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  • General Questions
    • What Membership options are available?

      Please visit the membership page.

    • Can I Visit Arte Suave without signing up to a membership?

      Of course! Everyone is welcome at our Academy. We offer Casual Passes which you can find more information on here PLUS we offer FREE Open Mat sessions for experienced practitioners here

    • Do you offer No Lock in contracts?

      Yes we do.

    • Do you offer packages for more then 1 child?

      Yes please see more info here.

    • I’m a beginner what will my first class look like?

      Watch here!

    • What do I bring to my first class?

      To ensure you’re comfortable and ready for the class, here’s a checklist of items to bring:

      • Water Bottle: Hydration is key! We provide filtered water for refills.
      • Footwear: Bring thongs (flip-flops) or slides/sandals for easy transitions on and off the mats.
      • Towel and Change of Clothes: Comfort post-training is essential, and you will sweat, a lot!
      • Gi: If you already have a Gi, please bring it along. If not, no worries—we offer free loaner Gi’s for your trial period.
      • Rashguard or Fitted Top: Wear this under your Gi for hygiene and comfort.

      For No-Gi Classes:

      • Top: A fitted t-shirt or rashguard works best. No sleeveless or crop tops please.
      • Bottoms: Opt for shorts (without pockets, zippers or buttons) or leggings. No super short shorts please.

      Our aim is to make your BJJ experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. If you have any questions about what to bring or wear, don’t hesitate to message or call us. We’re excited to welcome you to our BJJ family!

    • What Is a gi? Is that the same as the kimono?

      Understanding the Gi: Your Martial Arts Uniform

      The Gi is a traditional uniform worn in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts like Judo, Karate, and Sambo. Its name is derived from the Japanese terms “Keikogi” or “Judogi,” where ‘Keiko’ means practice and ‘Gi’ refers to clothing. So essentially, a Gi is a practice garment.

      A complete Gi outfit comprises three components: the jacket, the pants, and the belt. Each part plays a crucial role in training, offering various tactical uses such as grips, chokes, and guards. The design of a Gi is not just about tradition; it’s tailored for functionality in martial arts practice. The heavy stitching and durable cotton material ensure the Gi can withstand the intense and frequent training sessions.

      While often compared to the Kimono, the Gi is specifically designed for martial arts, featuring reinforced areas to support the unique requirements of grappling and technique execution in arts like Jiu-Jitsu.

      In essence, wearing a Gi is not only about adhering to martial arts traditions but also about equipping yourself with a functional garment that enhances your training experience.

    • What if I have my own Gi, rashie etc but it has another academy's logos on it?

      At our academy, we welcome you to train in any Gi or No-Gi attire you already own. Feel free to wear gear of any colour or brand, including items with patches from other academies. We appreciate that Jiu-Jitsu gear is an investment, so there’s no need to purchase new items if you’re already equipped.

      However, please ensure that your Gi is specifically designed for Jiu-Jitsu – Karate Gi’s, for instance, are not suitable due to differences in design and fabric. Additionally, it’s important that your gear is clean and fits you properly. A well-fitted Gi is not just about comfort; it also allows your training partner to practice grips and techniques effectively.

      Our priority is your comfort and the functionality of your gear in training, so as long as these criteria are met, you’re all set to train in your own gear!

    • Can I buy a Gi/Rashguard/shorts etc at the academy?

      Yes, we have a large selection of Gi’s and No Gi gear available.

    • What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

      Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo (focuses on takedowns) was separated from older systems of Japanese jujutsu by this important difference that was passed on to Brazilian Jiu-Jujitsu. It is not solely a martial art; it is also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in people, and ultimately a way of life.

    • What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu good for?

      BJJ was originally designed for self-defense and now promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves or another against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations.

    • Can you learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at home?

      No, you need a qualified instructor and a training partner to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

    • How many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belts are there?

      Ranking system:

      • White
      • Blue
      • Purple
      • Brown
      • Black

      It’s usually around 2 years between each belt if you train consistently for 3-4 classes per week. After black, the belts are given according to years on the mat.

      • Black & Red
      • Red & White
      • Red
    • What do I bring to my first class?

      Water bottle, we have filtered water here, thongs (Flip flops) or slides/sandals for a seamless transition and off the mats. Towel, and change of clothes, Gi (if you have one) If you don’t have a Gi we will lend one to you for free for the trial. For under your Gi you must wear a rashguard or fitted top.

      For No Gi fitted t-shirt or rashguard and shorts (and leggings) with NO pockets. No sleeveless tops or super short shorts please.

    • What is a gi?

      A Gi is a uniform worn during jiu-jitsu (as well as various other martial arts, including judo, karate, and sambo) training. The word “Gi” comes from the Japanese term, “Keikogi” or “Judogi”.

      Keiko means practice; Gi means dress or clothes. A Gi consists of 3 pieces; the Gi jacket, pants, and belt.

      Different parts of a Gi are strategically utilized for grips, chokes, guards, and other techniques during training. Typically, it is heavily stitched and usually made of cotton to withstand the rigors of daily practice.

    • What if I have my own Gi or rashie but it has another academy's logos on it?

