“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the science and art of control that leads to submission” – John Danaher
BJJ is a combat sport and martial art where the practitioners attempt to gain positional advantage over their opponent in order to eventually apply a submission (usually in the form of a choke or joint lock). BJJ is a grappling sport, which means we do not train with strikes.
What does a typical class look like at Eureka BJJ?
Classes can consist of, but are not limited to, a combination of: – techniques drilling – learning about concepts and how they are applied – mini games – positional sparring – free rolling rounds – workshopping and troubleshooting problems or positions.
Yes, we have a one week trial period: $25 for unlimited classes. Just enough time for you to decide if you want to stick around long term. Drop us your details here.
You’re most welcome to come say hi and watch a class before you try. Check out our class timetable here to see what days we’re open.
Is Eureka under any affiliation?
No, Eureka is currently not under any affiliation. We welcome drop-ins from all other clubs.
I am already a member of another gym, can I still train at Eureka?
Absolutely! If you have a positive attitude and are a safe training partner to the current members, you would be most welcome. We understand that people might wish to train at several gyms due to being in different locations throughout the week or want to cross-train for personal development and we are more than happy to accommodate.
What can I expect on my first day?
On your first day, we’ll get you to arrive about 15 minutes ahead of class for a quick tour of the space and an overview of what BJJ is all about. You’ll then get to learn a technique or two in class with everyone else. Don’t worry, we’ll be helping you out along the way. Check out our club guidelines here.
What equipment do I need? Where do I buy a gi?
You will need a BJJ gi (kimono) and a belt to train. We recommend that you wear a rashguard underneath the gi jacket as well. However, if this is your first day, you may wear shorts (with leggings preferable) and a t-shirt (or a rashguard if you have any). Just anything that doesn’t have too many zippers sticking out as they might injure your partners or damage the mats. We train barefoot and don’t wear shoes on the mats. So flip flops are handy to have to walk around the place. If you think you might stick around, a mouthguard is a wise investment. Make sure to bring your water bottle! And perhaps a small towel if you’d like to.
Can I take one-on-one private lessons with the BJJ instructor?
Yes, we do offer one-on-one lessons and that can be arranged ad-hoc. Please contact us for more information.
Do I need to be fit to join?
You don’t need to be fit to start BJJ. People of all body shapes, sizes, age, and ability can make BJJ work for them. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is in fact an excellent full body workout – you’ll probably find you get fit doing BJJ.
Am I too old to train jiu-jitsu?
No one is too old to learn and enjoy jiu-jitsu.
I want to be an MMA fighter. Can you train me?
We recommend that you join an MMA gym instead.
Can women train BJJ?
Of course! Gender makes no difference in someone’s ability to learn and use jiu-jitsu.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
On average, 10 to 12 years.
How often should I train?
When you are just starting out, we recommend 2 classes per week at a minimum. For more consistency, and as your body gets used to the training, we would recommend 3 or more sessions per week.
What is the difference between gi and no-gi?
The most obvious difference would be that one is practiced in the gi (kimono) while the other isn’t. No-gi attire is generally shorts, rash guards and leggings. The rules and objectives are virtually the same, depending on the ruleset. However, the technical and strategic aspect of the game can differ slightly (to varying degrees). The gi allows various grips due to the material that aren’t possible in no-gi. On the other hand, the general consensus is that no-gi tends to be faster paced, with less friction involved due to the absence of the gi. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can operate under a number of rulesets. The most popular ones being the IBJJF rules (for both gi and no-gi) and ADCC rules for no-gi (also referred to as Submission Grappling in this context).
Is there a belt rank system in BJJ?
Yes, the belt colours are white, blue, purple, brown and black for adults. There is a different belt colour system for juveniles (under 15). More info on the IBJJF website here.
What about rank promotion / grading?
Rank promotion is one thing that can be different across BJJ gyms. A BJJ school can sometimes have a curriculum for each belt and students have to be able to demonstrate that they can perform all the techniques prescribed. There is also an element of minimum time requirement on a certain belt that needs to be adhered to. On the other side of the spectrum, some academies will promote students based on individual merit and not on time. Merit can be very subjective, ranging from a student performing well at competitions to a student making good individual progress at the gym.
At Eureka (and until further notice), promotions will be “progress-merit-time” based.