How is a normal BJJ class run?

There are two types of classes offered at Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu of Indianapolis. The Fundamental class covers the basics and gets the students feet wet.   It covers basic control positions, attacking and defending with the guard, escapes, submissions, self-defense, and strategy. It is here that the student  learns a little bit from each position and prepares to continue into the Advanced classes. We do sparring in these classes but it is positional sparring that focuses on honing the techniques that we are working on in these classes. The Advanced class is for 2 stripe white belts and up. This class then continues on with more advanced techniques. We will work on all types of positions and continue using the positional sparring to hone the techniques learned. Every night after the Advanced Class is a sparring class. This class is for Advanced members only. This class will be structured sparring. The sparring class is not mandatory but recommended. Live sparring will allow you to work on your techniques at a live pace. It is here that we work on improving our games and here that we open ourselves to making mistakes.

Who can learn jiu jitsu?

Practically anyone can utilize the Jiu Jitsu techniques created by the Gracie family. The core principles of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu provide a method for smaller, weaker individuals to protect themselves from bigger, stronger attackers, no matter what age or level of athleticism.

Do you offer classes for kids?

Yes, we start kids off at 4 years old and up. We take our kids very seriously and see jiu jitsu and martial arts as a very strong character builder and influence on chilren's lives. We offer 2 different classes for 2 different age groups and do this because kids learn at different speeds as they mature. We offer kids 4-7 and 8-14. We love jiu jitsu for kids because it promotes all kinds of skillsets like self-defense, self-confidence, physical agility, mental focus, discipline, respect and camraderie. Students can increase muscle development, improve coordination, flexibility, and overall aerobic capacity.  Throughout the classes, we also discuss important concepts like goals, courtesy, self-control, integrity, dedication, self-awareness, perseverance, discipline, self-esteem, and responsibility.

Do you offer family discounts?

Yes we do! Give us a call to go over our current specials.

What are the belt ranks in jiu jitsu and how do they work?

The ranking system in Brazilian jiu jitsu is done through a series of colored belts. Each belt represents a level of proficiency. Each belt generally takes between 2 to 4 years of consistent practice with the exception of blue belt which can be obtained within a year of diligent practice. For the Adults the ranking system goes as follows: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black. for Children the belts are: White, Grey, Yellow, Orange, Green. There are age restrictions in BJJ so that you will not see children in black belts. If you are a black belt in BJJ then you are a black belt. The age restrictions are: WHITE – Beginner, any age GREY – 04 to 06 years of age YELLOW – 07 to 15 years of age ORANGE – 10 to 15 years of age GREEN – 13 to 15 years of age BLUE – 16 years of age or older PURPLE – 16 years of age or older BROWN – 18 years of age or older BLACK – 19 years of age or older

Do you offer beginner's classes?

Yes we do.  The Fundamental class is for beginners and consists of some self-defense and basic fundamentals on the ground from all positions. The goal of the Beginner or Fundamental classes are to prepare you with enough tools to begin studying in the advanced classes. The fundamentals classes are fun and a good way to get your feet wet.

What is open mat?

Open mat is a time that students can come in and use the facility to lab out Jiu Jitsu techniques, do repitition drills, or do live sparring.

What are private classes?

Private classes are invaluable. This is a time that you or you and a friend can train with the instructor one on one. You bring in your questions and it is here that you can refine your game quickly and efficiently. Go to the pricing section to get current rates on private classes.

Why do we use a gi (uniform) and do I need anything else?

The gi (pronounced GEE) is the uniform used by Jiu Jitsu practitioners.  It differers from the karate or tae kwon do uniforms in that it is much heavier to resist the pushing and pulling that is common on the ground.  The gi is a learning tool. Many and most of the best grapplers in the world have trained a significant amount of time in the gi. It teaches you to be tighter in your game, have better weight distribution, and make fewer mistakes. You can learn how to grapple without the gi, but learning with the gi will make you better faster. For guys that have never trained before in a gi but have some grappling experience, it can be a little frustrating at first, but eventually it grows on them and they eventually enjoy gi training as much as no gi training. It is recommended to use a fitted mouthguard and a groin protector at all times. It is also the personal preference to use a rash guard (Underarmor) under the gi top and compression shorts under the gi pants.

I know all schools are different, what is the proper etiquette for Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu?

Here are some of the things we consider proper etiquette at Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Indianapolis:

  • Keep your uniform clean
  • Avoid foul language
  • Respect everyone
  • Never ask or challenge a higher rank to spar
  • When sparring, if you bump into another group that is sparring, the lower ranks always stop and move
  • Be on time for class
  • Call your instructor if you will be absent for a length of time
  • Always bow or shake hands before sparring
  • NEVER get too aggressive while sparring, you should relax and go easy
  • Don't grind away, or go too hard trying to tap people out
  • No Shoes on the mat
  • Refrain from horseplay, talking, and interrupting while your instructor is teaching
  • When training techniques, do them slowly and work on understanding how the technique works and how to best apply it
  • Keep yourself properly groomed

Do I have to compete to get rank?

No. Competition is not mandatory to move through the belt system, however, it can be a huge aid. Competition is not for everyone but win or lose you always come out learning more about your personal strengths and weaknesses.

Will Jiu Jitsu help me to get in shape and lose weight?

Absolutely!  Jiu Jitsu is a great kind of cardiovascular workout. It will get you in shape, help you lose weight, give you better core strength, and make you more flexible over time. It is fun way to exersize and certainly beats standing on a treadmill staring at a TV.

Carlson Gracie Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu Intro

A video showing different aspects of the Carlson Gracie Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu School.