Q: I do not have any prior martial arts experience do you offer classes for beginners?
A: Our classes are open to all skill levels, beginner through advanced. We do offer our BJJ 101 class for beginners twice a week to help the beginner build their foundation in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Q: Do you teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?
A: The answer to this is both yes and no. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu both come from the same source. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is comprised of a specific curriculum which the system is taught from. However, the techniques are from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So technically we are all teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, however I do not teach from the same curriculum taught under the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program.
Q: What is the belt system for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
A: For adults there are 5 belts; White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. For children the belt system can vary by age depending on the school or association, but generally the ranks are; White, Yellow, Orange, and Green. For both adults and children each rank has up to 4 stripes (degrees) before a promotion to the next belt level.
Q: Is there a belt rank test and if so, do you charge testing fees?
A: No, there is no belt rank test and I do not charge belt rank testing fees.
Q: How do I receive promotion and how often?
A: Students promotions are based upon the head coach’s assessment of their skills. This includes but is not limited to; consistency of training, ability to retain techniques learned, ability to apply techniques during live sparring, etc. The ranking process in BJJ can be very subjective. Students are not promoted to a given belt level until they possess the skills that someone of that level should possess. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not the right art for you if you are looking to receive a new promotion every few months.
Q: How long does it take to achieve the rank of Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
A: This varies from student to student. Generally it takes anywhere from 1-2 years, but there have been exceptions depending on the student’s prior training and natural abilities.
Q: How long does it take to get a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
A: This also varies from person to person. Generally it takes upwards of 7-12 years if the student trains consistently during that whole time period, however, it’s completely subjective to the individual. There have been extraordinarily gifted individuals who have received their Black Belt in 2-3 years, but this is definitely an exception to the norm.
Q: I want to become a MMA fighter do you teach MMA at your gym?
A: The main focus of our gym is the instruction of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ is an integral component in an MMA fighter’s skill set. We do offer classes in basic striking as well as basic MMA to build the foundation for your MMA journey. Coach Foster requires that any student who is going to represent his team in MMA achieves the rank of Blue Belt prior to stepping into the cage/ring. This gives the student time to become well rounded in all of the skills required to become a well rounded MMA fighter.
Q: I am over 40 years old, am I too old to attend BJJ classes?
A: No, many of my top students are over 40! As long as you make sure to work within your own abilities and give yourself time to recover you will do great! Remember, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is based on technique and leverage, not athleticism or youth. Train smarter, not harder!
Q: I am recovering from an injury that I suffered in the past and my doctor has cleared me to train. Will I be able to work into your BJJ classes slowly with my physical limitation?
A: Yes! The art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. We can work around any limitations that you may have, as long as you make the instructors aware of any exercises, drills, or techniques that are causing pain or discomfort.
Q: What areas of the Seattle area do you provide instruction to?
A: We are now serving the Seattle, Kent, King County and Pierce County areas of Washington State. Our school is centrally located and easy to access no matter where you live!