Until you are on the mat, you will have no idea what

 Jiu Jitsu has to offer. 

Welcome to the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  The BJJ program consists of a belt ranking system that begins at white belt and progresses to black belt.  Each belt level consists of specific techniques in 7 major categories; takedowns, sweeps, guard passes, submissions, defenses, escapes, and combinations.  Techniques begin with fundamentals and become more difficult as each level is reached.  In addition each belt level has a corresponding number of techniques for each category.  The goal for each of us should be to become a Master, the epitome of the professional warrior.

During your Jiu-Jitsu Journey you will be tested physically, mentally, and socially. You will have your confidence and ego tested. You will experience the almighty slump. You will experience pain and frustration. You will have doubts and experience inadequacy. You will bleed and you will want to quit. If you stick with it, you will become stronger than you could ever imagine.

WARNING: Jiu-Jitsu, like any sport, involves a potential risk for serious injury. The techniques used in these classes are being demonstrated by highly trained professionals and are being shown solely for training purposes and competition. Doing techniques on your own without professional instruction and supervision is not a substitute for training. No one should attempt any of these techniques without proper personal instruction from trained instructors. Anyone who attempts any of these techniques without supervision assumes all risks. Tier 1 Training Facility Association shall not be liable to anyone for use of any of these techniques.

TERMINOLOGY

1.      Gi – Uniform used to train BJJ (Kimono)

2.      No-Gi - Practice/training without a Gi, shorts with no pockets or zippers and rash guard.  (uniform)

3.      Armbar - Locking the elbow joint of an opponent's arm. Usually causes opponent to tap out.

4.      Back Mount or Rear Mount - This is a position where a student has control of another student from the back (i.e. a student is face down with another student straddling his back).

5.      Break Fall - A technique to "break your fall" when thrown or falling by slapping your arm on the ground and properly positioning your body.

6.      Bridge - A technique use to "buck" off or dislodge an opponent who is in the mount position.

7.      Gi Choke - Where you use your Gi (uniform) or your opponent's Gi to perform a choking technique.

8.      Guard Position - When a BJJ student is on the bottom trying to defend against another student (who is on top of them) by wrapping their legs around the opponent.

9.      Half Guard - A defensive position where you are on your back. One of your feet is on the inside of an opponent's leg and the other is on the outside. From this position, many students will try to move to a guard position.

10.  Lapel – The bottom part of the Gi collar.

11.  Mount Position - Where a BJJ student is sitting on top of another student's chest or waist.

12.  Pass - Transitioning from one position to another (i.e. "passing" or getting around an opponent's guard position in order to gain control).

13.  Side Control - This is a position where a student controls another student from the side (i.e. one student is on his back and the other student is on top with his legs positioned out to the side of the opponent for better control).

14.  Submission - Where a student forces another student to submit (give up) through a choke, arm bar, etc.

15.  Sweep - Gaining a dominant position through a sweeping technique (i.e. knocking an opponent to the ground by sweeping them off their feet through a leg grab).

16.  Take The Back - To maneuver into position to achieve a back mount (or rear mount).

17.  Tap Out or Tapping - A BJJ student indicates his submission by tapping on the ground with a hand or foot, or verbally saying “tap”. 

18.  Turtle - A defensive ground position where you tuck in your arms, legs and head like a turtle hiding in its shell.

19.  Base - Center of Gravity, the point at which all of the weight of an object appears to be concentrated.

20.  Posture - Usually thought of as maintaining base while you’re in guard.  

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

1.       Come to class! We encourage everyone to attend class as much as possible.

2.      Take notes or video and review them between classes, this is highly encouraged!

3.      Take advantage of class time. Drilling a technique can be repetitive, but doing so will create muscle memory. Don’t waste your time by just going through the motions.

4.      Tap early and tap often. While it is important to practice escapes, err on the side of caution. You will save yourself from a lot of muscle and joint soreness and possibly having to miss training time.

5.      Ask questions. Take advantage of high ranks, and ask multiple people if you have a question. Each person may have details that are specific to their size and body type.

6.      Focus on learning one thing during each class. Don’t get overwhelmed. If you come away from each class learning one thing, that class was a success.

7.      Relax and breathe.

8.      Make improvements on and off the mat. Your training time is just a small percentage of your day. Use your time wisely.

9.      Look to improve your health and strive to be an example that others may want to emulate.

10.   Demand more of yourself.

BJJ FACT

You will get tapped out by a lower belt.

 

The best way to prevent this is to:

       Avoid lower belts that are getting better or giving you a tough roll.

       Avoid rolling when you are tired.

       Avoid putting yourself in bad situations.

If you avoid these things, you will be less likely to get caught by a lower ranked belt. But if you avoid these things, your development suffers, and your team will suffer.

The truth is, that it is no big deal to get caught by a lower belt. Keep it fun, and keep rolling.

