auckland bjj
training with the gi
Do I need an uniform?

The Jiu Jitsu uniform is called a gi.
You do not need one to start training.
Just wear shorts and t-shirt.
During the warmer part of year (summer), we train both on separate days
In Autum and Winter, we generally train both classes in Gi only.
However, it can vary depending on future competition.

If you want to buy some BJJ uniform,


auckland bjj
training nogi

Do I need to compete?

No, you do need to compete.
We support our students to compete.
But we also recognise that lot of people train BJJ for fitness, fun, self-defense
There is competition in Gi, Nogi and Judo trought the year.

This is the schedule of Auckland competitions:

The NZ grappler competition follows IBJJF competitions rules.

What is the IBJJF?
The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the major and most prestigious governing body for Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) that hosts several of the biggest tournaments in the world, including the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Nogi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship and European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship. The federation was created by Carlos Gracie, Jr., who is the head of one of the largest Brazilian jiu-jitsu associations, Gracie Barra. The IBJJF is directly connected to ConfederaĆ§Ć£o Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu, sharing its rules and regulations.[1]

Our instructor is a certified black belt by the IBJJF.

Also, we can compete in Judo competitions as well as we are an affiliate Judo club.

auckland bjj

What can we expect from a 90 minutes class?
A light warm-up. We do not turn our warm up into a conditioning class.
First technique is usually a stand up techniques which means throws as we do not teach striking.
Then the ground technique is based on the position of the day:
So the first class topic is Mount.
You learn how retain mount, escape mount, submissions from the mount.

Then we do situational sparring based on the position of the day.

To conclude, we do normal rolling (sparring) with a difference as we do include takedown sparring which means you start from standing.

The topic are rotational and repeat every 12 weeks.

So do  not worry if you miss one class (mount for example), we will cover the particular topic in 6 weeks time. We will cover the topic of Mount position about 4 times per year.

Also, we have one class of questions and answers every 12 weeks when you can ask any questions.

auckland bjj

Is BJJ expensive?
We offer 3 BJJ classes per week and an additional 4 Judo classes per week as well for our members.
Our fees is $20 per week.
We do not have long or short term contracts.
It means you can pause or stop your automatic payment when necessary.

What about grading?
 In BJJ, we wear a black tab on your belt.
We can award up to 4 stripes on the tab.
We do not need to have 4 stripes to be promoted to your next belt.
Usually, we hold a graduation every 6 month.
I would think that it takes 2-3 years per belt (depending on the individuals).
For more info,

Where are you located?
We located in Epsom which is very central in Auckland.
If we are too far for you, you can always check this list of other existing BJJ clubs in Auckland.

If you are not located in Auckland, see our new page.

The ultimate BJJ FAQ by slideyfoot:

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