What is BJJ?

BJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu first became popular in America in the 1990s with Royce Gracie winning the first UFC and subsequent UFCs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was initially developed in the 1920s though. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was originally a self-defense martial art. However, Gracie-style BJJ is not the only style taught or practiced.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is practiced as both a self-defense martial art and a competitive sport that has over 2.9 million practitioners all over the world. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a unique form of martial arts in that it does not rely on punches and kicks as much as other typical martial arts. Instead, BJJ uses takedowns, controlling your opponent, and submission techniques like joint manipulation and chokes. 

Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Practical?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is taught to police officers, military members, detention officers, and many other professionals that need to detain someone without injuring them. At JFA Academy, students are taught both competition style and self-defense style BJJ. In a real-life struggle against someone, there is always the chance of the fight ending on the ground. In 2019, 31% of fights recorded over 5 continents ended on the ground. This is the reason BJJ is still a viable and useful tool for anyone to have who is serious about learning all-around self-defense. 

How Long Does it Take to Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?

From white belt to black belt, the average time is 10 years. For someone who is not looking to earn a black belt in BJJ and just wants to learn the basics or maybe just wants to earn their blue belt (the second belt in the martial art), it should take between 18 months and three years. While these are just guidelines, each school is not required to follow this timeline. Each school may have its own requirements and expectations of what they are looking for before giving someone a blue belt. Additionally, children (those who are under the age of 16 years) have different belts. 

As people get involved in BJJ they start out feeling like they know very little. They ask others who are higher ranked, “How long does it take to figure this out?” That depends on how much time you want to put into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It may take a few weeks or up to six months. So, understand that this is a very common feeling and that it is okay for you to feel this way! We all felt this way! You’ll even find memes about it!

 

What to Expect from Your First BJJ Class at JFA Academy

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also unique in that as a martial art it is a complete body workout that works cardio, endurance, and strength all at the same time. For your first class at JFA Academy, you will go through group warm-ups, solo drills, and partner drills. Then you will be taught the technique of the week. 

In your first class at JFA, all you will need to bring is yourself. A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uniform, or BJJ gi and belt, will be provided for you to borrow during class. After that JFA Academy will be happy to help you select and purchase a gi that properly fits you. It can even be delivered to the Academy! You’re also welcome to bring your own bottle of water or buy one from our Academy.

 

At What Age Can You Enroll Your Child in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

At JFA Academy, we require children to be 6 years old to join the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program. This is primarily for their protection. We are dealing with chokes, sweeps, and joint manipulation. It is important that the children understand the risk, and do their best to know when to “tap” to end the submission and be able to get the fullest out of each class.

Schedule Your BJJ Class at JFA Academy Today!

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