Frequently Asked Questions
What is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, full contact combative sport and a form of self-defence that focuses on grappling , particularly ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes taking an opponent to the ground and utilizing ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and choke holds.
When would I use Brazilian Jiu-jitsu? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defence. Identified worldwide as an effective control system, Police forces, security personnel and various elite groups of the military have included the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in their curriculum
Are you really a full time Brazilian Jiu-jitsu school? Yes, we are. While some schools teach aspects of "jiu jitsu" or incorporate it in to their MMA programs, we are proud to focus on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as a complete art. We do teach other grappling styles as part of your total training however.
I want to compete, can I? Yes. There are many competitions Australia wide in BJJ, submission wrestling (No Gi) and MMA. Do not feel pressured however, at Sphere Martial Arts we also understand that many people do not wish to compete but rather train for self defence or fitness.
Can I join at anytime? Yes. Beginners can start at anytime. If you'd like to check out a class, Feel free to drop in and have a look or contact us for a chat. Class times can be found here
What should I wear to class? If you are new, come to your first class with shorts and a tee shirt that you won’t mind getting stretched or ripped (hopefully not though!). A rash top/ sun shirt would also be great. Proper hygiene is required, you must be clean and odour free and nails( toes and fingers) are to be cut short. No, singlets or zippers on the mat please. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes: For the first month you can wear your shorts and shirt however after this you will be required to buy a gi (training uniform) for our classes.. Submission wrestling: Rash guard and shorts are required to train in our submission wrestling / MMA classes.
What is submission wrestling? Submission wrestling means grappling without a GI. We use rash guards and shorts for our submission wrestling classes.
What kind of shape do I have to be in? Minimum physical requirements. BJJ is a contact sport/art. Some medical conditions may prevent you from participating. For safety reasons please let the instructors know of any injuries or medical conditions that you might have before class so we can assess you particular situation. As far as general fitness though it doesn’t matter what your level is. With assistance from your instructors your fitness will definitely improve as you progress .
Do you accept anyone? No. We will not train someone to become a bully, street fighter or criminal. Anyone thought to pose a risk to the existing student base will be barred. We have a culture of respect and request that egos are “checked” at the door . Our students consist of police officers, military personnel, students, professionals, and parents .....We reserve the right to refuse any clients or participants.
How do I get started? Give us a call (0418 716 966) or drop us an email. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Come on in and check out a class or jump on the mat with us. After that, if everything works out, become a part of the team!
What is the club atmosphere like? We are very proud of the student base and atmosphere we have at Sphere Martial Arts.. We give one on one instruction at every class and make sure you are getting the attention you deserve
What do you think of other martial arts? I love the martial arts. I believe the best martial art is the one that you feel is right for you. Some arts focus on sport, some on exercise, some on self defence, and some on pure combat effectiveness. Bjj and other grappling arts definitely have a place in all of these focuses. I am thankful to have learned some amazing things from other martial artists along the way. However, my journey in BJJ has given me the ability to take all that knowledge and put it together into a cohesive system.
I am looking for a good workout. Is it? Our classes can be intensive workouts at times. If you like getting the heart pumping, muscles working and the adrenaline going, then come check us out! If your fitness is not quite where you would like it to be then that’s fine. Each student works only to the level they are comfortable with.
Are the classes 'rough'? This isn’t Tai Chi so expect a physical workout. Bumps and bruises do occur from time to time however careful supervision and your safety are foremost in our mind. Your sparring is only to the level you are comfortable with
Are there belts in Jiu Jitsu? Yes. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system awards a practitioner different coloured belts to signify increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill. These belts start at white and progress through blue, purple, brown and black.
Does one have to be strong or big? No. BJJ & submission wrestling uses human bio-mechanics, physics and proper positioning to achieve your outcome. BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground.. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of manoeuvres (and counter-techniques) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique or restraint.
Are you affiliated with any groups or organisations? Yes, as an active member with Australasia’s largest BJJ organisation – Will / Machado . BJJ Australia, the original Brazilian Jiu Jitsu network in Australia, was founded by John Will and is the official arm of Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Australasia.