General Class Information
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program is divided into two classes: Beginner/All Levels class and Intermediate/Advanced class. The classes are split into two sections over a period of one hour and a half. The first section is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique for a period of one hour. The second section is dedicated to sparring, during which the student will be able to apply the techniques he/she has learned while grappling with a fellow student. The sparring session portion of the class is optional and is only ½ hour, but recommended for faster progress.
Beginner Program/All Levels Classes
The focal point of the beginner class is entirely on technique. The class focuses on learning and applying fundamental techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students practice various techniques using a traditional Gi, also known as a kimono. Students learn and practice submissions, escapes, positioning and self defense. The fundamentals class is directed not only for the beginner but also for the more advanced students to sharpen basic techniques. When a student joins the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, he/she is monitored by the instructors and is informed when ready to advance. We require this because there are core techniques that are essential to learn before progress in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is possible. These are the techniques that are emphasized in the beginner classes.
Once the student has been invited, the student is welcome to attend both the beginner classes as well as the intermediate/advanced class. The intermediate/advanced classes will vary each night. Please check the schedule for class specifics. This class is designed for students interested in advanced techniques for competition and self-defense. Students learn and practice advanced sweeps, submissions, escapes and counters, how to reverse an attacker and how to force their opponent into submission. Detailed instruction in technique, specific drilling, and position advancement are the main focus of this class. Competition is encouraged, but not required.
No Gi (Submission Grappling) Classes
The Ralph Gracie Submission Grappling Program deals with the principles of fighting in close range of the opponent. The class is based on techniques of traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the fundamental principles remain the same. Adjustments are made to compensate for the lack of a uniform to hold on to. In Submission Grappling you learn a whole new set of grips. The wrists, back of the neck, ankle, knee and elbow grips are all different than traditional Gi grips. Students learn takedowns, positions, transitions, escapes, reversals and how to apply and defend against joint locks, chokes and other submission holds.
The curriculum focuses on fighting in a clinch and on the ground. The Submission Grappling Program helps students develop skills that are useful in real self defense situations as well as in the sporting environment. This gives students a new dimension to their existing skill set. It may be trained in solely or in conjunction with traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. We think that it is important for students to understand both aspects, considering most tournaments offer both gi and No-Gi divisions.
No-Gi training makes for a faster and more dynamic style of fighting. If you are interested in a good fitness program or just to be a more complete fighter, the No-Gi program offers a good combination of both.
The Ralph Gracie Muay Thai/boxing classes place a heavy emphasis on the core Muay Thai Kickboxing techniques. In this class students will learn principles of striking with punches, kicks, knees and elbows while utilizing knowledge of distance, timing and footwork while in the standing range.
The class is a combination of technique training using shadow boxing, foot work training, heavy bag training, focus mitt training, and Thai pad training. Thai training methods develop devastating power, speed and superb cardio-vascular endurance.
The program develops skills that can be applied in self defense or the sporting environment. The Muay Thai/Boxing Program is a physically challenging class; however, each student is given the freedom to train at his/her own pace.
Kids Class (Ages 5 to 13)
The Ralph Gracie Children’s Program focuses on ground skills including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coupled with wrestling. We offer a children’s class for self defense, physical fitness and social skills in a fun and encouraging manner. The children’s class helps to develop gross motor skills, cooperation and simple defensive skills. All of our children’s classes emphasize discipline and cooperation and develop self confidence and awareness in our students.
During the class, students learn takedowns, takedown defense, and submissions. At the end of this class, students participate in a sparring session where they will grapple with each other allowing the student to apply the techniques taught during the first half of the class. The classes are taught in a high energy, fun environment with an emphasis on physical fitness and discipline.
Mixed Martial Arts
The Ralph Graice Mixed Martial Arts program (MMA) helps our students utilize Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Wrestling. It helps students combine their stand up and ground game to be balance in self defense. It displays of grappling while standing as well as striking while being on the ground. Popular on sport television it is also good for self defense as well.