FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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If you are taking a Gi class you will need a traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi. You can wear whatever color Gi you wish and use whatever brand you like. For our NoGi class you will need a rashguard and a pair of board shorts or grappling shorts. Once again, these can be any style or brand as well. If this is your first class, you can simply wear a t-shirt and a pair of workout shorts.
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This is just fine. We have a fundamentals program that is designed for the beginner to learn the mechanics, techniques, positions, and principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Remember, every black belt was once a white belt.
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We understand this position and we take it extremely seriously. Here at our program, we train hard, but we also train safely. We make sure that our new students are partnered up with experienced students who will work with them on day one. We also don’t allow high percentage injury techniques such as jumping closed guard and scissor takedowns. Lastly, the golden rule of the tap helps to ensure everyone can train hard and yet train as safely as possible with minimal risk of injury.
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On your first day you should bring a bottle of water, a pair of sandals, clean gear to train in, and a positive attitude. We will handle the rest.
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Of course, trying anything new for the first time can bring out some butterflies. This is perfectly normal. On your first day you will be paired up with an experienced student to work with you on the drills and help guide you along. The instructor will also make sure you are taken care of if you have any questions or concerns. We got your back!
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No one is ever too old or too out of shape for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our fundamentals class is geared towards the beginner and provides a structure for you to grow and learn at your own pace. The best way to get in shape for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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No, in fact the majority of BJJ practitioners have no previous martial arts experience at all.
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Absolutely. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. At Odyssey BJJ we have a strong female presence that will make you feel welcome on the mats.
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The typical class consists of a dynamic warm up with Jiu-Jitsu based movements to prime your body for training. This is followed up by a breakdown of the techniques (takedowns, sweeps, passes, or submissions) by the instructor with a high level of detail. The last portion of the class is the positional training or live rolling (depending on the level of the class) with your peers and instructor.
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Absolutely. We are an all-inclusive academy that welcomes anyone from any other program to come and train with us as a guest or a member.
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You should train as often as your body will allow. You don’t need to train hard or roll every single day but being on the mat as much as possible will accelerate your learning curve. For the beginner we usually suggest training 2 or 3 times per week and working yourself up to 4 or 5 if possible.
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This varies from student to student and is dependent on a collection of factors. At Odyssey BJJ we promote based on a merit-based system displayed through live sparring and technical proficiency of the art.
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If you have an injury you are recovering from a physical limitation, let the instructor know and they will modify your training so you can work around it and get the most out of the class.
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You should expect a good workout encapsulated with lots of positive energy, sound technique, and a warm welcoming vibe from the room. You will have reliable training partners who will help you along and work with you on every aspect of the training.
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  • Make sure to wear clean gear to every session. This includes Gi, belt, rashguard, shorts, etc.
  • No shoes on the mat.
  • Do not walk around the facility (off the mat) barefoot, wear your sandals or shoes.
  • If you are sick, do not come and train. Stay home until you are 100%. This includes any skin infections.
  • Keep your fingernails and toenails always cut and trim.
  • Remove all jewelry before training.
  • Do not celebrate when tapping out your training partner. Don’t be that person.
  • When the techniques are being taught be attentive and focused. Also keep the side chatter off the mats to a low tone as to not disturb the class that is being ran.
  • No filming or recording of class unless you are given permission.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice you are too close to the pair next to you, move yourself and your partner.
  • Stick to the technique you are being taught unless the instructor gives you the creative freedom. Going off script might seem like fun but focus on the technique of the day.
  • Tap! When you are in a submission that you cannot escape from – TAP! Leave your ego at the door and respect your body and the technique that is being applied to you.
  • If you need to leave class early, please ask the instructor for permission before doing so. Also please be on time for class as to not disrupt the rest of the room and the practice.
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