FAQ

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling based martial art which combines element of Judo, Japanese Jiu Jitsu and wrestling. At its core are the principles of leverage and positional dominance that allow smaller or weaker individuals to prevail over bigger, unskilled opponents.

Do I have to be fit to start BJJ?

No, the sooner you start the better. Fitness will come with practice.

Do I need a Gi (kimono)?

If you want to try a class but you don’t have one let me know in advance and we’ll try to bring one along your size. You won’t need a Gi for your first few classes, I’ll make sure to adapt any technique I am teaching to suit you if you don’t have one.

Are classes for members only?

Not at all, we operate an open doors policy for both classes and open mats regardless of whether you train elsewhere in Glasgow, though PAYG prices apply.
Anyone travelling from outside the West of Scotland trains for free.

How much do you charge?

I try to offer a few different membership options to ensure BJJ remains an accessible sport.

Privates are £30 per hour, £120 for a block booking of 5 privates.

We offer a 10% discount for emergency services and NHS staff or if you are in financial hardship or unemployed, a full time carer for a family member or on maternity leave please get in contact and we can try sort out reduced rates (will require evidence).

We accept card & contactless payments on the day and your first class is free.

I am in Glasgow on holiday / visiting family / for work and I need my BJJ fix, can I come along?

Of course! We love having visitors! We are affiliated with BJJ Globetrotters and offer free training to visitors. Send me a message or just show up, we’ll be glad to host you!

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I am a black belt from xxxxx on a seminar tour/travelling, would you like to host me?

Yes, we also love when others come share their knowledge! As a small club we will find it difficult to pay a set fee but if we can come to a per-head agreement we’d love to have you!

How do you handle my data when I fill in contact, membership and ParQ forms?

Please have a look at our Privacy Notice!

Any other questions please get in contact or check out Reddit’s r/bjj exhaustive list of questions!