Frequently Asked Questions - Meraki Jiu Jitsu Academy
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, bottle of water 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 lots of community based training events outside of the academy as well.
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.