6 Questions You May Be Too Embarrassed to Ask

Though Martial Arts have been prominent in our culture for the past 40-50 years, the specifics of all martial arts are something that many are unaware of. Mainstream sports such as Football, Basketball, and Hockey are so ingrained in our culture that, even if you are not interested, you will still absorb much of the knowledge. In our gym we teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Many people will only be introduced to these sports through MMA or a friend that already trains. As a result of many people discovering our sports in a nonconventional way, many people will have questions about the simplest things. Luckily we are here for you with all the silly questions you always wanted to ask!

Gentle Art Dojo Academy
  • What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
    • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is called the “Gentle Art” as we do not teach striking. It is a grappling art focusing mainly on how to employ technique and leverage to defeat your opponent.
  • What is Muay Thai?
    • Muay Thai is “The Art of Eight Limbs.” Meaning they utilize both feet, knees, hands, and elbows to strike. It is similar to kickboxing in this sense but has extra techniques.
  • What are the uniforms that you wear in BJJ?
    • Traditionally in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we train in what we call a Gi. The Gi was made to simulate clothing but is tougher to enable more training. 
  • Do you use the belt system?
    • Yes, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we do! The belts that we use are White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. Each belt is broken up into stripes as well so you can track your progress. To get your black belt it usually takes about 10-15 years, so do not get hung up on the belts! Focus on learning each day. In Muay Thai we do not use any belts.
  • Do you spar on your first day?
    • No, we do not have you spar in the beginning of either BJJ or Muay Thai. This is because we prefer to have our students build a base of knowledge before we have them spar. Sparring without any technique is not beneficial to you or your partners. To spar effectively you must demonstrate that you can do so safely and with the proper technique. This is for the safety of both yourself and your training partners.
  • Do I have to be in shape to start? 
    • No, you do not have to be in shape to join! If you are already in shape chances are that you are not in BJJ or Muay Thai shape. This means that if you are training for the first time you will be tired to matter what. The motions we go through in simply are warm-ups are enough to get anybodies’ heart rate up regardless of fitness level. If you are not in shape there is no better way to get in shape than joining! Within your first month you are guaranteed to be in significantly better shape than you were when you started.