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The world is falling in love with Gracie/Brazilian jiu-jitsu for one reason... Because it works! And today, more and more people are discovering that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu isn't just for athletes, MMA/UFC fighters, and tournament competitors. In fact, according to Grand Master Helio Gracie, creator and founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was created for exactly the opposite!


A self-described 140 lb, weak and frail man, Grand Master Helio Gracie said: "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for the protection of the individual... the older man... the weak... the child... the lady or young woman... it's for those who, like me, otherwise do not have the physical attributes to defend themselves." 

However, we, at
GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC, know that if you have not yet tried Gracie Jiu- jitsu, you may have questions, concerns, or even reservations about giving it a try. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to learn more about our 10-Day FREE TRIAL but, for now, here are answers to the 10 most common questions asked by first-time students:

What's the difference between Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts?

Gracie Jiu-jitsu is designed to empower the weak against the strong and there are no physical prerequisites to get started. Literally ANYONE can learn jiu-jitsu especially when taught the Gracie way!

Do I need to be in shape?

No, we love you exactly how you are. You don't get in shape to learn jiu-jitsu, you do jiu-jitsu to get in shape!

What if I don't have any previous experience? 

No problem! Our beginner programs are specifically designed, from a structure and a safety perspective, for first-time jiu-jitsu practitioners, which is why we have the most successful jiu-jitsu schools in the world.

What should I wear?

Just show up in comfortable workout attire and we'll provide everything you need. No special training equipment or protective gear is required.

What is the etiquette? Do I bow or call someone "sensei"? 

Not at all! We operate on a first-name basis and handshake or fist-bump. Our only requirement is that everyone speaks and acts respectfully and dignified. 

Can I bring a water bottle? 

Yes, you can bring a water bottle and store it near the edge of the mat.

Who will I be practicing with? 

As a first-time student, we will pair you up with a slightly more experienced student who can answer your questions and help guide your learning throughout the class.

I don't want to get injured or be embarrassed! 

If you get injured or embarrassed you won't come back. Everything about our beginner programs was specifically designed to make the classes as safe and encouraging for new students as possible.

Can I bring a friend? 

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it! And your friends will very likely thank you for it. Jiu-jitsu is so fun and addictive that people can't help but talk about it to their friends. Feel free to bring a friend to any beginner class you attend!

What will my first class be like? 

It will be fun. You will learn a valuable skill, and you will leave with your mind much more at ease, and longer nervous or apprehensive.  If you haven't already, we encourage you to take 4 minutes and watch above for a more detailed breakdown of what to expect. If any of your questions remain unanswered, contact us below and we'll be get back to you right away. Otherwise, be sure to sign-up for your 10-day free trial today!


Take Advantage Of Our 10-DAY FREE TRIAL! 

Simply Contact Us Below, and We’ll Schedule Your First Class Today!

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