Q: Do you offer classes in UFC fighting?
The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is an organization, not a type of fighting. Fighters that compete in UFC events train in the disciplines of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling. So yes, we technically offer classes in “UFC fighting” but we prefer to call each martial art by its correct name. If you are interested in becoming a mixed martial arts (or UFC) fighter you must first develop a strong base of boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Q: How many times a week do I need to train?
We don’t have a specific training requirement. This is your membership and you will get out of it what you put into it. If you train once per week you will learn the skills, but if you train three or five times per week you will learn at a much more accelerated pace. We understand that many people have busy schedules and simply encourage you to train as often as you can. We believe that training three times per week will produce good results for most people!
Q: What is the youngest age you accept in the kids program?
We have a Mini Monster program for ages three to six. We have programs for ages six to ten, and ages ten to fifteen. Martial arts are great for kids! Our classes will help your child become fit and build self-confidence!
Q: Will I get hurt?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and judo are contact sports and all contact sports carry the risk of injury but we promise to do everything possible to provide a fun and safe learning environment. Our goal is to keep you safe and healthy, so you can keep coming back on the mat to learn! We are one big family at our gym and everyone tries very hard to take care of their training partners!
Q: Am I too old to learn brazilian jiu-jitsu?
Absolutely not! The founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Helio Gracie, was still training in his 90’s! No matter what your age is, we have classes for you. Our fundamentals BJJ class is laid out in a way that allows you to learn technique with very little risk of injury. By attending our fundamentals class you will begin to develop the technical skills necessary to enter our intermediate and advanced classes safely, so you can enjoy the lifelong journey of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! We also offer an executive BJJ class for our older students. The executive class is for students 36 and older that want to train in a less competitive environment.
Just remember this quote from BJJ legend Saulo Ribeiro: “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, you’re never too sick, and never too old to start from scratch once again.” No excuses!!! Read our blog post on BJJ for older adults!
Q: What are the cross streets of Phoenix BJJ & MMA Academy?
We are located at the corner of Van Buren St. and Bullard Ave. about a 1/4 mile off of the I-10. We are located in the Bullard Commerce Center near Global Auto and Crossfit Fury.
Q: Do I Have to Sign a Contract?
Only if you want to. We have month-to-month options and one year contracts.
Q: I am brand new, do you have classes for me?
Yes! We have multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals classes each week for our new members. In this class you will develop the foundational skills necessary to be successful in your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey-check out our programs!
Q: How do I get invited to your competition team practices?
Our BJJ competition team practices are very intense and you need to have at least some grappling experience to be able to participate in this class. If you feel you can contribute to the team and want to take part in this class please email professor Kevin Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org to get permission to attend!
Q: Is your instructor a black belt?
Yes! Professor Kevin Scott is the first ever Caio Terra Association black belt, under nine time BJJ world champion, Caio Terra!
Q: Do I have to call you professor?
Kevin has never been into formalities. You can refer to Kevin as coach, instructor, professor, or just by his first name!
Q: What equipment will I need?
To participate in our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and Muay Thai kickboxing programs you will need some equipment. Below is a list of the equipment you are expected to have for each type of martial art.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
- A BJJ kimono also known as a gi. You can wear any brand of gi you like but it must be a judo or BJJ gi and not a traditional martial arts gi.
- There are no specific clothing requirements for this class. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move around and workout in. Please make sure it does not have zippers or sharp objects on it. Most people choose to wear board shorts and a rash guard to train.
- 16 oz Boxing gloves
- Mouth guard
- Shin guards
- Hand wraps