NEW TO BJJ

Welcome to Elements Martial Arts Academy. When you first walk in you will notice that although everyone is training really hard, they are also very friendly and welcoming, as well as the fact that the academy is clean and comfortable. We hope you choose to participate on your first visit or stay to watch a class, using the opportunity to talk to an instructor regarding your training needs.
Please come and feel free to ask any questions that you have. We have a number of Fundamental Classes on offer which are perfect for you if you have never trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, remember your first week of training is absolutely free! If you are unable to drop into the Elements Martial Arts Academy, just call or e-mail us to discuss your training requirements. We are fully committed to helping you decide if Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Elements is for you.

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Am I fit enough to train in BJJ?

If you have any medical condition whatsoever you should get permission from your doctor prior to any sort of athletic training. If you do have any ongoing medical conditions please speak to one of the instructors, in confidence, prior to training.

BJJ is based on techniques designed to allow a smaller, weaker person to defeat a larger, stronger attacker, so it doesn’t necessarily matter how big or small you are. BJJ techniques can be applied by anyone of any size because it’s based on leverage and positioning… and the added benefits are that you will get stronger, healthier and fitter from training with us.

• You do not have to be flexible.
• You do not have to be strong.
• You do not have to have previous athletic experience.
• You do not have to compete.
• You do not have to be in shape.

No matter your age, gender, or previous experience, attempt as much as you can, gradually, over the coming weeks and months you will notice an improvement physically and mentally.

What do I wear/bring to class?

The uniform we use to train jiu jitsu is called a Gi or a Kimono. A judo gi will be sufficient if you have one, but a karate or TKD uniform may rip as they are not strong enough to withstand all the pulling and gripping. Alternatively shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt will be fine for your first few lessons, but be aware that they may tear or stretch! Also please ensure all the clothing you intend to wear does not have any zips or buttons, or anything else that could damage the mats or injure your training partners! For the same reason, any jewellery, watches and piercings should also be removed. Please note that shoes are strictly not allowed on the mats and all training is done barefoot, but feel free to keep your socks if you wish!
Flip flops are provided for walking anywhere in the facility away from the matted area.

It is always a good idea to bring some water to drink with you, although we do have a filtered water drinking station that is free for students to use. You will definitely break a sweat so you may want to bring a towel with you.

Hygiene

Please make sure your fingernails and toenails are short and clean, and any long hair is tied back. Any training equipment and clothing should be clean and in good state of repair, and washed after EVERY single training session.

What does a class consist of? What is a class like?

Fundamentals class:
Before starting your first class , all students sign a Waiver of Liability form and fill in a Medical Questionnaire. The Fundamentals class is a 16 class course that has been specifically developed to help beginners and experienced practitioners alike to understand and remind them of the basics of BJJ. We show the same class for the whole week so that we have allowed you the chance to really understand the finer details before we move on to the next class within the course. It is always a good idea to arrive a little early to introduce yourself so that the instructor is aware you are there. You will also be required to fill out a simple form before you are permitted to join in with the class. • Warm-up: The warm up moves tend to be grappling specific. Over time the more you become familiar with these, the easier it will become to understand the core principle movements in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu • Techniques and drilling: The instructor will then demonstrate a sequence of techniques to the whole class. The sequences will be shown in sections to make it easier to understand. we will then pair you up to practice and perfect these moves in a light and uncontested manner. Once the sequence has completed we will then allow you time to go over the sequence again from start to finish. Now you will probably have lots more questions, if you enjoyed the class and want to continue training, let your instructor know and you can take it from there.

Competitions:
Elements Martial Arts has an active and successful competition team. If you wish to, you will get all the support you need to fulfil your ambitions, but while you’re training here you will have no pressure to compete.
Classes for beginners:

You are welcome to attend any of the classes on the beginners timetable on our website.

However, the classes below are the fundamental classes which we recommend to you initially.

Monday at 18:30
Tuesday at 18:30
Wednesday at 18:30
Thursday at 12:00
Saturday at 11.15

Feel free to drop in for your week trial whenever you like. You do not need to let us know when you will be coming in.

We look forward to helping you develop and achieve your fitness, self defence or any other goals you wish to achieve by training with us.

Gym Etiquette

•Always show respect to your instructors, training partners, and other students. Respect in training means: do not seek to harm fellow students physically (e.g. by cranking a submission harder than necessary to make them tap) or emotionally (e.g. by calling them names or making threats).

• Be a good training partner. Do not be a limp fish when drilling with your partner. Alternatively, do not aggressively resist every movement your partner makes when doing a technique, you are both learning for the first time. This is the time is for you to figure out the basic movement and then embed to memory. If you have feedback, use your voice to give it, not full on resistance. Your partner will thank you and will be more likely to return the favour.

• Do not be afraid to "tap out" when grappling. This means that if you are in a hold and you want your partner to let go, tap your hand loudly on the mat or preferably on your partner. If you are caught in a submission, you should tap when trapped, not when pain starts to appear, or when you are fairly certain something is about to break. Be honest with your partners and don’t tap when a submission isn’t locked in yet, but once it’s locked in, do your duty as a good partner and tap!

• You must never continue with the hold when your partner taps, when your partner taps you must let go. Always be aware of the level of contact that you are using, do not try to harm your partner. When you grapple roll with respect first, intensity second. Remember that you are responsible for your own safety and for the safety of your training partner.

• If the instructor has not changed the task, then continue doing the task they have given (i.e.do not sit around talking because you feel you have done a technique enough times). You can NEVER do a technique too many times

• Do not talk while the instructor is talking. It distracts those who are trying to learn and is disrespectful to the instructor. Avoid lounging as studies show that people learn more effectively when seated in upright postures, and when the instructor calls "stop" you must stop what you are doing IMMEDIATELY. While we strongly encourage asking questions of the instructor, please keep them for after the demonstration.

• Maintain good personal hygiene and keep finger and toe nails short and clean to prevent injury to yourself and others. Bring a clean and dry gi to each class. Also, bring a rash guard or T-shirt in your gym bag for no-gi classes.

• Keep shoes off the mat at ALL times, so that we can keep the mats clean and sanitary. Do not walk outside with bare feet. If you have to go off the mats, wear flip flops, sandals or shoes. This is especially important to prevent the spread of skin conditions such as ringworm. Do not leave the mat during class without the instructor’s permission.

• Do not shout loudly or use profanity in the gym. This should go without saying.

• Please wear your gi, a T-shirt, or rashguard whilst in public areas of the gym, refrain from going topless!

• Keep mobile phones off during class. They are very distracting.

• Please recycle empty water bottles in the recycling bin provided and use the waste bins provided.