      You can wear any Gi or No Gi clothing you like. Any colour or brand is fine, if it has patches from another academy it doesn’t matter, the only exceptions is that that the Gi must be a Jiu Jitsu Gi, ie no Karate Gi’s, it must be clean and fit your properly ie not too small so your partner can’t get any grips. Jiu Jitsu gear is expensive, we don’t expect you to buy a new stuff if you already it.

    • Can I buy a Gi/Rashguard?shorts etc at the academy?

      Yes, we have a large selection of Gi’s and No Gi gear available.

    • Is BJJ good exercise?

      Most definitely! In addition to being immensely FUN, training will increase your muscle tone, bodily coordination, cardiovascular capacity, muscular endurance, balance, and will (inevitably) reduce overall body fat. Which is why it is very important to please make sure you hydrate and fuel yourself properly before and after training.

    • What is the difference between gi and no-gi?

      In short – and perhaps the most obvious point – the uniform! In Gi Classes, you wear a Gi. In No-Gi, you don’t!

      Gi Jiu Jitsu, the uniform is a fundamental piece of most techniques and movements. Jiu Jitsu’s original and primary focus is self-defence, in the Gi you are taught how to use it, clothing, to your advantage against your opponent.

      No-Gi jiu jitsu, on the other hand, more closely resembles wrestling as it is often faster paced and places emphasis on speed rather than leverage. It is also more sports focused because you cannot grab the clothing.

      In No-Gi classes, you can wear rash guards and board shorts or leggings. Please no shorts shorts, sleeveless tops, crop tops, and guys if you wear spats, please wear shorts over the top (to protect you), this is to keep our environment neutral and make sure no one is uncomfortable.

      While each style has advantages and disadvantages (technically speaking), they share a remarkably similar conceptual foundation and are absolutely complementary to one another in training jiu jitsu overall. Which is why it’s important to train both to get the full understanding and experience of Jiu Jitsu.

    • I'm a woman: Is BJJ right for me?

      YES!  Jiu Jitsu is an excellent choice for women, especially for how it contributes to one’s self-defensive ability, confidence, sense of community and belonging, and of course, mental and physical fitness.

      Regarding self-defense, it is a fantastic skillset to have (and practice) because, when an “opponent’s” physical size exceeds our own, Jiu Jitsu trains us to utilize leverage and specific techniques that work to fill that gap. It is a technique based sport, when if the little person is more skilled they will usually have advantage over the bigger person.

      Outside of self-defense, the jiu jitsu community is widespread and actively growing; passionate people with a shared passion come together to practice, make mistakes, grow and learn from one another. One of the best things about Jiu Jitsu is the variety of people it attracts, so many friendships are formed in the academy, that would not have had the opportunity to form outside of it.

      Lastly, unlike other popularized martial arts, jiu jitsu does not include over-aggressive attacks, punches, or kicks that leave people unconscious. Rather, jiu jitsu is quite the opposite. It is a more fluid, almost graceful-looking martial art that will challenge you both physically (get ready to increase your cardiovascular endurance!) and mentally, as you think logically to apply learned techniques and movements during training. Hence why it’s called “The Gentle Art”.

    • Is there an age limit for BJJ classes?

      No! We have members here who range from 1.5 years old to over 70! We offer both adult and children’s classes. Because the impact of jiu jitsu is so low it has longevity, so you can train, at your pace for as long as you like! As a sport, jiu-jitsu should be, and at Arte Suave it is, truly for everyone.

    • How often should I train?

      You can train as little or as much as you like, however, to progress at a normal pace, we recommend a minimum of 3-5 sessions per week.

    • Do I need previous martial arts experience?

      Not at all, Jiu Jitsu is a great martial art to begin your martial arts journey. It is an important base that any martial artist will need to learn. Most other martial arts teach you how to fight standing, Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to fight when you get to the ground.

    • I train at another academy, can I drop in for a class sometime?

      You are most definitely welcome, we love visitors! You just need to make sure you book first, please follow this link to do so: Casual Pass

    • Which classes are suitable for beginners?

      Any of the classes on our timetable that say FUNDAMENTALS will be suitable for beginners. When you come in for your trial, for those 3 classes you will be assigned a partner, someone who has been with us for a while, who will help you through the class as well.

    • How do I start?

      Start with our 3 FREE Trail Classes here 

    • Is BJJ good exercise?

      Absolutely, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is not only an exciting, interesting, and enjoyable sport but also an excellent form of exercise. Engaging in BJJ training offers a full-body workout that enhances muscle tone and improves overall physical coordination. Regular practice boosts your cardiovascular health, increases muscular endurance, and promotes better balance. Plus, it’s an effective way to reduce body fat.

      Given the comprehensive physical demands of BJJ, it’s crucial to stay hydrated and nourish your body appropriately both before and after your training sessions. Proper nutrition and hydration play a key role in maximizing the health benefits of BJJ and ensuring you have the energy to enjoy and excel in your training.

    • Do I have be fit to train BJJ?

      Beginning of your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) journey doesn’t require you to be in peak physical condition. In fact, BJJ is an excellent starting point for improving your fitness, regardless of your current fitness level. You’re welcome to start training at any time and progress at a pace that feels comfortable for you.

