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What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is a Thai combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with a variety of clinching techniques. This discipline is known as the “art of eight limbs” as it is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. back to the middle of the 18th century and was developed by the Thai people to defend themselves in wars. It also includes in the use of elbows, knees and upper-body clinching to its disposal, making it a well-rounded martial art for self-defence.
How fit do i have to be to start?
All our classes are self paced and low impact so you don't need to be fit to start. In fact it won't take you long to get fitter and stronger! As long as you are able to participate in general sporting activities you are fit enough to start with any of our classes. If you are unsure seek medical advice for any existing medical conditions. By starting out slowly and remaining consistent with martial arts training you will get fitter and stronger and be able to slowly take on more activities.
am I too old?
The short answer is NO!
A quick look at our bjj members photos will show bjj students of whom a large number are over 40 years of age.
Master Carlos Gracie maintains a high level of fitness through jiu-jitsu after the age of 60. TV show host and author Anthony Bourdain started training at 58 years of age and recently was awarded his blue belt.
What is brazilian jiujitsu?
Brazilian jiu jitsu is a martial art, a combat sport, a self-defense system, and a fitness program all rolled into one. It has proven to be one of the most practical and effective self-defense systems in the world due to both its system of teaching and its style of application.
Brazilian Jiujitsu relies on leverage and technique, rather than strength and size. This allows you to defend yourself against much bigger and stronger opponents. As a result, BJJ is a great sport for everyone — including women and kids.
It is one of the fastest growing martial arts, due (in part) to its profound success in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and with mixed martial arts in general. BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of getting into a position that forces an attacker or opponent to submit or give up.
BJJ is also a full-body workout. Your overall health and fitness will improve, including your flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness, ability to burn fat, and muscular endurance.
What is No-Gi Submission Grappling?
Submission grappling is a combat sport derived from the martial art of jiu jitsu.
Participants win matches by forcing their opponents into submission by applying a strangle or joint lock.
No striking is allowed and the bouts have similar structure to judo or wrestling matches, the greatest difference being that the match is ultimately won by submission, not by throwing or pinning your opponent to the mat.
Submission grappling provides a phenomenal and particularly enjoyable workout. Because you participate in live sparring matches against active opponents, the nature of the resistance encountered is always varied and unpredictable, allowing you to develop both great strength and cardiovascular fitness simultaneously.
The practical application and effectiveness of the sport cannot be overemphasised. This is evident by it being utilised by professional athletes in the UFC, EFC and other mixed martial arts events across the globe
I'm a beginner, which class do I attend first?
Most beginners start with our BJJ Fundamentals Class as it provides a good introduction to key skills at a pace that most newcomers to the martial arts can handle.
Muay Thai classes are open to all skill levels and are beginner friendly. The classes include general fitness and conditioning and will teach techniques and drills.
What is the right age for kids to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Kids can start from as young as 5 years or once they start attending pre-school. As all children are different and mature at different speeds, please contact us to discuss the needs of your child or organise for a free trial class where our Coaches can assess and provide feedback to see if your child is ready to start attending classes. Our Lil Ninjas class provides a great introduction for young kids in teaching skills of Brazilian jiujitsu while keeping it light hearted and fun.