>>What is JIUJITSU?
Jiujitsu is a martial art based on grappling and submission holds. Jiujitsu uses grappling to either maintain a dominant position and advance to a position of control and/or submission. It is also used to escape from a disadvantaged position into a position of dominance or escape.
>>Why JIUJITSU over other forms of martial arts?
Jiujitsu gives us the tools to remove ourselves from the most dangerous position we can be in during a physical altercation: on the ground with someone on top of us. At ASSET, we will also train in basic self-defense strikes, blocks, and grappling. The combination of these will allow for well-rounded self-defense. Additionally, each class will end with live sparring. During this time, you have the ability to put the moves you just learned to practice against a live, resisting opponent.
>>GI or No GI?
YES! Both! Each person seems to have a discipline they prefer. However, both forms of jiujitsu will help make you a better, more proficient grappler. Training in the GI will greatly increase your ability to escape and defend. This is much more difficult due to the increased friction caused by the murder pajamas. Conversely, NO GI will make you much better at using your body to control your opponent. Due to the lack of friction and inability to make grips, your body positioning must be much better.
>>Do men and women roll together?
Yes. This may seem like an uncomfortable thing at first. It is up to the individual to determine whom they are comfortable rolling with. As always, be polite and treat one another with respect.
>>At what age should my child start training JIUJITSU?
There isn’t a concrete answer here. However, a good rule of thumb is around six or seven. This is very child dependent. We understand kids are kids and none of them are locked in 100% of the time. Although, if your child requires a lot of attention it takes away from the rest of the students.
Some questions to ask yourself:
>>Can my child pay attention for 45 min?
>>Can my child follow instructions?
>>Is my child more aggressive or less aggressive?
>>How does my child do with physical contact?
>>Can I stay and watch my child’s class?
Absolutely. Feel free to stay and watch your child participate in class. However, a few ground rules for parents:
>>You are not the coach.
>>The best thing you can do as a parent is to sit quietly and watch.
>>No need to worry about discipline or helping the with the move.
>>No need to cheer for them during a roll.
>>Sit quietly and enjoy seeing your child and the others in the room grow.
>>Be happy for them and compliment them on their hard work.
>>I’m older, should I train JIUJITSU?
Yes, you should start training. Some of us may be a little more “seasoned” than others. That is ok. Pay attention to how your body feels. Let your training partners know if you have any injuries. Keep the rolls light and flowy. If you’re not ready to roll, that is ok too. Show up and drill the techniques being taught for the day and pass on the sparring portion until you’re more comfortable.
>>Is JIUJITSU safe?
As with any physical activity, there is risk involved. Bumps and bruises are a common part of any combat sport. Major injuries are rare and typically avoided by being a good training partner. Putting the ego in check and tapping when you are in a weird position or in a submission hold is another way to stay safe. Overall, Jiujitsu is very safe.