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Jiu Jitsu, often referred to as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Its core principle is to enable a smaller, weaker person to effectively defend themselves against a bigger, stronger opponent using leverage, technique, and body positioning.

Here’s a breakdown of the key aspects of Jiu Jitsu:

  1. Ground Fighting: Unlike some martial arts that emphasize strikes and kicks, Jiu Jitsu primarily takes the fight to the ground. This approach levels the playing field by mitigating the advantages of size and strength.

  2. Leverage and Technique: The art is built on the use of leverage, joint-locks, and chokeholds to compel an opponent to submit. Techniques often involve manipulating an opponent’s body in ways that force them into uncomfortable and untenable positions, leading them to tap out.

  3. Submissions: A major component of Jiu Jitsu is the submission, which is achieved by applying holds that can potentially lead to pain or injury if the opponent does not surrender. Common submissions include arm bars, leg locks, and chokes.

  4. Guard Position: An essential element is the guard position, where a practitioner is on their back but controls an opponent using their legs. This position allows various defensive and offensive maneuvers despite being seemingly at a disadvantage.

  5. Gi and No-Gi: Jiu Jitsu can be practiced with a Gi (a traditional kimono and pants) or without a Gi (no-gi). In Gi Jiu Jitsu, practitioners can grab the clothing of their opponent, which adds a layer of strategy. No-Gi Jiu Jitsu is closer to wrestling and emphasizes body grips.

  6. Physical and Mental Benefits: Practicing Jiu Jitsu provides extensive physical conditioning, improving strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. It also offers mental benefits such as problem-solving skills, discipline, and resilience.

Jiu Jitsu is popular worldwide as both a sport and a method of self-defense, known for its depth of technique and tactical richness. It’s practiced by people of all ages and abilities for fitness, competition, and self-improvement.

Great question! 

Besides the fact that most fights will end up on the ground pretty quickly and the person that know how to fight there will most likely have the best chance.. 

Standing and fighting is dangerous. It’s chaos! Even someone who has no idea how to fight is dangerous and has a “puncher’s chance” at all times. 

In Jiu Jitsu we want to bring the fight to the ground where is far less dangerous, especially when you know Jiu Jitsu. 

Once on the ground, we will past our opponents legs (strongest most dangerous part) and work our way to the most dominant position that we can where we can then get into a position where our opponent either gives up, or faces various broken or dislocated bones, or is strangled unconscious. 

Jiu Jitsu is the true “Red Pill!”

Most people who try it for the first time are instantly humbled and mindblown that the realm even exists! 

It is truly an amazing art, and you will be amazed when you experience it for yourself. 

Pro tip: Swing by 15 minutes early to high-five the staff, instructors, and sign a waiver (if you haven’t already done so).

Footwear wise, flip-flops or sandals are the way to go—leave the sneakers at the door, because no shoes are allowed on the mats.

Trust us, flip-flops make the mat-transition as smooth as your best move.

Got your own gi?

Bring it along!

Don’t have one? No worries!

We’ve got gis in all sizes.

Just give us a heads up before you come so we can reserve the perfect fit for you.

Dressing for a no-gi class?

Rashguard and Shorts are ideal, or a simple t-shirt if you’re just giving it a try.

Don’t forget a water bottle to stay hydrated!

If you do, no sweat—we’ve got water and other drinks you can snag for a small fee.

Gear up in a gi!

This isn’t just any outfit—it’s your armor for jiu-jitsu adventures (and it’s a hit in judo, karate, and sambo too).

The name ‘gi’ springs from the Japanese ‘Keikogi’ or ‘Judogi’, where ‘Keiko’ means practice and ‘gi’ means garb—so basically, it’s your ‘practice wear’!

Your gi kit comes in three pieces: the jacket, pants, and the all-important belt.

It’s not just for show, either. Those sleeves and collars? Perfect for gripping, choking, and mastering your moves as you roll on the mat.

Built tough, Jiu Jitsu Gi’s are typically from sturdy cotton, your gi is stitched to endure the daily dance of martial arts mayhem.

Got an old gi in the back of your closet? Whip it out!

Just a heads up: once you join the club, sport our logo with pride—other academy logos will need to stay home.

Dropping by for a visit?

Feel free to rock your home team threads!

Just trying a class? All good! 

Wear whatever gi you’ve got.

No dress code, no gi policy* for visitors.

Colors, brands, logos, and gym affiliations – all good.

Just show up and train.. 🤙🏻

*One tiny rule: please make sure your gi is clean and doesn’t have the ol’onion smell. That’s it!

To put it simply – and probably the most obvious point – In Gi Classes, you rock a gi.

In No-Gi, you don’t.

It’s that straightforward.

In Gi jiu-jitsu, the uniform isn’t just for show; it’s crucial for executing many techniques and movements.

No-gi jiu-jitsu, meanwhile, might remind you more of wrestling with its faster pace and emphasis on speed over leverage.

For no-gi classes, feel free to wear rash guards along with board shorts or leggings.

While each style has its own set of pros and cons (technically speaking), both share a deep conceptual foundation and complement each other perfectly in enhancing your overall jiu-jitsu training.

Yes! Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic choice for women, offering not only top-notch self-defense techniques but also a chance to be part of a warm and growing community, all while boosting both mental and physical fitness.

In terms of self-defense, Jiu Jitsu is invaluable. It empowers you to effectively use leverage and precise techniques, especially when facing an opponent larger than yourself.

The Jiu Jitsu community is vibrant and expanding. It’s a place where passionate individuals unite to practice, learn, and grow together.

Jiu Jitsu stands out from many other martial arts; it doesn’t rely on aggressive attacks. Instead, it’s a more fluid and almost graceful art form that challenges your physical boundaries (expect a boost in cardiovascular endurance!) and sharpens your mental game as you master techniques and tactics during training.

And there’s more good news—we offer a women-only class! It’s a perfect opportunity to train in a supportive environment and bond with a tight-knit group of fierce friends.

Heck No! We have members here who range from 4-5 years old to almost 60!

There are 70 years olds just getting their black belts! It’s amazing! 

It’s important to know that we will only train as hard as you want to train. 

Most of members are here for “hobby” Jiu Jitsu.

They are professionals, with jobs that they need to get to every day.. 

We offer both adult and children’s classes. As a sport, jiu-jitsu should be and at Hero is, truly for everyone. ❤️