KIDS - Frequently Asked Questions

“Will Martial Arts make my kid violent?”

Absolutely not! We teach kids self-defense as a tool for personal growth and development.

Kids learn to treat others as they want to be treated. Often, kids who were violent before they joined our class changed, and became non-violent. So no, Martial Arts won’t make your child violent!

“What if my child’s not athletic? Will he have a hard time?”

Often children who don’t find success in team sports come to Martial Arts. And they love it.

That’s because with Martial Arts you go at your own pace.

See, team sports actually harm the self-esteem of children who aren’t very athletic. When they don’t perform well, the other kids can be pretty nasty. And this can leave some serious scars on their self-esteem.

But with Martial Arts, they can’t let anyone down. Everyone goes at their own pace. Some kids learn quicker than others – but the children who advance quickly are not valued more than the kids who advance slowly.

Everyone is greatly encouraged – regardless of his or her athletic level.

“Will my child learn a talent that they can be proud of?”

Many children find pride in being able to do “cool” things like dancing, juggling, singing, playing an instrument, etc., etc., etc.

I’ve seen many kids enter talent shows, and show off their Martial Arts skills. The crowd is blown away every time!

There’s simply something fascinating and exciting about watching Martial Arts. And your child will take great pride in his abilities.

“What age is appropriate for Martial Arts?”

We have programs for kids who are 4 years old all the way to teenagers. And we even have programs for adults.

So to be honest – every age is appropriate. No child is too young or too old. We have a class that fits just right.

“Will my child get hurt?”

I’ve had children come to my program for years without ever obtaining a single injury.

This is actually the case with most children.

Have children gotten injured in my Martial Arts class? Yes, some have. But the injuries were no different than those which kids who play baseball and other sports get.

In the words of a parent I recently spoke with, “The instructors pay attention to detail when it comes to safety.”

From padded floors, to proper gear, to step-by- step instruction – we do everything in our power to insure your child’s safety. I can’t guarantee your child won’t be injured – but I can tell you that almost no children receive injuries in my program.

And that’s because we take your child’s safety very seriously.

“Will my child have fun? Will he want to stick with the program?”

When parents take their kids to appointments – normally the parent has to run around and do everything in their power to get their

children to the appointment on time.

“Hurry up!” they shout, “We’ll be late!”

(How many times have you said this?)

But with Martial Arts, something fascinating happens… Often the children are the ones yelling these things! They don’t want to be late, and they never want to miss a class.

In fact, I know of many parents who use Martial Arts as an incentive to get chores done. If the kids are good, do their chores, and do their homework – they get Martial Arts as a reward.

That’s because your child will have a ton of fun. He’ll be laughing and smiling throughout the entire class. And because he’ll constantly be setting and reaching goals – he’ll want to stick with the program.

It will become a part of his life as if it was always there.

“Is Martial Arts just for boys? Or can my girl take Martial Arts too?”

On this page I’ve said “he” a lot. But the truth is, there are just as many girls in many of our classes as there are boys.

Girls love Martial Arts just as much, and get the same fulfillment out of it as boys do.

Also, if I’ve learned anything in my years of teaching, it’s that girls are just as tough as boys. Many are even tougher!

So you don’t have to worry about your little girl getting hurt, or feeling scared because she’ll be practicing with boys. In fact, the boys may even be the ones who are scared.

ADULTS - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Jiu-Jitsu, which literally means “the gentle art,” is a famous form of self-defense that does no rely on physical strength and power. Using techniques of holds, locks, chokes, throws, and evasions, it employs mechanics though leverage and knowledge of human anatomy to overcome any attacker with minimal effort and strength. Jiu-Jitsu teaches self-confidence, improves self-esteem, relieves stress, and increases the ability to focus.

What makes BJJ different from other martial arts?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts in that it provides solutions for all possible stages of combat. Other disciplines like Tae Kwon Do or Karate focus on striking and rely on a person’s strength and speed to deliver damage, but speed and strength doesn’t matter when you’re on your back. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts fundamentally. While other martial arts rely heavily on strength and speed, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu relies on superior technique and leverage.

