Q. Do I need to be in shape before starting BJJ at Royal Grappling Academy?

A. No you don’t.  This is a common concern for would-be BJJ students. Classes are structured to meet the needs of all fitness levels, body types and prior experience. Through training BJJ you will get in great shape, learn how to deal with high pressure situations and meet like-minded people in a fun environment. Our 10 week beginner’s program will bring you through the essential building blocks of this highly effective martial art.

Q. I’d like to start BJJ but I don’t want to fight MMA or compete, will I be forced to compete  for the team?

A. No, this is not the case.  Not all our students compete in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments but we provide the necessary support and training programs to ensure they are at their best if they do.  The vast majority of BJJ’ers train for other reasons… Fitness, self-defense, confidence, lose weight or just to escape the ratrace and learn a new skill.  Although we are fans of MMA we do not have an MMA program here at Royal Grappling Academy we focus only on Grappling.

Q. Am I too old to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

A. No, Jiu-Jitsu meaning “Gentle Art” is a grappling martial art that is literally for everbody. Whether you’re 4 or 94 or anywhere in between, it’s never too late. Today is the day to start on your Jiu-Jitsu journey and change your life for the better.

Q. I’m a small guy/girl so BJJ won’t really be effective on the street like deadly Real-World Martial Arts?

Wrong. BJJ was developed by Carlos and Helio Gracie, their brothers and other students of Mitsuyo Maeda.  BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.

Since its inception in 1914, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.

Q. I like the way my face looks and need to use my arms and legs in work, so I guess Martial Arts are out?

A.  Wrong, As most of the training takes place from the knees and on the ground, there is not as much high impact as other grappling martial arts. There is no striking so you won’t be getting kicked and punched like striking martial arts.  Although the aim of BJJ is to submit your opponent by using chokeholds or joint manipulations of the arms or legs, we train with respect for our training partners and everybody has the chance to “tapout”  when in danger.

Q. Can I grade in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how long will it take to get a Black Belt?

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grading system is informal compared to almost every other martial art so there is no defined timeline for obtaining your next belt.  There are only 5 belts in BJJ:  White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black.  It takes, on average about 8-10 years to reach the grade of Black Belt and usually about 2 years between each belt.  This may be shortened or lengthened depending on class attendance, natural ability, focus and competition performance. The goal should be to “Be the belt rather than get the belt”.

Q. So okay I want to train BJJ now, why should I train at Royal Grappling Academy?

A. We have 2 passionate Instructors who have over 30 years combined martial arts experience (18 in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).  Both are graded to Brown belt which is the highest in this area of Dublin.  We’ve trained extensively all over the world with the best instructors in the world and have graded under 2 of the most highly regarded grapplers on the planet Marcelo Garcia and Robson Moura.  We regularly host current world champions, elite grapplers and legend of the sport for seminars. We’ve got qualifications in Personal Fitness Training, Physical Therapy incorporating Sports Massage, Nutrition and Anatomy and also CYQ level 3 diploma in Pilates to help backup our knowledge of body movement and improving your health.  We’ve got lots of competition experience at home and internationally and have been involved with refereeing and officiating tournaments in Ireland since 2009 so we can help formulate a gameplan and strategy for your specific needs and attributes.

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