      BJJ is unique in that it naturally enhances your fitness as you learn and practice. The art itself is an effective way to build strength, improve cardiovascular health, and increase flexibility. As you immerse yourself in learning the techniques and engaging in regular training, you’ll find your fitness levels naturally improving.

      What makes BJJ particularly rewarding is that you’re not just working out; you’re acquiring valuable skills in self-defence. This means every session contributes not only to your physical well-being but also to your personal growth and confidence. So, don’t worry about your current fitness level. In BJJ, getting fit and learning self-defence go hand in hand. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your body adapts and becomes stronger as you continue your training.

    • What is the difference between gi and no-gi?

      See “What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

    • I'm a woman: Is BJJ right for me?

      Absolutely! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is not only suitable for women but offers numerous benefits that make it an excellent choice. BJJ is renowned for its effectiveness in self-defence, its capacity to build confidence, and the strong sense of community it fosters, along with significant mental and physical fitness gains.

      Self-Defence and Empowerment: BJJ is especially empowering in self-defence scenarios. It teaches you to use leverage and technique to overcome opponents larger than yourself. This focus on skill rather than brute strength means that in BJJ, a smaller, more skilled practitioner can often outmanoeuvre a larger adversary.

      Community and Connection: BJJ is more than a martial art; it’s a community. It brings together people from all walks of life, united by their passion for the sport. Training in BJJ offers a unique opportunity to form lasting friendships and connections in an inclusive and supportive environment.

      A Gentle yet Challenging Art: Unlike some martial arts that focus on striking, BJJ is often described as ‘The Gentle Art’. It emphasizes fluid, controlled movements over aggressive attacks. This doesn’t mean it’s easy, though – BJJ will challenge you physically, enhancing your cardiovascular fitness, and mentally, as you apply techniques and strategies during training.

      BJJ is a deeply rewarding journey, offering a unique blend of physical exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. It’s a welcoming and empowering sport for women looking for a challenging yet respectful martial art.

    • Is there an age limit for BJJ classes?

      At Arte Suave, age is no barrier to joining our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) classes. Our diverse community ranges from young enthusiasts at 1.5 years old to inspiring practitioners over 70. We proudly offer tailored classes for both adults and children, ensuring a welcoming and appropriate training environment for every age group.

      One of the remarkable aspects of BJJ is its low-impact nature, which contributes to its longevity as a martial art. This means you can train at a pace that suits you and continue your BJJ journey for as long as you desire. Whether you’re starting young or embracing the sport later in life, BJJ offers a fulfilling and adaptable experience.

      At Arte Suave, we firmly believe that jiu-jitsu should be accessible to everyone, and we strive to make that a reality. So, no matter your age, you’ll find a place here where you can learn, grow, and enjoy the many benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

    • How often should I train?

      At Arte Suave, the frequency of your training is entirely up to you and your personal goals. While you are welcome to train as often or as sporadically as suits your schedule and comfort level, we typically suggest engaging in 3-5 sessions per week to maintain steady progression in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

      Regular training not only helps in refining your techniques but also ensures a consistent improvement in your skills and understanding of the sport. Of course, the key is to find a balance that works for you, keeping in mind your other commitments and physical well-being. Whether you’re a casual practitioner or aiming for more advanced goals, we’re here to support your journey at a pace that feels right for you.

    • Do I need previous martial arts experience?

      Previous martial arts experience is not a requirement to begin training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). In fact, BJJ is an excellent starting point for anyone embarking on their martial arts journey. It provides a fundamental base that is crucial for any martial artist, regardless of their experience level or background.

      While many martial arts focus on stand-up combat techniques, BJJ specializes in ground fighting. This unique aspect makes it an invaluable discipline, teaching you effective techniques for self-defence and competition when the fight goes to the ground. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience in other martial arts, BJJ offers a comprehensive and enriching learning experience.

      Join us at Arte Suave, where we welcome all levels of experience and are committed to guiding you through every step of your martial arts journey.

    • I train at another academy; can I drop in for a class sometime?

      We are always excited to welcome practitioners from other academies to join us for a class at Arte Suave! If you’re looking to drop in for a session, we would be delighted to have you train with us. To ensure a spot in the class, we kindly ask that you book in advance. Please use the following link to schedule your visit:

      Claim Your 3 Class Pass

      We’re looking forward to sharing the mats with you and exchanging knowledge and experiences. See you soon!

    • Which classes are suitable for beginners?

      If you’re just starting your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey, our ‘FUNDAMENTALS’ classes are the perfect fit for beginners. These sessions are specifically designed to introduce you to the basics of BJJ in a supportive and engaging environment.

      During your trial period, we go the extra mile to ensure a great start for you. For your first three classes, we’ll pair you with an experienced partner who has been a part of our community for some time. They will guide you through the class, helping you get acclimated to the techniques and the flow of our training sessions.

      We’re committed to making your introduction to BJJ as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Check our timetable for ‘FUNDAMENTALS’ classes and begin your BJJ adventure with confidence and support!

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