What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or BJJ for short) is a martial art that focuses on controlling the distance between you and your opponent, taking your opponent to the ground, controlling them and submitting them. It evolved from the traditional Japanese martial art of Judo and Jujutsu, with significant adaptations and innovations developed in Brazil, primarily by the Gracie family.

BJJ places a strong emphasis on leverage, technique, and strategy rather than relying on sheer strength or size, making it great for self-defense.  


What classes are offered?

Wander Braga teaches BJJ with a GI and without a GI. While some students prefer to focus on one over another, most students participate in both classes as learning both techniques is very valuable. To know which classes use the Gi and which classes do not, look on the schedule for Gi and No Gi.

Wander also teaches all age groups. Little Braga is for students between the ages of 4–7. Junior Braga is for students between the ages of 8–13. Adult classes are for all ages above 13 and all genders. Wander also offers women only classes for women who may be uncomfortable attending classes with men. 


What if I don’t have martial arts experience?

That’s great! Wander loves teaching all levels. While some students may have a background in wrestling, kick-boxing, or other martial arts, many students have little to no background in martial arts. 


Will I have to fight in tournaments?

BJJ is growing in popularity and there are many opportunities to compete in local, national, and international tournaments. While tournaments can provide a fun experience to test your progress and compete, Wander does not require any of his students to compete in tournaments if they do not want to.


How can I get started?

Look at the schedule for a time that works for you and just drop in! It’s recommended that you arrive 10 minutes early so you can sign the waiver and ask any questions you might have.


What should I wear my first time?

Wear comfortable athletic clothes that do not have any zippers or sharp items on them (as those can rip the mats). If you attend the Gi class, then you may borrow a loaner Gi. 

When are classes?

Wander offers classes in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Check out the schedule for the most up-to-date times.

Can I try it out for free?

Yes! The first class is free. Come on in and meet Wander, Iggy, and the other students and let’s get started!