Frequently Asked Questions about training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Kids Martial Arts at 5 Star Martial Arts.

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art, developed by the Gracie Family in Brazil. The Gracies learned BJJ from a Japanese Diplomat and evolved it into a whole new art which relied on technique and leverage rather than size and strength to control and submit an adversary. The sport became popular when Royce Gracie dominated larger and stronger opponents using Jiu Jitsu in the early editions of The Ultimate Fighting Championship. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been adopted by all branches of the armed forces as well as federal and local law enforcement agencies. At 5 Star Martial Arts, we teach and train BJJ for both self-defense and sport.

What is Muay Thai Kickboxing?

Muay Thai kickboxing is recognized as the most devastatingly effective striking combat sport on the planet today. Muay Thai is known as the “science of 8 limbs” for its use of punches, kicks, elbows and knees. ironically Muay Thai’s birth was nowhere near the boxing ring. Dating back to the 1500s and originally intended for the Thai military, Muay Thai’s history is centuries old and built around warfare with swords, spears, bow and arrows. In the event Thai soldiers lost their sword or spear during the melee, the weaponless training of Muay Thai ensured they would still be able to fight. It is one of the most common and effective forms of striking used in Mixed Martial Arts due to its effectiveness and versatility. At 5 Star Martial Arts, our Muay Thai classes focus on drilling Muay Thai technique and combinations as well as cardio exercises that make the classes a great workout. We also offer Advanced and Sparring classes as well.

Can I try a class before enrolling?

Yes, please contact us and we will be happy to schedule a free trial class for you and/or your child.

Can I bring a friend to my free trial class?

Yes, of course you can bring a friend along for moral support or to try a class with you. Just let us know ahead of time so we can be properly prepared for your visit.

What should I wear to my first class?

You should wear comfortable workout clothes that you would normally wear to the gym or for a physical activity. For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we will provide a uniform for you to wear for the class and we can provide you with gloves for your Muay Thai class.

Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai safe?

Any martial arts or combat sport will have the risk of injury. Safety is a top priority and we have created a culture where our coaches, staff, and students take care of each other during drilling and live training to reduce the risk of injuries.

What equipment will I need for BJJ?

For gi classes, you will be required to wear a gi, which is the traditional uniform worn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Additionally, you will need to wear a belt that reflects your ranking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Many of our students wear a breathable, DriFit material shirt or rashguard underneath their gi. For nogi classes, our students wear rashguards or DriFit tops and MMA/BJJ shorts with no outer or exposed pockets and belt loops. We offer a selection of BJJ apparel and gear in our pro shop.

What equipment will I need for Muay Thai?

For our standard Muay Thai classes, we recommend students bring their own 12 to 16 ounce boxing gloves and wear hand wraps underneath the gloves to protect both their hands and wrists. 5 Star Martial Arts will provide the Thai pads, but you are welcomed to bring your own. We highly recommend wearing a mouth piece for our Muay Thai Classes. For sparring classes, you will be required to provide your own headgear and shin pads.

What equipment will my child need for Kids Classes?

For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, your child will be required to wear a gi, the traditional BJJ uniform, to class. For the Muay Thai and Martial Arts class, your child should wear a karate gi or comfortable, active wear that is available for purchase at our pro shop. We also highly recommend purchasing a mouth guard for your child to wear in both BJJ and Muay Thai classes.

I am really out of shape. Should I get in shape before starting class at 5 Star Martial Arts?

At 5 Star Martial Arts, we will work with you to help you reach your martial arts and fitness goals. Our academy has a very supportive training environment and we have had many success stories of students who got into great shape and improved their lives through training with us. One of our members even lost 100 lbs by training BJJ and Muay Thai. Before you start any training program, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for their input and recommendation.

I am 30 years old. Am I too old to start training?

Of course not! At 5 Star Martial Arts, we have members in our Brazilian Jiu iItsu and Muay Thai program who are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. We believe martial arts can be beneficial to people of all ages. Before you start any training program, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for their input and recommendation.

What if I can’t do the exercises required in a class?

It is totally okay. We understand some exercises, drills, or techniques taught in class might be difficult or uncomfortable for students to perform for a variety of reasons. We will never force any of our members to do anything that makes them uncomfortable and will allow students to do a modified or substitute exercise or just observe that portion of the class.

I have never played any sports before and I am very uncoordinated. Will that be a problem?

We have members who have never played organized sports or participated in physical activities prior to joining our academy. We would encourage many of our new members to ease into training to prevent injuries and burnout from training. We do emphasize small improvements and growth overtime and want our members to take notice of their continual growth whether it’s improved health or getting more comfortable performing techniques.

What is a typical class like?

Our classes are typically 60-minutes long and start with a 5 to 10 minute warm up which includes jogging, calisthenics, and dynamic movement exercises to increase your heart rate and break a sweat. After the warm ups, the instructor will demonstrate techniques and you will break off and drill the techniques with your training partners for 5 to 10 minute periods before the instructor shows additional techniques. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the last 10 minutes may include flow drilling or live training while in Muay Thai, the last 10 minutes of class can include drilling and cardio and conditioning exercises.

Is training Martial Arts beneficial to females?

We at 5 Star Martial Arts believe that training martial arts is for everybody regardless of gender, age, size, or body type. We believe everybody can benefit and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually from our programs. Many female students have joined the gym for various reasons including self-defense, fitness, learning a new sport and martial art, and stress relief. Over time, our competition team has included a number of females who have gone on to compete and medal at major Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions.

What is difference between gi and nogi BJJ

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gi requires the participants to wear the traditional uniform known as the gi or kimono. Students are allowed to grab their training partner’s gi to make grips and use the gi to control and submit opponents. Nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu replaces the gi with a rashguard and shorts and is very similar to wrestling in its reliance on ties, overhooks, and underhooks to control opponents. Both versions have the same objectives of controlling and submitting an opponent and are both beneficial for self-defense.

How long will it take for me to become proficient in BJJ and/or Muay Thai?

Each student develops differently based on variables including athletic ability, past martial arts training, attendance frequency, and coachability. It will take several months of training to become more comfortable with the training regiment, improving your cardio, and understanding the concepts and terminology. There are many peaks, valleys, and plateaus every martial artist faces during their martial arts journey and it is important to maintain a positive attitude and know that you are continually improving and growing even if you don’t see it on a day-to-day basis.

What is the minimum age to start training?

For our Kids Program, the minimum age is 4 years old to start training. We have kids classes for specifically designed for children aged 4 to 7 years old.

When can I start sparring?

In both BJJ and Muay Thai classes, your coaches will evaluate your skill level and attitude in class before allowing you to train live against a training partner. The timeline for getting approved to spar can vary depending on the individual, since everybody progresses differently. The safety of you and your classmates is very important to us, which is why we assess each student before clearing them to spar.