FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The “Gentle Art,” as it is translated, is a famous form of martial arts that relies on leverage and positioning to subdue your opponent. The art uses strikes, holds, locks and submissions to overcome your opponent even if he is much larger than you.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu teaches self-confidence, self-esteem, focus, respect, and helps in many other aspects of life!

Jiu Jitsu is for EVERYONE!

Jiu Jitsu legend Helio Gracie developed Jiu Jitsu for the weaker, frail person to defend oneself against larger, stronger attackers. In this art, technique and thinking can often overcome sheer size and strength.

Gracie Humaita Jiu Jitsu (meaning the style from the Jiu Jitsu academy of Helio Gracie) as a martial art is the most complete form of total self-defense. Since everyone needs to understand how to take care of themselves, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is for you.

Family environment is an important aspect of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. In this environment, your training partners and team will help you achieve your goals.

Training in our Jiu Jitsu gym helps with weight management, stress control, or sharpening your mind and body, all while having a blast!

Everyone has different goals in mind when they start. The great part is you’ll accomplish goals and achieve milestones you didn’t even know you aspired to reach.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a complete form of self-defense, using positioning and leverage, as opposed to brute strength and athleticism.

While most self-defense programs only address the fight while both parties are standing on their feet, Jiu Jitsu is a more comprehensive system. You may not always be in control of what position you’ll end up in during a fight, but with Jiu Jitsu, you’ll always know how to defend yourself and get back to a good position.

At Gracie San Marcos we start kids at the age of 6. At that age, kids can begin to safely train while learning life-shaping principles and skills.

When it comes to being too old, there’s no such thing. At 95 years young Grandmaster Helio Gracie trained up to the week before he passed away. You’ll learn how to change your game to adapt to your age.

Every age group may have different goals or training styles, but we’re all learning to defend ourselves with whatever strengths we have, and taking our weaknesses into account.

The Gi is an essential part of learning Gracie Jiu Jitsu. When it comes to self-defense the attacker may have a jacket, pants, or a sweater, which the Gi simulates.

Not only do people wear clothes that you can use as a weapon, but you also have clothes on that someone will eventually grab. Learning how to deal with someone else’s grips could be the difference between you being hurt and keeping yourself safe.

Gi Jiu Jitsu is a much larger game than No Gi. You’ll have the tools for more chokes and sweeps.

Physical attributes can play a larger part in No Gi training than it would with a Gi. Because of the lack of grips, it becomes hard to hold someone down and control their body. During a No Gi class, your timing and transitions between moves and positions will be tested.

We feel strongly that it’s through the combination of both Gi and No Gi that you will develop your Jiu Jitsu to its full potential.  There are lessons to be learned in both that would be difficult to attain by only limiting yourself to one or the other.

Classes at our Gracie Jiu Jitsu gym San Marcos start with warm-ups, which include calisthenics, body movement drills, and stretching.

Next, we begin drilling either a movement or a position. Drilling helps students build muscle memory for proper body mechanics while moving. Next, we learn techniques or situations depending on the class.

After learning the techniques for the day, we begin to spar (or “roll”). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight. This provides valuable real-world experience and confidence should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight.

Live rolling is done in a controlled situation where students have respect for each other and work together to get better. This controlled situation helps students avoid injuries and extreme soreness.

Beginners will be placed with “veterans” who are more than happy to guide newer students and pass on their knowledge. All students receive individual attention, therefore new students will always feel welcomed and never out of place.