[ Frequently Asked Questions ]
Do I have to be in shape to train Jiu Jitsu?
No, we will meet you where you are, at your own pace and the instructors will bring you along slowly.
Is all Jiu Jitsu just grappling?
No, 100 % of fights start standing up and Gracie Self Defense focuses on all ranges from standing to clinching to the ground
Can I try all the classes on the free trial?
Yes, we encourage it
Do you offer any other classes here?
Yes, we also offer women’s self defense, Muay Thai, Judo, Mixed Martial Arts, and Yoga.
How many times a week should I train?
We recommend training 2 times per week, for faster growth we recommend 3 days or more or Schedule private lessons with a certified instructor.
Am I going to get beat up or injured?
No, we have beginner fundamental classes for someone who has never trained Jiu Jitsu.
Do I have to sign a contract?
No, we offer a 12 month agreement where you can cancel or freeze at anytime.
What makes Gracie Humaita Houston different from other academy’s?
A lot! We have a Gracie certified black belt instructor! Our instructors are required by the Gracie association to have continuing education classes yearly and we they have a passion for teaching just to name a few!
Do I need experience in martial arts?
Absolutely not! We instruct for all skill levels and most people come to us with no experience at all.
Is there a free trial?
Yes, we have a two week free trial…. no cost or obligation!
At what age can children start kids class?
Our kid classes usually start at five years old but we would be happy to evaluate a younger child to see if they would benefit from our classes.
What if my child does not improve as fast as the other kids?
We never recommend comparing one child to another. As All children learn at different rates, If you ever want to check on your child’s progress please schedule a meeting with the instructor and we will be happy to address any concerns you may have.
What do I need to wear?
This will depend on the class you are taking…For BJJ classes you will need to wear a gi. For MMA and kickboxing classes, sleeves with a neckline top are recommended and no short shorts.
What color gi do I have to have?
The first gi that you purchase should be white. Any additional gi’s you decide purchase may be your choice of color between blue and white. We wear white gi’s for seminars, photographs, and special events so those are required.
How much is a membership?
We have a few different options for membership packages so give us a call so we can get the right option for you!
What is the schedule?
We have classes six days a week. Please check the current class schedule for specific times and classes
Do you require participation in tournaments?
No, we would love to have everyone on our competition team but understand competing isn’t for everyone.
Is BJJ an option for my kids?
Yes, our kids/teens program is one of our most popular programs. Our children will learn self defense techniques to handle school bullies and even how to defend themselves from abductors. Our students develop self confidence and learn discipline, respect, and responsibility all in a fun and physically active environment.
Do you teach self defense?
Yes, self defense is one of the core elements of our curriculum.
How many days a week are you required to go?
There is no requirement for attendance. You can attend as little or as much as you would like.
How do you handle promotions?
Promotions are based on several factors such as attendance, retention of skills, and overall attitude towards your teammates. Ultimately it is the instructors decision when a student is ready to be promoted.
Is there a belt rank test, if so do you charge fees for that?
No ,we do not have belt rank tests. There are no additional fees for promotions.
Is there courses available for only women?
Yes, please check the current class schedule for the exact times for these classes
How long is the curriculum?
Martial arts is a life long journey so our curriculum is ongoing
I am over 40, am I too old for Jiu Jitsu?
No, as long as you train within your abilities and give your body time to recover you will do great. BJJ is about technique not strength.