WHAT IS BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU [BJJ]?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the few martial arts that allows average people to defend themselves against larger, stronger opponents. We accomplish this by taking fights to extremely close quarters and/or to the ground in order to maximize our leverage and mitigate the physical advantages of aggressors. From there, BJJ practitioners are able to apply that leverage against an opponent’s blood supply or targeted joint, which inevitably leads to the attacker’s submission or incapacitation.
Like any sport or exercise, BJJ does carry a risk of injury. This is why the staff at Clube Los Angeles allots time in our classes to warm up, stretch, and cool down in order to allow students’ bodies to adjust to the vigorous exercise. When practicing submission attacks, participants may ‘tap out’ at any time, signaling their partners to release any hold immediately.
In short, student safety is of the utmost importance at Clube Los Angeles.
SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Not only will you feel more confident in your ability to defend yourself, but your membership at Clube LA will help you get into better shape, increase your strength and flexibility, help you handle stress more effectively, and introduce you to a new and diverse group of friends.
There are many fitness programs in the Downtown area from which you can choose, but if your goal is to get into shape, why not learn potentially life-saving skills in the process?
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST BJJ CLASS?
Please arrive about 15-20 minutes before the beginning of class so that you have time to sign the waiver and get acclimated. A staff member will then help fit you with a clean uniform (gi). We’ll bow into class, warm up, stretch, and then get going! During class, you’ll sweat, smile, and laugh, wondering what you were so nervous about. At the conclusion of class, we will bow out, say thanks to our partners and instructors, and then either relax on the mats or be on our way home feeling significantly happier than when we were at work.
I HAVEN’T EXERCISED IN A WHILE…
Believe it or not, many Angelenos are in the same boat, so take the pressure off yourself! Tackle your fitness goals one class at a time. What your classmate can or can’t do (yet!) is none of your concern; if you do your best and give it your all, you will drive home satisfied with yourself and your new path.
Remember: A black belt is simply a white belt who kept showing up.
WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER?
Clube Los Angeles specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing. We will also offer massage therapy/body work with licensed therapist Wade Thoren by appointment. Our schedule will expand to include Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, additional Kickboxing classes, and Strength and Conditioning classes as the student roster fills up. Yoga and Gimnastica Natural are also likely to end up on the schedule. Check back for updates!
Private, one-on-one instruction is also available for clients who would like individualized lessons. Please contact the office for rates.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is usually practiced in two ways. The more common and traditional way requires a ‘gi’ [pronounced ‘gee’, as in ‘Mr Magee’], which is similar to a Judo kimono. For men, we recommend bringing a fitted t-shirt to wear under your gi; for women, we recommend a sports bra and fitted t-shirt to wear under the gi top, and tights or bike shorts to wear under the bottoms. For your first class, we will provide you with a clean uniform to borrow. High-quality 93 Brand gis are available for purchase at Clube LA.
Alternatively, practicing ‘no gi’ involves wearing a surfing-style rash guard over the upper body, and board shorts and/or tights over the lower body. Mouthpieces are optional for those who would like an added layer of protection.
In the first few weeks of kickboxing classes, only gloves and hand wraps will be required. When sparring classes begin, shin guards and mouthpieces will also be required. Gloves and wraps are available for purchase at Clube LA.
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