Can anyone train Jiu-Jitsu?
Yes! Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art based on using leverage which allows the weaker and lighter individual to beat or be able to defend against a stronger and heavier opponent. For this reason Jiu-Jitsu is recommended for everyone regardless of your physical condition, age or size.
Gracie Sports is an academy for everyone regardless of age or previous knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu. Come join us and be part of this team too!
What about Covid?
We are glad to share that on March 4th, Governor Ned Lamont announced his plans to revise some requirements implemented in Connecticut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the cases in the state drops and the vaccination plan is in place and at a good rate.
Beginning on March 19th, capacity limits will be eliminated for some businesses, including gyms and fitness centers.
The governor, in his recent announcement, stressed that while some of these restrictions are being eased, all of the protocols related to face coverings and cleaning measures are being maintained, and people and businesses are urged to continue adhering to those health and safety procedures.
Although it is good news and we will have more students on the mats each class, we need to continue working hard to provide a healthy and safe environment to our students, teachers, and staff. Some protocols are still in place in our academy and need to be followed:
Face covering is required;
Use hand sanitizer before and after leaving the mats;
Make your appointment online before coming to class and reserve your spot;
Check your temperature with a digital non-contact thermometer before entering our schools;
Only members participating in class will be allowed at the academy. No parents or visitors are allowed to remain inside the academy. Parents should drop their kids off;
Leave shoes and belongings at drawers at the entrance and come dressed;
Changing rooms are still closed. Flip Flops are required to use restrooms.
All members/parents must sign the Covid-19 waiver before conducting any Gracie Sports USA activities, if not done already.
During this unprecedented time, we remained open in compliance with the state guidelines, believing that better times are to come and grasped on our beliefs that a practice of a sport like Jiu-Jitsu is a better way to ensure physical and mental health mainly in those difficult times.
I’m out of shape and want to lose weight, is this possible in Jiu Jitsu?
Training jiu jitsu will help improve your physical condition in a fun and dynamic way. While performing the techniques you use your entire body while gaining flexibility and strength as well as burning calories and losing weight.
What are the risks of injury in Jiu Jitsu?
Safety is imperative at our gym, however accidents can happen like in any other activity. In Jiu Jitsu injuries are usually self inflicted due to the individual performing a technique incorrectly, but our instructors pay close attention and with each repetition the risk declines making jiu jitsu an extremely safe sport.
How long does it take for me to receive belts in Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu jitsu has 2 grading methods depending on the age of the student. Up to 15 years old the student receives the belts yellow, orange and green. From 16 and onwards the belts are colored blue, purple, brown and black. At our academy we have a defined grading system where you prepare yourself for your next belt with a determined amount of completed classes which varies from belt to belt. You can find out more at our facility.
How does a typical Jiu Jitsu class work?
The class begins with a warm up which also serves as physical conditioning varying every day among stretching, strength training, explosion etc. After warming up comes the technical training with repetitions of self-defense, control positions, joint locks and choke movements to name a few of the many jiu jitsu techniques taught. And finally we have the free training more commonly known as “rolling”.