Frequently Asked Questions about our Jiu Jitsu Programs

What is Jiu-Jitsu?

Jiu-Jitsu is a submission based martial art and combat sport. It’s central focus is the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling that opponent and using techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or chokeholds.

What is the difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ?

The Gracie Family initially named the art after their founding members. They were originally from Brazil and as the art/sport grew the art later took the name of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The art has become more known to the world now and it is practiced in all parts of the world and often now it’s simply called Jiu-Jitsu.

Do you need any experience?

No prior martial arts experience is necessary. Rampart Academy is a beginner friendly environment where fundamentals are a component of each class. Every one works and advances at their pace regardless of age and physical ability. All our students are expected to encourage a positive learning experience for all.

I heard it is intimidating to take Jiu-Jitsu

-Like any new sport the body and the brain have to make a connection with the new movements, strategies, and techniques. This is why our classes are taught in a way where the students are primed with the basics needed to execute the techniques that are being taught to build confidence and provide the body the ability to perform these new movements and techniques.

What is the difference between Gi and No Gi?

-Training with the Gi consists of training with a Japanese Style Kimono made specifically for Jiu-Jitsu. The Gi allows many control aspects because of the strength in being able to grab a strong material. Training no gi has many of the same principles but one has to adapt their training without the strong control aspects that the Gi provide

Should I start Gi or No gi?

I would suggest to start with our fundamental classes which are also in the Gi. The control aspects of the Gi foster a slower and more controlled pace for beginners which helps in figuring things out especially if you are new to the art.

What equipment should I wear to class?

Initially, all you need to wear is comfortable clothing like a dry wick shirt and shorts or tracksuit bottoms. Once you decide to train more you can then purchase a Kimono, rash guard and fight shorts.

Is it safe for my child to train?


The children’s program from 5 to 8 year olds is designed for children that are still in their developmental years. The 9 to 13 year olds youth program is designed for young athletes. Safety, cleanliness and discipline is of extreme importance with these classes as well as making them challenging yet fun.

Can I train with my child?

Teen age youth are encouraged to also take the adult fundamental classes and parents and kids can take these classes together.

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