Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions:


What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
The Gracie family developed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the mid 1900’s. BJJ, put simply, is traditional Jiu-Jitsu/Judo modified to meet the demands of real, no rules, fighting that was prevalent in the streets of Brazil.


What is the difference between Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and BJJ?
BJJ’s concentration on ground fighting skills and constant live practice differentiates it from most Japanese Jiu-Jitsu systems. BJJ was not created in a vacuum and you will find many of the positions and techniques in other traditional systems, but BJJ specialization on ground fighting is unique.


If my opponent is bigger and stronger than me, won’t he always beat me?
Especially when you first begin training and your arsenal of techniques is limited (as well as your understanding and “feel” for positioning) the stronger, faster opponent will dominate. This is natural, however, the emphasis in BJJ is not on superior athleticism but on using leverage, balance and pressure to control and ultimately submit a larger, stronger opponent. This is the ideal goal of Jiu-Jitsu. If you do not make a commitment from early on to concentrate on developing your skills but rather always relying on your natural abilities, your development will hit a plateau very quickly and you will never gain a greater understanding of Jiu-Jitsu and your own potential.


How long does it take to get ranked in BJJ?
This varies greatly from club to club, team to team, instructor to instructor, and most importantly, from individual to individual. Skill in Jiu-Jitsu is gained from experience and proper technical application not by how many moves you know. Every person will progress according to his own abilities and goals. Though there are many exceptions, the average time is approximately 1-1.5 years to blue belt, 3 years from blue to purple belt, 3 years from purple to brown bel t and then 3-5 years to gain your black belt. The average committed student can expect a journey of 10-12 years to gain the black belt.


The Royler Gracie-David Adiv Jiu-Jitsu Team ranking is as follows:

• White belt
• White belt 1-4 stripes
• Blue belt
• Purple belt
• Brown belt
• Black belt


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