Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What about Private Lessons?

If training in a large class setting isn’t for you, or if your schedule doesn’t permit you from attending one of our regularly scheduled instructional periods, or simply if you prefer a more intimate instructional setting please contact the Core Combat Sports staff about our private sessions. In these private instructional settings, students work one on one with a CCS staff member; receiving coaching and technique based instruction at Core Combat’s facilities. Private lessons are tailored to the skill level and abilities of the participating student and vary in content, price, and length according to each student’s circumstances and goals. Instruction is available in fitness training, kick boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, and particularly Gracie Jiu- Jitsu. Please contact us with any questions regarding private lessons.

Q: What separates Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu apart from other martial arts?

All Martial Arts have their redeeming qualities, it is simply the underlying principle that makes each different, not the techniques. Most martial arts have choking techniques or joint locks, it is how they are taught, practiced and applied that makes them different. Jiu-Jitsu is supposed to be practiced as a martial art where you can use little to no strength to subdue a much larger opponent without causing them harm.
It is important to find the art that suits your needs and never-mind what others are doing. It is equally important to recognize that people train for different reasons and part of being a good martial artist is respecting that.

Q: I wouldn’t want to go to the ground in a street fight. Is ground fighting effective for real self defense?

If you avoid the story-tellers and the opinions of Internet keyboard warriors, any professional bouncer or law enforcement officer will attest to the likely hood of a fight ending up on the ground; with all opinions aside, the statistical fact is that 70- 90% of all fights end up on the ground. Although it is not (always) in a fighter’s best interest to go to the ground in all situations, the chances of being put there (even against your will) are very high. Considering these facts, it would be unwise to ignore ground fighting techniques.

Q: What are the advantages of Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu?

If your goal is to become a fighter or to be able to defend yourself completely, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has significant advantages over most other martial arts. It remains the only single style that addresses all areas of fighting completely without the need for cross-training. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was designed as a fighting style to defeat other martial arts, where styles like Boxing, Karate, Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do all specialize in striking someone, none of them present solutions for someone who is pinned on the ground; conversely, Jiu-Jitsu offers solutions for defending against striking attacks while standing and on the ground in addition to all methods of grappling attacks. With the popularity of contests like the Ultimate Fighting Championship, you will see people naming their styles as Wrestling or Kickboxing, but they all (and must) supplement their training with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. To this day, there are still fighters entering the cage with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as their only method of training to ensure their victories.
The Military has recognized the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art not only for sportive contests, but in the real world as well. America’s Army cannot afford to buy into theories or Hollywood myths about martial arts; for a soldier, knowledge of martial arts is life and death, not a hobby or a film script. Through a scientific method, trial and error and process of elimination, The United States Army chose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to be the core of their Combative Program. In 2002, SFC Matthew Larson re-wrote the Army Combatives Manual (FM 3-25.150) and made Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the backbone for the entire work. Today, it is hard to find any elite Military or Law Enforcement agency that does not incorporate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a serious part of their doctrine.

Q: What is the basic etiquette for classes?

These are some general rules to follow during training:
Keep your uniform clean.
Avoid foul language.
Respect everyone.
Be on time for class.
Call your instructor if you will be absent for a length of time.
Always bow or shake hands before sparring.
Never get too aggressive while sparring, you should relax and go easy – don’t grind away, or go too hard trying to tap people out.
No shoes on the mat.
Refrain from horseplay, talking, and interrupting while your instructor is teaching.
Keep yourself properly groomed.

Q: Do I need a uniform?

Jiu-Jitsu students are required to wear a Gi/Kimono and a team rash guard or shirt. Kickboxing students will need to purchase a team shirt, boxing gloves, shin pads, and jump rope. Uniforms and equipment can be purchased through the academy at discount prices.

Q: Why train Jiu-Jitsu with a gi?

As you practice Jiu-Jitsu, you will find it useful as both an offensive and defensive tool; you will also realize its value as a common uniform to promote safe and technical practice of Jiu-Jitsu.

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 GI/kimono. For now, the GI/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.

Q: What are submissions and how dangerous are they?

Submissions include ankle locks, knee bars, heel hooks, arm bars, chokes, shoulder locks, etc. In a real situation they are devastating to an opponent as you use stronger body parts against a much weaker one (your legs against their elbow joint, for example). For this reason, a much smaller opponent can easily take a much stronger one. Nevertheless, submissions are very safe when practiced in a controlled training environment.

Q: What can I expect in my first class?

BJJ classes typically begin with 20 minutes of warm ups, stretching, and drills. Technique will then be practiced for approximately 40 minutes. Open mat time is then available to our students for an additional hour. Many students choose to spar, practice techniques, or simply watch others in action. Kickboxing classes begin with an emphasis in cardio -conditioning and strengthening drills for roughly 15-20 minutes. Technique and a quality workout to follow! Students in both programs simply wear a t-shirt and shorts/sweat pants to their first class. The staff at Core Combat Sports will help you get the rest of the equipment that is needed.

Q: Do I have to be in good physical shape to begin training?

No. Our classes are designed to meet the needs of a brand new student that is attending for the very first time. Many new students think that you should get in shape on your own before starting training. That is the furthest thing from the truth. You’ll absolutely love the easy and relaxed environment we have set up in our classes. It will allow you to come in and learn no matter what type of shape you are in.

Q: Are women and children able to train in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing?

Yes, all our classes are co-educational. Women and children receive the same exact training and attitude as their adult male counterparts. We take pride in not only teaching women and children martial arts, but empowering them with life skills.

Q: How do I get started?

Simply contact a staff member to set up your first lesson. Our staff is eager to develop you into a life-long martial artist. The first and hardest step in simply committing yourself to become a better person!

Q: What is MMA?

A good history and explanation can be found at:


Q: What is included in your program?

95% of modern MMA is a mix of Boxing, BJJ, Wrestling, and Kickboxing. Our program covers all of these aspects of MMA.

How are the classes structured?

We have a flexible structure for the MMA program. What might be covered in the class will depend on who has upcoming fights and things they need to address as well as the needs of the group.

Are there prerequisites for starting in the MMA program?

If you’re fighting competitively? Then CCS does require you to read and sign a written agreement that states that the fighters will adhere to the training schedules laid out, Training protocols etc.

Do I need to bring special gear to class?

Yes. You will need to get all your own protective gear as well as sparring equipment. See the instructor for more details.

Is there a separate fee for MMA?


Can you help with other aspects of Competitive MMA?

When you join Team Core you are joining a team of experienced fighters and coaches that are knowledgeable about nutrition, weight management, and other conditioning methods. Also, your coaching staff is there to help arrange upcoming fights, pre-fight hand wrapping, and to be in your corner during the fight.

Can I fight whomever I want?

Not really. We ask people that join the team to respect the judgment of their coaches when determining who they should fight. Remember, the coaches have your safety in mind and also want to see you grow as a fighter by taking progressively more difficult fights. As you become more experienced you will have a lot more input into picking your fights.

If I have a fight coming up in a month can I come in for a quick tune up?

Generally no. If you are an experienced fighter we would consider that. If you are a
rookie we think that is a bad decision on your part and we don’t want anything to do with it. We are looking for people that are in it for the long term

How long from when I start training until I have my first fight?

That is very different for each person. You will be training with a group of active fighters; you will have a very good idea where your skills are before your first fight. Core has a four phase process. Phase 1 BJJ/grappling tournaments .Phase 2 Modified Amateur MMA (No head strikes) bouts, Phase 3 Amateur MMA bouts, Phase 4 Pro MMA. Each phase progression is determined on performance/or skill level … Team Core boasts a 75% win record which indicates a system that works.