FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Which class is best for a brand new adult student?
A: We offer Intro To BJJ on Friday at 6:00pm for people who are totally new to martial arts and grappling. But most new students really enjoy the Monday 6:00pm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Tuesday 6:00pm No Gi Jiu Jitsu classes as well. There’s something for everyone at these sessions. Technique starts very basic, and then more advanced techniques are slowly introduced as class goes on. Students are welcome to practice whatever technique is most comfortable for their level.
Q: Which class is best to bring my child for their first time?
A: Since our Kids Program is solely focused on the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, enrollment may begin at any time. Any 5:00pm weekday class will work. Please note that the Saturday Kids Competition class is for advanced children only.
Q: I would like to try a class. Where do I begin?
A: Check out our schedule, pick a class, and make an appointment. The Get Started section of our website will walk you through this process. Show up 15 minutes prior to your 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. Our atmosphere is casual, and appointments are not required. Walk-ins are always welcome.
Q: I don’t have a uniform (gi). Do I have to buy one before I begin training?
A: No, we’ve got you covered. We have laundry facilities on-site, and we keep clean loaner uniforms for trial students to use.
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: Do you offer any free trial classes before I sign up?
A: Yes. 30 days, totally unlimited from the date you sign your waiver. 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 competitive, the instruction is great, and the facility is world class. 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.
Q: What is Brazilian 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: Any tips for a new student?
A: Shower, trim your nails, brush your teeth, be polite, have an open mind.
Q: Tell me more about that white karate robe-looking thing that people wear to some of your classes!
A: That's called a Gi. 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 here, 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. Owner and head instructor John Lawrence discusses BJJ belt promotions in depth in this video.
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 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: 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: 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 Hurricane, but I have friends who train over at another 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.