Are you interested in learning Jiu Jitsu? Maybe you aren’t so interested in martial arts, but you would like to get in a workout without logging time on a treadmill or getting good at working out. Students are drawn to Jiu Jitsu for a variety of reasons beyond self defense ranging from the great workout it provides to the high mental engagement it demands.


Jiu jitsu is the most effective single martial art there is, however stepping onto the mat for the first time should be welcoming and not feel like a challenge match. Much like driving a car, you don’t just start “seeing how you do”, you take classes and learn. At Praxis we take pride in our ability to take the brand new beginner to not just the experienced practitioner level, but as far as you wish.

 

The word praxis means the process by which an idea is made a reality. One of the ideas we champion is that skill can be developed with diligent, consistent work. We have taken a number of students from their first day, when they felt there was no way they could learn the art, to having a very respectable level of skill at something that was once intimidating.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling based martial art. There are no punches or kicks taught. Much of Jiu Jitsu is about movement and control, so before we get too far down the road of interpersonal conflict we want to make sure you can move well. Staying in shape means staying limber and in control of how your body moves.  How's your front roll, back roll, and cartwheel? Developing good mat awareness and mobility is one of the first confidence building bridges you cross enroute to learning Jiu Jitsu.

To smooth out the bumps and bruises that come with the art we practice on a surface called a floating floor. There are several hundred 4”x3”x3” blocks supporting a plywood deck, upon which rests two inch thick foam padding covered with an impermeable vinyl top.

In our beginners class, the intro course, you will learn the basic Jiu Jitsu moves, positions, and strategies. A course handbook outlining all of this in detail will be emailed to you when you reserve your free week of class.  The handbook presents the concepts and strategies essential to effective Jiu Jitsu practice. It will outline how to approach your training and help you develop skill faster and safer.

Jiu Jitsu is an amazingly effective and versatile martial art. Learning it doesn't have to look like fight club. It should be an enjoyable and engaging way to strengthen your mindbody connection and get in shape. Our academy consists of a student base ranging from experienced competitors to brand new beginners. One thing they all have in common is that at one point they knew as much about Jiu Jitsu as you do right now. Reserve your first class, try the free week and see if Jiu Jitsu is something you'd like to learn.

 

What do I wear for the classes?

The intro level courses are all nogi or no kimono. Typical attire is board shorts and a tee shirt. Ladies can wear yoga pants/athletic bottoms and a tee shirt. You don’t want to wear anything too loose and no jewelry is allowed. No exposed zippers please. We want to eliminate anything that could catch fingers, toes, or cause an injury.

 

Do I need to bring anything?

Please bring the following; 1) an ID for the waiver, 2) a change of clothes if you wish to change here, 3) a water bottle - we have water and cups here if you need them.

 

What can I expect to do in class?

The intro classes feature the self defense techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All classes begin with a warm up that consists of individual movement drills designed to develop coordination, and body awareness. We then move on to partner drills that highlight the techniques we are covering for the week. All of the drills include the element of progressive resistance (your partner helps raise the bar slowly as your success rate increases). Emphasis is always placed on working with your partner in a productive fashion under great instruction.

 

I have some experience, and I think I can skip the intro classes. Who do I talk to about this?

Have you trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before? Do you have a colored belt (blue, purple, brown, black)? Contact us here or call/text 360.329.2289 so we can get you in the appropriate class.