The motto of our Adults Program is “Through the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle, become a better you.”
Simply put, Jiu Jitsu will change your life. Our goal at Waza BJJ is to make Jiu Jitsu as a mechanism for human growth and development and becoming the best version of yourself. If you fully embrace and live the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle, you will grow mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Waza BJJ’s adult program is designed for men and women of all ages and abilities. We are open seven days a week including both the morning, afternoon and evening, and three open mat sessions on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. (See schedule for details).
Waza BJJ offers the following types of adult training opportunities:
Gi Jiu Jitsu. In this class students practice jiu jitsu wearing a traditional uniform called a “gi.” The gi is considered a weapon and can be gripped and used for both offensive and defensive techniques. Gi classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
No-Gi Jiu Jitsu. Other than the obvious difference of clothing type, the strategies of no-gi training and competition vary considerably from the gi. The pace tends to be quicker and has a more narrow range of techniques. Typical attire in the no-gi class includes a rashguard or t-shirt and grappling/board shorts. No-gi classes are held every Thursday morning and evening or during Open Mat.
Open Mat: Open mat allows Waza students to practice newly developed techniques, drill their favorite techniques, address technical problems and strategic gaps in their overall game, and “roll” (spar) in a no instructor-led atmosphere, with or without the gi. Open mat is held on Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and Sunday evenings.
Women’s Only. We have a number of women that train in our general adult class. However, we have a women’s only gi class for those women who feel more comfortable training with other women or want to focus on fundamentals and techniques that are geared more toward self defense than sport Jiu Jitsu. (This class has been temporarily removed from the schedule. If you would like to be put on our waiting list, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
We offer two free trial classes to see how you like Jiu Jitsu and get a feeling for our training environment. To take advantage of this offer, you can do the following:
Schedule a Class: Send us an e-mail to determine the appropriate day and time to come in
What to Bring: We recommend bringing a t-shirt or rash guard (spandex type top) to wear underneath the gi (uniform). Additionally, we advise bringing flip flops to you can move on and off the mat (to use the restroom, get a drink of water, or go into the changing room) without put on your shoes.
Show Up Early: Show up at least 10 minutes early to the first class. When you come in, just wait by the door of the office and an instructor will greet you and set up for class, including handing out a loaner gi to try on and quickly going through the basic rules.
Waiver: Fill out the student application and waiver when you arrive.
Classes vary in length between 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Each class is generally divided into three sections:
1. Warm Up: We incorporate Jiu Jitsu-specific drills, movements, and exercises that increase blood flow to muscles and tendons to prevent injury while reinforcing basic technical concepts that contribute to a solid foundation.
2. Technique: The instructor typically teaches two new techniques that follow a theme for the week or sometimes month. After each move is taught, students have the opportunity to practice the move with a partner. Sometimes drilling (technical repetition had a higher, more intense pace) is included to practice the move at a more realistic pace and help condition the body at the same time.
3. Sparring: The last part of class is reserved for controlled and supervised sparring, more commonly referred to as “rolling.” This is the portion of class where the rubber meets the road and students can go in a live situation against a resisting partner. Sparring is the heart of BJJ training that strengthens its efficacy and provides a fun and challenging workout.
For those just starting their BJJ journey, your first couple of weeks will be different. You will first be taught basic theory and objectives. After learning some basic techniques from our Foundational Curriculum, we will slowly introduce you to sparring situations over the next several weeks. We will have you do “coaching rolls” where we pair you up with a more experienced student who is technical and fluid and can talk you through what you need to do. You don’t have to be in great condition. Your condition and fitness for grappling will build over a period of several weeks. In addition, you can go at your own pace.