Q: What do I need to get started?
A: Good attitude, willingness to learn and work well with others. Bring your own Water Bottle (we provide high quality water filtration system), an extra dry shirt for after training, flip flops (no shoes on the mat and no bare feet off the mat). Wear Jiu Jitsu uniforms or clean, snug fitting shorts and shirts (so no fingers get caught in them).
A: We do our promotions based on criteria’s such as skills, performance and character, as well as attendance and time in service. We use the IBJJF graduation system as our guideline. As a student, please come to the academy and focus on learning and improving. Let the Instructors take care of the promotions. Please, as a Martial Artist, never ask for a promotion. Promotions come when they come.
Q: Who is teaching me?
A: All of our instructors and coaches are handpicked for their professionalism, knowledge, skills, and rapport with people. You can find their Bios and credentials under the Instructors list on our website. We also have many well trusted, advanced students that help to guide & mentor beginning BJJ practitioners in our program. We are proud of our teaching staff and are excited to help you get to the next level.
A: We have an excellent Kids 4-7yr old program that builds a foundation of confidence, passion and excitement. We do accept 3 1/2 year olds in the program but it’s going to depend on their attention span and maturity. The best thing to do is to try the Kids classes and see if it’s a good fit.
Q: Is your Academy Recognized by Professional Organizations?
A: Our Academy is IBJJF and SJJIF registered and certified. Our athletes compete at these high level Jiu Jitsu tournaments and enjoy the professionalism that these organizations offer. Excel Martial Arts Academy is also USA Boxing registered and certified. We respect and support what these organizations stand for.
A: Yes! Each of our Instructors are available for Private lessons and will train you one on one. The pricing is separate from the group class tuition. Let the Front Desk know you are interested and your choice of instructor that you would like to work with. Private lessons in combination with group lessons can accelerate your progress.
Q: How does the schedule work?
A: Our schedule is designed to come as much as you’d like or as little as you’d like, whatever your life schedule allows. Our group class schedule changes at the beginning of every month, so make sure to check on our website for current version.
A: Our Open Mat sessions are a chance for students to practice what they’ve been learning during the week. It is not a structured class nor formal instruction but a chance for students to interact with other students in an unscripted workout. It’s a great way build camaraderie with teammates and get a great workout in. Many times, advanced students will help answer questions and problem solve sticking points in teammates’ game. Open Mat sessions are free to Team Members and $20 Drop in fee for visitors.
A: Once a month, Professor Michio Grubbs presents a 2 hour, specific topic workshop that delves more into certain parts of the Jiu Jitsu game. It’s a chance for students to gain more insight and knowledge on particular subjects. It is a Two hour intensive that has students taking notes, performing repetition’s and drills and asking questions to help enlighten, bring more awareness and knowledge to the over-all BJJ game. Cost of the BJJ Workshop is $40.
Q: How much is Membership?
A: We having tuition pricing for group classes starting at $65 monthly up to $165 per month for unlimited training (all classes on schedule available to you). Please contact us for current discounts and specials that we are offering. We charge per program, not per class, so we do not do punch cards. There is a one-time startup fee for enrollment when you first start up. We often run sign up specials that can save you lots of money, so call 760-726-2279 to get details.
Q: Do I have to sign a contract?
A: To get the best price we offer; we do one year commitments. We understand at times, life gets in the way so we do offer holds and cancellations. We also offer Pre-Pays that can save you money. You can also do a month to month (no contract) with us at a slightly higher fee.
Q: How often should I train?
A: Train as much as much as your body and mind will allow. Everyone gets super excited in the beginning and some start off going super hard, but then it backfires and they need to take a break. The key is consistency. Start slow, maybe two-three times a week, then progressively work to upping the intensity. Consider this: learning Jiu Jitsu is a Marathon, not a sprint.
Q: What is the proper etiquette of behavior in the Dojo?
A: In our Martial Arts Academy, we base everything on respect. We do the light bowing, the handshakes and good attitude as expressions of respect. We keep everything clean and we ask that everyone in the Dojo keep good personal hygiene and to pick up after themselves. Always treat others how you would want people to treat you. Be kind, gentle and nice. Be Humble.