly with my physical limitation?


Yes! At Absoluto Kuwait we believe that the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. We can work around any limitations that you may have, as long as you make the instructors aware of any exercises, drills, or techniques that are causing pain or discomfort.




Would BJJ benefit my child?


Absolutely! Jiu-Jitsu, which means “gentle art”, emphasizes the use of technique and leverage. So, your child won’t have to rely on size, strength, or speed, while also learning to defend themselves and subdue their opponent in a safe way without having to rely on kicks and punches. Your child will develop physical awareness of balance, reflexes, flexibility and coordination, as well as build on the mental aspects of their personality such as self-esteem, discipline, confidence, compassion, and good work ethic. The classes are taught in a positive, fun, and friendly manner, so your child will enjoy learning the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.




What age do you start with kids at?


We generally accept students starting at age 4.

Our kids’ classes are split into groups (determined by age, size and experience level).




What is the cost of membership?


Our membership rates vary depending on the needs of each student. Please contact us via email or phone and we would be more than happy to discuss prices with you. We offer a free trial class so come and try a class for free!




Do you offer private lessons?


Yes. Our instructors offer private lessons to all levels of practitioners. Whether you are a beginner looking to improve your fundamentals or a high-level competitor looking to gain an edge, we are here to help. Please contact us via phone or email for rates.





 

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