Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions we often hear from new students. If you don't find an answer to your question, feel free to contact us for more information.
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
"The essence of Jiu-Jitsu is the science and the art of control that leads to submission."
In short, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling martial art with roots in judo. Although we do train takedowns, BJJ emphasizes ground fighting, with focus on escaping and controlling dominant positions and finishing with joint locks and chokes. Sparring, or 'rolling', is a regular part of training.
I’m out of shape/I’m older/I’m a woman. Can I do this?
Absolutely! We have male and female students of all different ages, sizes, and levels. BJJ is not about strength, its about using technique, leverage, angles, frames and structures, and superior positionning to overcome your opponent. There is no such thing as the perfect body type for BJJ.
Is it safe?
BJJ is probably the safest hand to hand martial art out there. You don't have to worry about black eyes and bloody noses. When applying submission holds, we release when our parnter taps out. As long as you warm up properly and don't have bad intentions, you don't need to worry about safety.
What should I wear?
For gi class, you need to wear a gi. If you don't have one yet you can either buy or rent one from the gym.
For no-gi class, T-shirts, rashguards, athletic shorts, leggings, and sweat pants are all acceptable.
We encourage you to wear a mouthguard as well as any protective gear (knee braces, etc.) you feel is necessary. Please do NOT wear jewelry or shoes on the mat.
Can I shower after training?
We have male and female changing rooms with secure lockers, toilets, showers, and free filtered water for our students to use.
What else should I know for my first class?
Show up early to get introduced and check out our gym. Before class starts, you should change into your BJJ gear, whether it be no-gi or gi clothing.
In your first class, you will participate in warm-ups and drilling techniques. For safety purposes, we do not allow you to spar on the first day. Instead, you are encouraged to observe and learn what rolling looks like.
We are pretty informal at Nanjing BJJ, but there are some traditions we follow out of respect. When lining up at the start and end of class, students stand according to their level, with more experienced students at the beginning of the line. Students should also bow when entering or exiting the mat area.
How much does it cost?
First class is free, come check us out! You can also contact us at for rates.
When can I get my next belt/stripe?
When you have reached a certain level, the coaches will give you a promotion. This decision will be based on a few factors; your attendance, your comprehension, your proficiency and execution of techniques, as well as your character and behaviour. We also have periodical testing.