Frequently Asked Questions


What equipment do I need to participate?

For Muay Thai you will want to have your own 16oz gloves and hand wraps.  We have hand wraps for purchase at the school and gloves to borrow if you don't have any yet. You can purchase the gloves at some sports stores or many place online carry them.  

For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it will depend on what classes you are attending.  We offer Gi and no-Gi Jiu-Jitsu.  No-Gi attire consists of shorts with a t-shirt or tight fitting rash guard.  You will want to make sure that the clothing does not contain buttons or zippers as that could injure your training partners or the mat.  For Gi Jiu-Jitsu you will need to purchase a Gi.  This is a uniform that looks like a traditional martial arts uniform but is made of much heavier material.  These are sold at the gym or can be purchased online.  If you are traveling or need a Gi to rent we offer them for $5.


When are the classes?

Classes are listed on our scheduling page.  Here you will be able to sign up for an account, purchase a membership, and enroll in our seminars.

 

Do I need any experience to attend your classes?

No, most of the people that attend our classes have no stand-up or ground training before attending.  This is definately not a problem as we will teach you all of the basics and fundamentals which we will build upon as you learn more advanced movements.  If you do have experience in stand-up fighting or ground grappling we will help you extend that knowledge to as far as you wish to go.  We have had students compete at the highest levels of MMA, striking, and grappling tournaments. 


How do I get promoted and know I am progressing?

In Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu there are multiple belt levels which are detailed on the BJJ page.  There is no formal testing and you will be promoted when you can demonstrate the techniques and philosophy of BJJ.  This includes using the main principle of Jiu-Jitsu which pits technique against strength.

We currently do not have a ranking system for our no-gi program.  Your instructor will monitor your progress and put you with other students of different levels to challenge you and continue your growth.

For our Muay Thai program there is also no ranking system.  You will see yourself progressing as you continue to challenge yourself with difficult combinations and sparring against seasoned students and instructors.

 

What ages do you enroll at the academy?

Our kids classes start at age 8 and go to around age 14.  Our adult classes start at age 14 and have adults of every age after that.

 

I am visiting from out of town, can I come in to train?

Yes!  We welcome visitors from other schools.  Open mat's are $10 and day passes are $20.  Kids class drop-in rates are $25.  You can purchase your pass from our online store before attending.

 

Do you offer tours of the academy and trial classes?

Tours of the academy, Q&A and trial classes are on Monday at 5:30pm.  All other times to attend and try out a class and check out the facility must be coordinated by emailing info@iowabjj.com or messaging us through our Facebook page.

 

What style of BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) do you teach?

Our students learn all aspects of BJJ from the self defense curriculum to the latest moves being performed in competition.  Depending on what interests you more is what you can focus your training on.  We offer the foundation to learn and train with both.  Our head academy is out of California at Caique Jiu-Jitsu.  www.cjjusa.com  It is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as our affiliation has direct roots to Helio Gracie.

 

Do you offer individual or private lessons?

Yes, we offer individual lessons and they are most often performed with 2 students and an instructor.  They can also be performed 1 on 1 with just a student and instructor as well.  These are offered by appointment only and can be coordinated through our email at info@iowabjj.com.

 

How does your pricing work?

We offer monthly memberships and they setup through our online store.  The first payment includes a one time registration fee of $50 and the monthly fee will be drafted from your CC or bank account monthly after that.  

 

Rules of the Academy

Mat Rules

- Keep nails short, all 20 of them.

- Remove all jewelry.

- No shoes (wrestling shoes are allowed), food, drinks, or gum are allowed on the mat.

- No clothing with zippers or sharp edges.


Academy Rules

- Keep the changing rooms and spectator’s area clean and orderly.

- Keep children supervised at all times. Do not let them run around and disrupt class.

- Check in at the front desk to record your attendance.

- No smoking permitted in any part of the Academy. 

- No pets.

 

Training Etiquette

- Maintain good hygiene. Wear clean uniforms and training clothing.

- Train with the equipment and attire required.

- Let your Instructor/training partners know if you are injured. Stay home if you are sick or have any funky skin rash of any sort. 

- Follow rules of good sportsmanship before, during and after each activity or game.

- Know your limitations & those of your training partners.  All submission holds should always be applied in a controlled manner. 

- Do not seek to harm fellow students physically or emotionally.

- Tap early & often. Tapping is not a sign of weakness; rather it is a part of the learning process. 

- Check your ego at the door. The mat is a learning environment. It is not a competition. Your concern should be with learning & improving, not defeating your teammates during training.

- Be aware of those around you to avoid injuring your teammates. It is considered customary & respectful for the lower ranking students to yield space to higher belts.

- Acknowledge corrections or constructive criticism regardless of age or rank.