Below is a compiled list of common questions you may have before you beginning your Jiu-Jitsu journey

  • Can I just drop-in?

    If you are a beginner and would like to observe a class or schedule a free trial class you must email us to schedule a time to do so. If you have grappling experience or are visiting from another Gracie Barra school and would like to train with us, you must email us and let us know when to expect you. For these and all other inquiries please email contact@gbdrip.com

  • What do I wear to my free trial class?

    We will provide you with a uniform to use during your trial class. Underneath your uniform you should wear a rash-guard (or synthetic athletic top) and athletic underwear and/or shorts. Some people choose to wear athletic leggings. As a rule of thumb, dress like you are going to the gym or a spin class. Sandals are recommended since you will be getting on and off the mat. Bring a water bottle too (you can fill it up when you get here).

  • What should I expect at my free trial class? Can I just watch?

    Your first class will be 60 minutes. You can do as much or as little of it as you like. If you would rather just observe, that is also OK. This class will start with a short warm-up (jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, and some BJJ specific solo movements). The class will consist of three basic techniques that you will practice on a training partner of similar size and ability. The final ten minutes of class is called “Specific Training” where you try to perform the technique of the day on your training partner. It is totally OK to not do any part of your first class. It’s all about comfortably introducing you to the art.

  • What classes do I start with if I have no martial arts experience?

    For adults, all the classes on our schedule marked “GB1” are Fundamentals classes and are the perfect place for beginners to start. You do not need any experience in martial arts or combat sports to attend these classes and you will be pared up with a training partner of similar size and ability.

  • What class does my child belong in?

    Our Kids Program is broken up by age. Tiny Champs (4-6), Little Champs (7-9), Juniors (10-12), Teens (13-15).

  • How do the memberships work?

    All of our memberships are unlimited, flexible and month-to-month. You can train as many times per week as you want and you DO NOT have to attend the same class on the same day each week. There are NO CONTRACTS and NO CANCELLATION FEES. Billing is automated to the first day of each month and we require 30 days notice for all cancellations. You will never be charged for promotions and your membership includes coaching at tournaments and tournament preparation if you or your child chooses to compete. If you start your membership mid-month, your first month’s payment will be prorated so that you only pay for the days that you are actually enrolled.

  • Can I pause my membership?

    Yes, you can pause your membership for up to two months without penalty if, for example, you have a planned vacation or leave of absence. In order to pause your membership you must let us know of your pause dates prior to the pause, as we cannot pause your membership retroactively.

  • Do I need to be in shape to start Jiu-Jitsu?

    No! Our GB1 classes are designed to accommodate people of all fitness levels. In fact, we believe that GB1 classes are the perfect place to start your fitness journey.

  • How many days per week should I train?

    For adults and children, 2 days per week is the minimum required to receive your promotions on the normal timeline, but we would like to see you as much as possible. Most beginners start with 2-3 times per week, while more seasoned students typically average 3-5 training sessions per week. If you are only able to attend one training session per week, please reach out to us about additional training options, we would still like to work with you!

  • When do I get to do rounds of sparring?

    When adults get three stripes on their white belt (approx. 5-6 months) they are invited to GB2 Advanced class, sparring, and competition training.

  • What is the difference between Gi and NoGi training?

    The Gi (aka Kimono) is the traditional martial arts uniform consisting of a long sleeve jacket, pants, and a belt. NoGi training is done without this traditional uniform. For NoGi classes you just wear a rash guard and shorts or leggings. We offer classes for Gi and NoGi training.

  • Will I be expected to compete in tournaments?

    We do not require any of our students (children or adults) to compete. Both our kids and adults programs are evenly split between athletes who want to compete and athletes who do not. Whatever your goal is, you will feel welcome on our mats!