Covid-19 Pandemic: Are You Open?
Yes, we are open! We have taken great care to maximize air flow (Including medical grade air purifiers), our staff is Vaccinated, and we disinfect the entire gym in between the kids and adult classes with a Hypochlorous acid fogger. Our students are consistently reminded that if they have any symptoms they need to stay home and get tested.
Masks are not required.
This is my first time. What do I need to know?
Welcome! First, sign up for your free class here. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Wear tighter fitting athletic clothing. Arrive clean/showered, finger and toe nails trimmed, and wearing deodorant. No shoes on the mat.
What should I wear?
- Top: Rash guard or a tight fitting T-shirt.
- Bottom: Grappling/MMA shorts, Gi Pants, or tights/leggings
- Protective equipment: Mouthpiece (recommended), Cup/Jock Strap (optional)
What's a "tap"?
In practice, when you have your partner in a submission hold (e.g. choke, armlock, etc.) that they cannot escape, they will give up by repeatedly tapping you, the mat, or themselves with their hands/feet, or simply saying something along the lines of, “Tap!” or ”Stop!” This important means of communication between training partners keeps everyone injury-free.
What's a "gi"?
The gi or kimono is a two-piece set of draw-string pants and a specially woven jacket that will not tear even if you pull on it. BJJ incorporates the use of the gi to manipulate an opponent’s body for superior leverage both defensively and offensively. The gi is held together by a belt, the color of which represents a level of knowledge and proficiency in the sport.
What's the difference between Gi and No-Gi Jiu-jitsu?
The major difference between the two classes is the use of a gi in practice. In a gi match there are a myriad of ways the uniform can be used to defend or attack. The gi also changes the amount of friction between two players, which changes the style of control and technique necessary to attack and defend effectively.
Do I have to compete?
Cave Academy is dedicated to the progression of our students and competition is a huge part of that commitment. The process of preparing for a tournament, training, getting in shape, dealing with nerves, conquering your self-doubt, and learning from your mistakes, is one that speeds the growth and development of a person. If you are looking to be coached for competition, we have you covered. That said, we never force anyone to compete.
Am I too old? Do I need to be in shape to start?
Nope! Come as you are. Our team consists of people of all ages, many of whom started very simple fitness goals and no martial arts knowledge.
Is there parking?
Yes! There's plenty of free parking in our parking lot.