Frequently Asked Questions

Although they are very similar, there are differences between the two forms of jiu-jitsu. Learn more about them in on our BJJ page here.

If you are new to jiu jitsu, your first class at the academy will focus on a basic introduction to jiu jitsu and our academy etiquette in our private mat room. After your introduction, you can observe a full class in progress at that time and get a feel for what training is like at Meraki.  On your second visit, you get to participate in class and we will strive to match you up with a more experienced partner of similar size who will help you through the day’s training. If you already have have jiu jitsu experience, you are welcome to join class and participate in training on your first visit.

If you are new to jiu jitsu, you only need to bring a comfortable training shirt and a good attitude, we will provide you with a loaner gi (uniform). If you already own a white gi, you are of course welcome to bring it with you. If you would like to shower at the academy after class, you should bring a towel as well.

No. There are no strikes, kicks, or punches in jiu jitsu. And our goal is never to hurt one another on the mat. The beauty of jiu jitsu is that you can train near 100% without sustaining physical damage or injury. Our approach is to progress and grow as a group, which means we take care of each other on the mat. We do not tolerate members who do not observe our code of conduct on the mat. 

Jiu Jitsu is physically demanding, but you can start at any fitness level. Regular jiu jitsu training will naturally get you in shape and we have many members who transformed their body and conditioning within their first 6 months of training. Moreover, in addition to our jiu jitsu classes, we offer 50 minute sessions of high-intensity Meraki Athletic Training (MAT50) that are designed to improve your overall fitness for jiu jitsu and beyond.

We have members from all walks of life training at Meraki, from ambitious competitors to recreational practitioners, working professionals to creative free spirits, and kids to parents. We pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive and welcoming academy that lets you make your Meraki experience what you want it to be.    

Absolutely. Jiu jitsu may be the best martial art for women because of its foundational premise to enable a smaller person to control and submit a larger and stronger person. We have women on the mat in every class, including highly accomplished competitors, and we are uncompromising in our commitment to providing the safest and best training environment for all of our female members.

If you commit to regular weekly training, you will make progress. At times, progress will seem elusive because jiu jitsu is demanding, but with regular training, you will begin to experience substantial growth and improvement in your first 6 months. Your belt promotions will ultimately depend on how much time you spent on the mat and how smart, and not just hard, you train. Belt promotions at Meraki are not a check-the-box exercise, each promotion reflects a holistic assessment of your individual growth at that point in time. But at the end of the day, as with anything meaningful, it’s about enjoying the journey.   

Our 6,000 square feet academy is one of a kind. Our large open mat space, private training room, lounge area, and generous locker rooms and showers were all designed to elevate your jiu jitsu experience. And needless to say, we have implemented a rigorous cleaning and sanitation protocol. Our academy is meant to be more than just an in and out training facility, it is a community space where our members get to connect and spend time before and after stepping on the mat. 

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