What’s a Gi?

A Gi (sometimes referred to as Kimono) is the uniform that is typically worn when training Jiu-Jitsu. It consists of 3 pieces: a jacket (or top), pants, and a belt. The material in which the three pieces are made is specially reinforced to withstand the rigors of daily practice. Many Jiu-Jitsu players regard their Gi in the same way a knight would their armor. Most practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu who advocate the usage of the Gi cite the more technical aspect of grappling with a Gi.

What are the benefits that I may get from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ?

Including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to your routine can help you get in shape, gain confidence, and release stress, all while forming a network of like-minded people sure to motivate and inspire you. The Jiu Jitsu Foundation not only excel in this great martial art, but offer a safe, friendly, and family-style atmosphere that many of our students consider their second home.

Is Jiu-Jitsu safe?

At the Jiu Jitsu Foundation safety is paramount. Accidents may happen, however, lack of seriousness during training and the resultant careless application of technique or counters contribute greatly to injury. Careless practice is disrespectful to the spirit of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Who can learn Jiu-Jitsu?

Practically anyone can utilize the techniques created by Carlos Gracie. Carlos Gracie, when he created his revolutionary system, weighed no more than 135 lbs. The core principle of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is to provide a method for smaller, weaker individuals to protect themselves from bigger, stronger attackers.

Is BJJ good exercise?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while rolling provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce you body fat while improving your balance, bodily coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.

Do I need to be in shape to start?

Any fitness level is welcome to the classes. What emphasize our classes are hard work; therefore, everyone is welcome and we will make our best to accommodate you. As lessons progress so will your fitness and lessons will become easier. Our team will ensure a progressive and gradual plan to help you acclimate to our programs while achieving your fitness goals.

Am I too old to train?

We have students of all ages, each with different goals in mind. Whether you are 7 or 79, our classes and programs are designed to provide results at any age and are enjoyed by both younger and older students.

Why Train with the Gi?

The gi game obviously has a lot more to it. Everything that can be done without the gi can be done with it, making it a more complex game. Additionally, taking away the gi allows physical attributes such as size strength and slipperiness to come to play with greater effect due to the lack of levers and friction. Working with the gi is generally considered more of a ‘thinking man’s’ game. Not that no-gi isn’t, it’s just that the gi removes many physical advantages and ads more techniques. For now, you should view your kimono as a set of training wheels. As you develop a higher level of proficiency, you will learn to perform Jiu-jitsu techniques both with and without a kimono. For now, the kimono will add a level of sophistication to your game that will result in you as a student becoming a more advanced and technical fighter.

What do I wear my first time (Intro Class) to class?

The best thing to wear to a first class is a shirt and shorts.

What’s a typical class like?

We begin class with some light calisthenics and stretching. Following our warm-up we then begin drilling technique. These drills when done over and over help form muscle memory and help our students retain technique. After our drilling is completed then we begin to spar (or roll). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight.

Whats the deal with Belts and Promotions?

Belts go as follows: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. One of the main differences between BJJ and other martial arts is that it is hard to get promoted. At a blue belt level, you can almost be considered a lethal force. It will take commitment because we are committed to producing students with real ability. We do have a curriculum we go by to help you and once you exhibit competency in the techniques acquired you may qualify for a promotion. 

How do I get started ?

We invite you to take a free class. To set up your free lesson please contact us at (973)779-7500 or fill out our contact form.

Typical benefits of training with us:

  • Great for Self Defense
  • World Class Instruction
  • Friendly Atmosphere
  • Excellent Training
  • Great Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Increase Muscle Tone
  • Rapidly Reduce Body Fat
  • Increased Self Confidence
  • Supreme Stress Reducer
  • Develop flexibility
  • Improve your overall health
  • Increase your energy
  • Expand your awareness
  • Focus your concentration

"In times of peace, the warlike man attacks himself." - Friedrich Nietzsche