Frequently Asked Questions

Garry Tonon BJJ Academy Etiquette

  • Show up to class in good hygiene (use deodorant, shower before class, wear clean non-smelling clothing)

  • If you are feeling unwell stay home.

  • Bring a towel & extra training apparel

  • Make sure finger/toenails are clean & clipped

  •  NO SHOES ON THE MAT

  • Wear footwear outside mat area

  • Use locker rooms to change clothing

  • No filming without permission

WHAT IS BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts in that it provides solutions for all possible stages of combat. Other disciplines like Tae Kwon Do or Karate focus on striking and rely on a person’s strength and speed to deliver damage, but speed and strength doesn’t matter when you’re on your back. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts fundamentally. While other martial arts rely heavily on strength and speed, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu relies on superior technique and leverage.

WHAT IS A GI?

A Gi (sometimes referred to as Kimono) is the uniform that is typically worn when training Jiu-Jitsu. It consists of 3 pieces: a jacket (or top), pants, and a belt. The material in which the three pieces are made is specially reinforced to withstand the rigors of daily practice. Most practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu who advocate the usage of the Gi cite the more technical aspect of grappling with a Gi.

IS BJJ GOOD EXERCISE?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while rolling provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce you body fat while improving your balance, bodily coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.

WHAT DO I WEAR MY FIRST TIME (INTRO CLASS) TO CLASS?

The best thing to wear to a first class is a shirt and shorts.

WHAT’S A TYPICAL CLASS LIKE?

We begin class with some light calisthenics and stretching. Following our warm-up we then begin drilling technique. These drills when done over and over help form muscle memory and help our students retain technique. When a student qualifies they then begin to spar (or roll). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight. The instructors at Garry Tonon Jiu-Jitsu will evaluate each student and let them know when they qualify to roll live.

IS JIU-JITSU SAFE?

At Garry Tonon Jiu-Jitsu safety is paramount. Accidents may happen, however, lack of seriousness during training and the resultant careless application of technique or counters contribute greatly to injury. Careless practice is disrespectful to your partners, instructors, and the academy.