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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have classes for beginners?

How do I set up a free introductory lesson at your Academy?

If I want to join your Academy, do I have to sign a long-term contract?

What will I need for training/safety equipment?

What are your classes like?

Do you have levels/belt ranks?

How long will it take me to get proficient in my Self-Defense skills?

Do you offer private lessons?


Do you have classes for beginners?
Yes! All of our programs offer instruction for beginners, as well as for our more advanced students. Please visit our class schedule page for specifics.


How do I set up a free introductory lesson at your Academy?
It’s simple! Click Here to contact us, or give us a call at (804) 249-6509, and we’d be more than happy to schedule a free introductory lesson with you.

Your free intro lesson will provide you the opportunity to visit our Academy, meet us and our students, ask any questions you might have, and most importantly, learn some techniques!

When you come in, please wear comfortable workout clothing (shorts and a t-shirt, etc.), bring an open mind for learning, and be ready to get a great workout!


If I want to join your Academy, do I have to sign a long-term contract?
No. While most Martial Arts Academies will only give you the option of signing a long-term contract which may range anywhere from 1-3 years, we have many different time commitments and pricing structures for you to choose from. Our Academy has a stellar reputation and offers safe, effective, top-notch instruction.
With that in mind, we believe that once you train with us, you will want to stick around and evolve as a student. We won’t have to rope you into a long-term contract.


What will I need for training/safety equipment?
For our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, you will need to purchase a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi (also referred to as a Kimono).
For our Muay Thai program, you will need a Muay Thai Program T- Shirt, a pair of Muay Thai shorts, and 16 oz. boxing gloves.  You may also wish to purchase a groin protector, shin pads/guards, and a mouthpiece, but those are only required for students who spar.
We have high-quality gear very competitively-priced for sale at the Academy. If we are sold out of what you need, or if you would prefer another type of gear than what we have in stock, check out our links page for links to good Martial Arts gear companies.


What are your classes like?
A typical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class starts with a warm-up, drills, and a stretch (about 20 minutes). We then go into technique, where you learn and practice with a partner (about 45 minutes). At the end of the technique portion, we do a review of the techniques, and answer any questions about the lesson. From there, the class becomes an “open mat” where students continue practicing and drilling techniques, or practice in controlled sparring. The open mat portion of class is optional, but most students stick around to practice or spar.

A typical Muay Thai class starts with a warm-up, “shadow boxing”, and a stretch. The technique portion of the class follows, working combinations on the focus mitts and Thai pads, followed by endurance rounds. Advanced students have the option to do rounds of light sparring on most days.


Do you have levels/belt ranks?

Yes. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a Belt system. For young adults (up to Age 15), the belt system is White, Yellow, Orange, and Green. At Age 15, you can start earning Adult Belts. The Adult Belt system is White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. There are different requirements to obtain each belt.

There are no belts in traditional Muay Thai. For our Muay Thai program, we rank students by levels of experience. You will start with basic techniques such as stance, footwork, basic boxing, and basic Muay Thai kicks, as well as defenses and counters. As you progress through our developed levels, you will learn more close-range techniques such as clinch work, elbows and knees.  We award pa-prajiad, traditional Muay Thai armbands, to signify experience levels.

All of our testing at the Academy is free!


How long will it take me to get proficient in my Self-Defense skills?

Ultimately, this completely depends on the individual. Consistency will be the largest factor for a student to become proficient. Just like any other activity, the more time and effort you commit, the faster you will see results. Our instructors are very much committed to making sure that you are learning properly, and you will see results right off the bat!


Do you offer private lessons?

Yes! Private one-on-one lessons are available upon request. Please call (804)249-6509, or e-mail to schedule a private lesson.

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