FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I would like to try a class. Where do I begin?
A: First check out the schedule page, where you can pick a class and make an appointment. Show up 10 minutes prior to that class with a pair of sandals. Your instructor will show you around, answer any questions, introduce you to some of the students, and have you sign a waiver.
Q: Do you offer any free trial classes before I sign up?
A: Yes. 30 days, totally unlimited. You can come to as many classes as you like during that time period.
Q: After my free 30 days, is there going to be a high-pressure sale to get me to sign up?
A: Jiu Jitsu is not for everyone, and the last thing we want is someone to sign up who doesn't really want to train. There is zero pressure. Here's the sales pitch: "Jiu jitsu is the most fun workout you'll ever do. Our rates are very competitive, the instruction is great, and the school is conveniently located. And if you stick with it, jiu jitsu will change everything about you for the better."
Q: What are your rates?
A: We have a couple of different rate plans, and they are all laid out here. All of the adult plans include a free 30 day trial, and nobody will ever pressure you to sign up.
Q: What is jiu jitsu?
A: We teach traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). For those who haven't seen BJJ before, it looks a lot like wrestling. BJJ is a system of combat that focuses on takedowns, ground control, escapes, and submissions. Aside from takedowns, everything takes place on the ground, and no striking (kicks, punches, etc) is allowed. BJJ is an outstanding form of self defense.
Q: What are submissions?
A: When you mention submissions, most people think of the arm-twists and sleeper holds of pro wrestling. But submissions are serious business. In jiu jitsu, submissions include chokes, arm locks, leg locks, shoulder locks, foot locks, and much more. In class, we always "tap" our training partner long before an injury occurs. The "tap" is a sacred thing. Your training partner will always let you go immediately.
Q: Do I have to be in shape to start training?
A: Definitely not. One of the most common ideas that potential students have is "I'll get in shape first, and then get into jiu jitsu." The best advice is to start training today. The first two weeks will be tough, but things get much easier from there. You will see incredible results.
Q: Any tips for a new student?
A: Shower, trim your nails, brush your teeth, be polite, have an open mind. This is actually decent advice for life in general.
Q: What is that white karate robe-looking thing that people wear to some of your classes?
A: That's called a Gi (pronounced gee). So, why wear one during training? The gi was traditionally worn by judo practitioners (a martial art closely related to jiu jitsu), and the uniform was adopted by the jiu jitsu community. When training in the gi, you are allowed to grab any part of it, and use it in almost any way when sparring with your training partner. It turns what would normally be a game of checkers in to chess. If you're interested in self-defense, you should know that it simulates clothing that people would be wearing in the streets. If you're interested in sport jiu jitsu with the gi, it is essential to learn its many grips and strategic paths. If you're interested in training without it, we've got classes for that too!
Q: Do I have to spar on my first day? And do we spar every class?
A: You don't ever have to do anything at Hurricane Jiu Jitsu, besides respect your teammates and be considerate. You can wait a day, a week, a month, or a year before you start sparring if you choose. Or you can dive in on your first class. And yes, students are offered the opportunity to spar at every single class.
Q: How do you decide when to promote a student to a higher belt?
A: This varies so widely from person to person, that it is impossible to establish a rigid curriculum for promoting everyone. A few things considered in promoting a student include length of time training, technical knowledge, ability to apply this knowledge during sparring, work ethic, and success in competition should a student decide to compete. But...some people are fast learners. Some are natural athletes. Others might choose to compete and find great success in competition. Some people work 50 hours per week and don't have time to train very often, let alone compete. One thing is certain: when you're promoted to a higher belt at Hurricane Jiu Jitsu, you can be confident in the fact that you've earned it.
Q: How long does it take to achieve the rank of black belt?
A: It is understandable that people are excited to achieve their black belt in jiu jitsu. But if you're only in martial arts for a black belt, you might want to look elsewhere. For most students, anywhere between 10 - 14 years is realistic. As they say, it's about the journey, not the destination.
Q: I'm a serious competitor. Are your classes going to be challenging enough for me?
A: Competing is highly encouraged, and competitors will have a challenging environment in which to drill, spar, and condition themselves. If you have a competition coming up, our team will get you ready.
Q: I have no interest in competing. I just want to train casually. Am I going to fit in?
A: Yes, absolutely. It is not at all unusual to be training alongside doctors, lawyers, salesman, carpenters, and people who view jiu jitsu as a casual hobby. Everyone has different goals. Hurricane Jiu Jitsu will match your speed. In any given class, there's room and time for everybody to train at their own pace.
Q: If I make a mistake, am I going to get yelled at and have to do knuckle push-ups in front of everyone?
A: If you've done traditional martial arts, this might sound like a reasonable scenario. Not here. We train hard and many of us are serious about jiu jitsu, but nobody is here to mistreat or embarrass you. On the mat, we are all training partners and friends. Regardless of your rank.
Q: I signed up at your school, but I have friends who train over at "insert other jiu jitsu school." Am I allowed to go train over there once in awhile? Or do you frown upon that?
A: Cross training at other schools is highly encouraged. If you're serious about jiu jitsu, then you must experience the benefits of training with people who have different styles and instructors. Likewise, all students from all schools are welcome at our Sunday open mat.
Q: I loved my first class and I want to get into jiu jitsu. Where can I buy my own gi, shorts, rash guards, gym bags and stuff?
A: Check out our online store. We offer a variety of products for both new and experienced students.