Frequently asked questions

I am not sure if BJJ is right for me. Can I try it out first before I sign up?

Of course. You can train a whole week for free before you have to make a decision.

I am only visiting Zurich, can I still train?

Yes of course. The first week of training is free. If you plan to stay longer, please talk to an instructor before or after a class.

Should I get fit before I try BJJ?

The best way to get fit for BJJ is by training BJJ. Just show up to class. Your fitness will improve and your BJJ will get better at the same time.

I don't have a Gi. Do I need to buy one before I can try a class?

No. We will provide you with a loaner Gi if you don't have one. Please show up 10-15 minutes before class starts so that we have enough time to find a fitting Gi for you.

What do I wear? What should I bring to my first class?

Comfortable athletic clothes. A t-shirt or rash guard and shorts or pants without zippers. Don't forget to bring water.

Which class should I go to for my trial class?

Whether you have trained before or not, the best place to start is our fundamentals class.

What can I expect from my first class?

We will match you with a more experienced partner for your first lesson. He will guide you through your first class. There is a short 15 minute warm up. After that, the instructor will show a technique and you will partner up to drill the techniques that the instructor showed.

At the end of the class there are a few rounds of positional sparring from the position that you were learning. Sometimes we also add a few rounds of free sparring at the end. We will try to partner you with someone more experienced that can guide you through your first roll.

The sparring portion is optional. You can just watch until you are confident enough to give it a try.

Do you offer kids classes?

Not yet. But we are planning to do so once we open a new location. Please get in touch and we can put your kids on the waiting list.

I enjoyed the trial classes and want to sign up. What do I have to do?

Talk to an instructor before or after training. Or you can send us a message online.

I need a Gi. Where can I get one?

We sell Gis at a very reasonable price to our members. Send us a message if you want one.

Of course you don't have to buy one from us, you can pick any brand that you like and order one online. If you are not sure about the size, ask someone in training that owns the same brand if you can try it on.

Can I train in the advanced class?

You need to earn your first stripe before you can attend the advanced classes. There is less supervision and we want to make sure that you can roll safely with others before you can join this class.

The techniques covered are also harder to learn than the fundamentals. You have to learn how to walk before you can run.

How often should I train?

Being consistent is the most important part. Train as often as you can fit comfortably into your schedule. If you are starting out, try to get to as many fundamentals classes as possible.

How long does it take to earn a stripe?

That depends on how fast you learn and how much time you spend studying Jiu Jitsu. For white belts, it takes between 25 to 50 classes per stripe on average.

What belts are there in BJJ?

White, blue, purple, brown and black. You start every belt before black with zero stripes and progress to four. After the black belt, the stripes and other belts are based on time at black belt instead of skill.

How long does it take to earn a blue belt?

The road to blue belt is different for each person. For some very gifted people who train a lot it might only take 6 months. If someone only trains once or twice per week with long breaks in between in can take five years or longer. On average, it takes about 2 years to earn a blue belt.

How long does it take to earn a black belt?

Usually somewhere around 10 years, give or take a few years.

It's not who is good, it's who is left. If you put in that time, natural athlete or not, you practice the art, you'll be a Black Belt. You're gonna be somewhere in ten years... Why not be a Black Belt too? You just can't quit.
- Chris Haueter

What should I focus on as a white belt?

In the beginning you will be very confused about what is going on. You don't know the positions and how to move between them yet. Learn the basic positions and what your goal is from each position.

When you understand the basic positions, you want to learn a few techniques from each position. You will learn everything that you need to know by attending the fundamentals classes.

How can I improve faster?

The more time that you spend studying Jiu Jitsu, the better you will become. The most important thing is time on the mats. Come to training as often as possible.

Watch instructional videos and competition videos. You will get most out of watching your own belt level and the belt level above yours.

Which instructional videos can you recommend?

These days there are a lot of decent videos on Youtube, but also a lot of bad ones. You will benefit most from learning the fundamentals of BJJ as white belt. You want something that is going to give you a good overview of all the basic positions and what to do from there.

We can highly recommend Caio Terra Online. You can find videos for all the fundamentals that we teach on there.