Frequently Asked Questions About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

We’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions and answers on a broad range of topics related to starting a martial arts program like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Take some time to get informed on what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is all about and how to find the right program and studio for you.

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  • When can I start BJJ sparring?

    Sparring, or rolling, is a large part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, however you will not be sparring until at least after your quick start course. You will start sparring when you are comfortable enough and are able to demonstrate some fundamental BJJ techniques.

  • Do I need prior martial arts experience to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

    Nope, you need to be ready, willing, and able to learn, practice, and work.   Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great martial arts for total beginners to pick up, learn and practice for a life time.  At Dragon Gym we teach total beginners, world ranked competitors and everyone in between.   Plus, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is very different from "Traditional" Martial Arts and can be great compliment to hard-style martial arts like Karate or Tae Kwon Do as well as a combat sport like Muay Thai Kickboxing. 

  • Is BJJ a sport or self-defense?

    It’s both, BJJ sport requires some restrictions to be placed on the grappler for safety's sake. In self-defense those restrictions are lifted, some brazilian jiu jitsu techniques favor sport and others favor self-defense applications. 

  • What should I expect from learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

    That relies largely on the practitioner. If you practice inconsistently, then progress in BJJ will be slow and frustrating at best.  However, if you can come to class at least 2-3 times per week, BJJ can transform your life. BJJ is a grappling martial art predominantly, if you can handle someone actively trying to submit you on a regular basis and return the effort, then your perspective on most social interactions changes for the positive – you become hardened to adversity. You will become confident that you can defend yourself and physically you will become stronger and healthier.  Life starts to seem easier as you will look better, feel better and have a new confidence throughout your daily life. 

  • How Young Can Children Start Learning BJJ?

    In Brazil, many families start their kids in BJJ at a very young age.  However, due to a child's physical, social, intellectual and emotional stages of development we've found the best time to start formal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes is around the age of 7.  At Dragon Gym we offer kids-specific BJJ classes and most of the kids in these classes are between 7 and 13 years old. 

  • Can my child also learn BJJ?

    Sure can! DG hosts kids specific Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes to help kids learn how to stand up for themselves, fend off bullies, and win competition.

  • Do Women Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Without a doubt! DG has the most dedicated, motivated, and technically proficient grapplers out there. Almost 50% of the students that routinely compete are ladies.   Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is actually an ideal martial art for women interested in learning self-defense.  The technical nature of brazilian jiu jitsu means that a practicioner need not be strong or fast to be effective.  In fact, BJJ is known for its ability and effectiveness against larger and stronger opponents. 



  • I'm a busy professional, do I have to worry about getting hurt?

    While anything can happen given that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial arts and contact sport, injuries are minimized by the coaches to avoid dangerous partnering and unsafe situations.   We specialize in teaching beginners and our program is progressive.   Interestingly, martiala arts and BJJ has a much lower longer term injury rates that most common athletic activites. Always do you best to rest and recover, have a healthy diet, and build strength.  

  • I'd like to compete in BJJ, is that something you can help me with?

    Absolutely!  Whether or not you compete is up to you. Some jiu jitsu academies require competition for rank advancement. At the Dragon Gym, BJJ tournaments are strongly encouraged and supported, but they are not required.  Tournaments are a great learning and camaraderie experience. 

  • Do I need to get in shape before taking BJJ classes?

    No, just come and train. No matter how fit you are, everyone is out of shape for BJJ when they start. BJJ uses a variety of movements, that most people, even athletes, never do.  The "mat" really is a great equalizer and we specialize in teaching beginners.