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FAQ - Frequently asked questions


Do I get a free trial?

Yes! All new students get a free, no obligation, 10-Day Trial. We will track your attendance as if you were an enrolled student, and you can attend as many classes as you like within those 10 days.


How much does it cost?

We offer a few different options when it comes to memberships:

Adult 12 month Membership: Unlimited Training $160/month, 8 Classes per Month $145/month, 4 Classes per Month $100 - Includes Uniform!

*Adults Only* If you're unable to commit to a year membership, we offer other options to help keep you on the mat: you may drop into any class for a one-time fee of $25, or purchase a 10-class card for $250 (includes uniform). If you are looking for something more exclusive or are looking to fast-track your training, we also offer one-on-one private lessons for $40/half, $80/hour.

Little Champs & Jr. Grapplers: 12-month Unlimited= $145/month, 12-month 4 classes per month= $110/month. 6-month Unlimited= $160/month, 6-month 4 classes per month= $135/month - Includes Uniform!

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*Please inquire about our family discounts*


What should I wear?
For your 10-day trial you simply need comfortable clothing you can workout in: a t-shirt, sweatpants and/or leggins are perfect, please no zippers, belts, shorts, or tank tops.

Youth: Clean, white gi (grappling kimono). Youth students will be provided with a uniform for the trial period.

Gracie Combatives: Clean, white gi (grappling kimono). Students who train frequently should purchase a second gi to make sure you always have a clean gi for class.

Master Cycle Class:

GiClean, white gi & mouth guard. Master Cycle students should have at least two gis, and should wear protective equipment while sparring. 

No-Gi and Fight Simulation Class - Gracie Jiu-Jitsu t-shirt, dri-fit, or rash guard, paired with white gi pants, Gracie fight shorts, or spats. All are available for purchase online @ or at our school store.


Do I need to be in shape to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?

Our beginner classes are designed so that any person regardless of age, athletic ability, or level of physical fitness can participate in the class. It is always better to start learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and then get in shape so your body can develop the muscle memory required to perform the techniques in a real situation.


How long are classes?

Each class is approximately 1 hour long. The Master Cycle class is approximately 1 hour of instruction with an additional 30 minutes of reflex develpment and rolling after.


Do you let new students spar?

We do not let new students spar until they show a level of proficiency that will allow them to spar constructively and safely. This is to help prevent accidental injury.


Do I have to spar?

We will never force you to do anything you are uncomfortable with or feel unready to do.


Do I need martial arts experience to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?

Our beginner classes are designed specifically for students with no experience in any martial art. 


Do I have to compete in tournaments?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a street self-defense martial art, students are not required or expected to compete, and will get promoted regardless of participating in competition. 


Will I get hurt?

Our classes are conducted in a safe manner and are structured to avoid all possibilities of injury. We have a mat system designed to help keep students safe while training. Like any physical activity there is always risk of injury, and we encourage students to see their physician to make sure they are healthy enough for physical activity before joining any of our programs. 


Will I learn to actually defend myself?

Yes! Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has been tested and proven over the last century to be a complete system of self-defense.


If I am an adult, will I be in class with kids / If I am a kid, will I be in class with adults?

All our classes are age specific, you will only train with students of similar age and skill level.


Do I need a uniform?

For your first class & during your 10-day trial you are not required to be in uniform. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is recommended. If you decide to enroll with us, all monthly memberships, as well as first-time punch card, include a uniform.

Once you become a student, you will be expected to be in a clean, white gi (grappling kimono), which we have available for purchase at the academy. For the No-gi Master Cycle class, students will be required to wear a Gracie Academy dri-fit or rash guard, with gi pants or Gracie training shorts. All students are expected to follow dress code guidelines so training can be done in a safe and hygienic manner.

Uniforms from other schools and non-Gracie uniforms are allowed, but are required to be white. Rentals are available at the dojo.


Do you have parking?

The Academy has free onsite parking in the front lot, but space is limited. There is street and metered parking available in front and behind the academy as well as a parking garage nearby. BCGJJ, is not responsible for any fines or fees as a result of parking in an unauthorized area, and encourages students living in the immediate area to walk or ride bikes to leave parking spaces available for those who need them. Click here for more information on parking.


What is your inclement weather policy?

Incase of inclement weather, please check the SCHEDULE page of our website for any closures or our Facebook page @


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