At the Brentwood Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy we teach in a very relaxed and non-formal atmosphere. We don´t do any strange rituals and we teach the classes with a lot of humor. Our main goal is to make it fun to train with us.
As with any endeavor, Jiu-Jitsu requires patience, determination and time to learn and master. Previous experience in other grappling arts is helpful, but is not a requirement for training. Students quickly realize there are no secret techniques, easy solutions or quick shortcuts—just plain old-fashioned hard work. Only through repetition, refinement and live sparring can the student retain the information and ingrain the techniques and strategies of Jiu-Jitsu to a state of reflex.
One cannot expect to master Jiu-Jitsu in a few short months. Knowledge of technique does not equal skill. The only way to improve your skills is to acquire enough "mat time." Therefore, all students are strongly encouraged to attend class on a regular basis. Beginners to Jiu-Jitsu should expect at least 4 to 6 months of solid training before seeing significant returns in their technique and physical conditioning, and at least 12 months of training to get a solid grasp of the basics. Advancement all comes down to your time spent on the mat. Students are promoted solely on their technical proficiency and their ability to perform on the mat. Most individuals do not receive their black belts until after 8 to 10 solid years of training! However, don't be discouraged if this time frame seems long. The color of your belt is unimportant and its only purpose is to hold your pants up. Your focus should be on improving yourself, your skills and having fun!
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals Class
Even advanced students still attend Fundamentals
This class focuses on learning and applying the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students practice various techniques using a traditional gi/kimono. Beginners will learn the reasons behind the mantra of "safety, position, submission" and practice: break falls, positioning and leverage, escapes, sweeps and the closed guard.
Advanced students also attend the Fundamentals classes to advance their technical abilities and continue to ingrain the fundamentals into their game.
Even for beginners competition is encouraged but not required. Open to all members.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Advanced Class
Advanced - taking it up a notch
In the BJJ Advanced class students will continue to learn and practice: takedowns and throws, advanced sweeps and escapes, submissions, and new guards and guard passes. Judo and Wrestling/Submission grappling as well as specific no-gi techniques are integrated into the training to create a well rounded practitioner.
Competition is encouraged but not required. The Advanced Class is open to blue belt students and above or by invitation.