Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Listed below are the most frequently asked questions we’re asked about joining Gracie Barra Harrogate and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

What should I wear to my first class?
For your first class, you will be provided with the Gracie Barra uniform (during the sign up process for your trial, you will be asked for and estimation of your height and weight so this can be prepared).
Note: Currently, due to COVID-19, we are unable to provide a trial uniform for you. So please wear a close-fitting t-shirt/compression top and shorts/leggings.
Is there a minimum attendance?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a skill that is not acquired overnight. As such, a commitment in the form of ‘time on the mat’ spent studying and practicing is essential to your development. We recommend a minimum of 2 classes per week in order to see gradual progress toward your goals and to be eligible for progression through the grading system. Train more than twice per week, and you will see rapid improvements.
How much does membership cost?
We have various different membership options, depending on how you wish to pay and how often you intend to train. The best options suited to you can be discussed following your introductory class.
How many belts are there in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
There are 5 main belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: in order of progression, these are White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. Each of these belts is then sub-divided by four ‘stripes’ that are awarded by the instructor at intervals to acknowledge a student’s progress in skill, commitment to the art and achievement of their own Jiu Jitsu goals.
Do you pay for gradings / promotions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Absolutely NOT. We do not charge for stripes or belt promotions. Whilst the Black Belt is achievable for all committed students, the belt system in BJJ has been kept simple for a specific reason. Emphasis is placed on enjoyment of the journey and the training itself; not the acquisition of belts.
Do I need any protective wear?
We do not advise you to wear a cup/box for groin protection. It is recommended to get a good quality gum shield for when you advance to live training classes.
Can I compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Yes! There are fantastic opportunities to compete and test yourself within the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and/or submission grappling (No-Gi). At Gracie Barra Harrogate we have an experienced competition team that will support your competitive endeavours.
I'm not interested in competition. Is this school for me?
Absolutely! Whilst we encourage and support our competitive students, the majority of our members have busy jobs and/or balance the family schedule; practising Jiu-Jitsu for non-competitive reasons such as self defence, stress relief, fitness etc.
Am I too old to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
There are two times in your life when it is best to start BJJ; 6 years old and Today! We have members of all ages, ranging from 6 to 60 years old. We recommend trying a class before making any assumptions!
Can I pay per class?
We do have a drop in fee, or the option to buy a block of 5 or 10 classes for non members ‘visiting’ the school. However our monthly memberships are by far the best value for people wishing to train regularly. Speak to one of our team at your trial class to discuss which option is best for you!

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