 

COMPETITION LINKS

IBJJF –International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation    ibjjf.org

 

NABJJF –North American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation    nabjjf.com

 

AGF – American Grappling Federation    americangrapplingfederation.com

FIVE – Five Gi & NoGi Grappling     fivegrappling.com

NEWBREED – Newbreed Ultimate Challenge     newbreedgear.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

RULES & ETIQUETTE

        Leave your ego outside and be humble and respectful to others.

        Be on time for class (Arrive 10-15 minutes before class begins).

        Pull out attendance card.

        Put pagers and cell phones on vibrate.

        If you are late approach the instructor prior to joining class.

        Bow to the center of the mat when entering or exiting.

        Remove footwear before stepping on the mats.

        Wear footwear off of the mat. Flip flops or slip ons are preferred.

        Keep quiet while instructor demonstrates techniques.

        No foul language will be tolerated.

        No offensive odors such as unsanitary BO, tobacco, ammonia, dirty gi, etc.

        Students must wear the appropriate uniform for class. 

        Wear a kimono that is clean with no rips, tears, holes, or stains. No mismatching colors of the kimonos. Camouflage is reserved for active or prior service veterans.

        Women are required to wear a sports bra and rashguard under Gi top along with athletic undergarment under Gi bottoms.

        Men with excessive body hair are required to wear a rash-guard.

        Rash-guards are mandatory for NOGI class.

        Proper hygiene is required when going from one class to another.

        Keep uniforms and gear clean and serviceable (wash kimono after every class).

        Proper personal hygiene is required.

        Keep finger and toe nails cut short at all times, hands and feet must be clean.

        Long hair must be tied back.

        Remove all jewelry and piercings before class. No metal objects may be worn on the mats.

        Male white belts are to NOT pair up with female students unless directed by an instructor.

        Give higher ranked belts preferred space during sparring.

        Refer to black belt instructors as “Coach”.

        Be aware of your surroundings and maintain a safe environment when training.

        Use proper tap out procedures. Remember it is only a training session.

        Open cuts must be covered at all times.

        Show courtesy before and after each sparring session.

        Mouth guards are encouraged during sparring.

        If you are sick, stay home.

        You are responsible for your child’s behavior if he/she is not participating in class.

        What you learn is taught for your development not only as a student, but also as a citizen and should be used as a last resort when everything else has failed.

        Respect those you train with and your instructors. Rank is a symbol of knowledge and wisdom. Respect the training facility, instructors and the time devoted to the art.

        Senior ranking athletes will have seniority.  If a lower rank asks to train, the upper belt has the choice to accept or decline.  If the upper belts asks the lower belt to train, they must accept.

        Show respect by shaking the black belt or highest ranking coach/professors hand at the beginning and end of all classes.  This includes guest black belts.

        Don’t leave the mat without notifying the instructor.

 

ON THE MAT TRAINING PENALTIES

·         Hands on the knees = 25 burpees (hands on the knees shows your opponent you are tired)

·         Pulling guard from standing position = 25 burpees

·         Resting 5 seconds or more with both shoulders on the mat =25 burpees

·         Resting in the “turtle” position  for longer than 3 seconds = 25 burpees

Adult students will be awarded stripes on their belts to denote progress through the rank. At each belt four thin white stripes and four thick white stripes may be awarded. A student will be eligible for white stripes after attending 20, 40, 60, and 80 classes. After 100 classes, the student will receive a free private lesson to evaluate progress and establish areas to improve. Eligibility for colored stripes is after completion of 120, 140, 160, and 180 classes. After 200 classes, the student has reached the minimum requirements to test for the next belt. Rank is awarded based on the skill and progress of the individual student, and times given above are minimums and signify eligibility only. 

Promotions will be held twice a year, February and August only.

Little Rangers Promotions will be awarded as follows: after 15 classes (Saturday open mat not included) they will earn 1 white stripe.  After 60 they will be eligible for a black stripe.  The next 15 classes will earn another black stripe.  After an additional 60 classes they will be eligible for a gold stripe.  

After a total of 100 classes your child will receive one free 30 minute private lesson to evaluate their progress. 

After a total of 200 classes your child is eligible for the next belt rank.

 

Note:    Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shorten the time to be promoted, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the academy could lengthen it.

Tier 1 Training Facility Philosophy

“I expect you to lead at the upper levels of your knowledge, skill, and authority.

Be a teammate.

What's good for the team has priority over what's good for you.

Demonstrate professionalism in all that you do.

Be sharp, look sharp.

Teach, coach, guide, and mentor your force, but don't claim experience you don't have.

Never sacrifice what you know is right for what is convenient or expedient.

Live the life of a leader—one of values, character, courage, and commitment.

What you do and what you tolerate in your presence best demonstrate your standards.

Empower your subordinate leaders to work at the full level of their authority.

Encourage your subordinate leaders; train them, trust them, hold them to standard.

Remember—the prime measure of your performance is the performance of your men.”

 

Rear Admiral (Ret) Eric Olson