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  • Do I have to be in good shape before I start?
    No, you will get into shape as you train. As with any exercise program, you should consult with a physician before beginning. Many people have started "out of shape" but they got into better shape through regular training. We emphasize that our classes are hard but you are welcome to start at your own pace and slowly build up to a full training session. Through application you will achieve your fitness goals. Some people have lost in excess of fifty pounds through BJJ training.
  • Am I too old to start training Jiu Jitsu?
    No, you are not too old to begin jiu jitsu training. We teach people of varying ages and with varying levels of physical fitness. All of our exercises and drills can be tailored to fit your individual fitness goals and everyone can get in great shape while having fun and making new friends!
  • I've never practiced a martial arts, is Riverstone Jiu Jitsu right for me?"
    Yes! Riverstone Jiu Jitsu classes are packed with students from a wide array of martial arts backgrounds. Some hold high rank in other martial arts, while for others, BJJ is the first art they have studied. Riverstone Jiu Jitsu is a welcoming family environment. Regardless of your martial arts background, you are welcome to train, learn and grow with us. After all, a black belt is just a white belt who never quits… so come on in!
  • I am very busy with my work schedule, how much time do I need to train jiu jitsu?"
    Three or more classes per week are recommended, but any amount of time you can devote to jiu jitsu is great. As with anything else, the more you practice, the better your technique becomes. As you progress through the ranks if you want more 1:1 attention we offer private lessons which can further help hone your skills.
  • What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
    Jiu-Jitsu, which literally means “the gentle art,” is the most effective form of self-defense that does not rely on physical strength and power. Using techniques of strikes, holds, locks, chokes, throws, and evasions, it employs mechanics through leverage and knowledge of human anatomy to overcome any attacker with minimal effort and strength. Jiu-Jitsu teaches self-confidence, improves self-esteem, relieves stress, and increases the ability to focus.
  • What do I need to wear to train? Is there a special uniform?
    Comfortable clothing like shorts, t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms, yoga pants, etc. will be fine for your first day of training with us. Once you decide Jiu Jitsu is right for you, you will want to purchase a gi (training uniform.) We have gi’s for sale, or if you prefer, we can recommend places online.
  • What is the belt and promotion system?
    Adult belts go as follows: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. One of the main differences between BJJ and other martial arts is that it is hard to get promoted. At a blue belt level, you can almost be considered a lethal force. Jiu Jitsu takes commitment and dedication.
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