FAQ

1. What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It promotes the concept that a smaller opponent can submit a stronger opponent by using superior leverage, grip, and positioning. The sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does not include punching, kicking, or striking—this is why it’s called “the gentle art”. This is also what makes it possible to practice techniques against each other.

BJJ is the most effective and the fastest growing martial art in the world. It’s also a great way to stay in shape, make new friends, build self-confidence, and gain a deep understanding of the workings of the human body.

 

2. What should I bring to class?

You'll be breaking out a sweat!

  • water
  • No Gi: athletic shorts or gi pants & rashguard or t-shirt
  • Gi: bring a gi / martial arts kimono. A Jiu Jitsu gi is tighter fitting and more durable than many other martial arts gis, but it is fine to use any type of gi to begin
  • a towel if you would like to shower afterwards

 

3. Do I need any protective equipment?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art, but sometimes accidents do happen, and the occasional elbow or knee may make contact. It is a good idea to wear a mouth guard. Some people also like to wear lightweight knee pads.

 

 4. I have never trained jiu jitsu before, should I contact you first, and which class should I take?

You can send us a message via Facebook or halifaxbjjsociety@gmail.com if you like, but you are also welcome to just show up! Please arrive 10 minutes before class starts to sign our waiver.  

You should start with a Fundamentals 1 Class, which focuses on the fundamental techniques, movements, and positions of BJJ. It gives you a solid foundation that you can later build on with more advanced techniques. 

We are always excited to introduce people to the sport, and our class structure allows instructors to spend some one-on-one time with students. If you have never tried jiu jitsu before, you can train with us for one week for free. After that, we have a special Fundamentals price of $80.00 + tax per month. This allows you access to all Fundamental Classes, Morning Classes, and Sunday's Open Mat. 

 

5. What are your classes like? 

Our classes start with a brief warm-up before we move on to the lesson for the day (drilling). This may be a series of techniques or an in-depth exploration of a few moves. We finish class off with free rolling / sparring, where you have the opportunity to practice and defend these techniques in a more organic environment. Competition Class and Open Mat are less structured, with a warm up and free rolling. 

 

6. Where can I buy training gear?

Marcelo Garcia's store now delivers to Canada! www.marcelogarciastore.com

 

7. Why do you only have Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes?

In Mixed Martial Arts gyms, many people quickly choose a favourite martial art and stick with it. This sometimes means no one gets enough mat time. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is our favourite, and we wanted a place where we could train all day, every day (in between our day jobs of course).

If you’re interested in cross training, we can recommend many great MMA gyms in the city.

 

8. What does ‘Marcelo Garcia Association’ mean?

Marcelo Garcia is a 5X World Champion, and 4X ADCC Champion, considered to be one of the greatest grapplers of all time. The Halifax Jiu Jitsu Society has partnered with Marcelo to become an official Marco Garcia Jiu Jitsu Association and member of the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Network. Our instructors make regular visits to Marcelo's NYC Academy and we host seminars in Halifax with some of the biggest names in Jiu Jitsu today.

 

9. What does ‘Non Profit Society’ mean?

It means that all profit stays in the Society. The Society is its own legal person, and there is no owner or shareholder. This means that any money the Society makes stays in the organization and makes the organization healthier.

The Society is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a volunteer executive board. They approve the membership rates and make sure the Society has enough money to pay rent, power, etc. They also approve any new expenditures (such as for new mats or subsidising seminars / guest instructors).