ANSWER: It depends on what you are looking for! If you want the most effective martial art / personal protection system in the world, then Gracie Jiu-jitsu is for you (also known as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or BJJ). Importantly, action speaks louder than words - Royce Gracie proved that in the UFC™. Royce's family has proven the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-jitsu over and over for nearly 100 years! Moreover, US Military and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout North America, including Canada's National Police Force, have adopted and implemented Gracie Jiu-jitsu / BJJ into their training programs - perhaps you should too!
ANSWER: Unlike other martial arts, Gracie Jiu-jitsu focuses on a complete system, including stand up techniques, take-downs, ground grappling, personal protection and the overall character development of the participant (their mental capacity to use their skills for the greater good and the discipline to persevere). Moreover, everyone can do it regardless of their athletic ability - there is no need to do the splits, jump high, kick over someone's head, break a board, walk on hot coals... you get the point. Gracie Jiu-jitsu utilizes the most effective techniques (things that will actually work) against the most likely attacks (things that actually happen). More than 75% (3 out of every 4) of physical confrontations go to the ground, we suggest knowing what to do if the fight takes you there.
ANSWER: Congratulations on being a member of the larger martial arts community. If you enjoy where you currently train and your goals and needs are being met, you are in the right school - stay where you are at. However, if you are looking for something more, or recognize what you are doing "likely would not work," then come and try a complementary class at Gracie Dojo™. If your instructor really believes "their style is best", please bring them along to your complementary class - we enjoy respectful discussions.
ANSWER: The INSTRUCTOR! Think for a moment, who was your favourite teacher growing up? Why? For most of us, our favourite teacher influenced our lives for the greater good - they were kind when they needed to be, assertive when we required it, inspired us to stretch outside of our comfort zone, and helped us develop into who we are today! Great teachers make us better - not the subject (i.e., martial art). Your instructor will have a dramatic impact on yours' or your child's life, we suggest selecting the FINEST one you can find.
If honesty (teaching what really works and actually being accredited / certified by something greater than themselves), integrity (doing what is right), professionalism (providing the highest standard), compassion (caring for the students) and respect (Character) are important to you, then choose the finest Sensei you can.
ANSWER: Absolutely! If you have a martial arts club close to you, go try a complementary class. We would suggest starting with a legitimate Gracie Jiu-jitsu / BJJ club (there are some out there besides us), but there are many more martial arts clubs that may not have your best interest at heart. Trust your instincts when you are taking that complementary class. If you do not find what you are looking for, we know that Gracie Dojo™ will be worth your time. If you are unable to train in Gracie Jiu-jitsu / BJJ, we suggest a Judo / Wrestling / MMA club. If you cannot find a Gracie / BJJ / Judo / Wrestling / MMA club, then go to GracieUniversity.com and learn on-line. If you are still stuck, refer back to question #4 - go find the finest Sensei you can - the Instructor is the difference!
ANSWER: It is never too late to start (although we all wish we started in 1993). Grand Master Helio Gracie was on the mat well into his 90's. Every day, males and females 40, 50 and 60 years plus of age are practicing jiu-jitsu and personal protection around the world. Gracie Dojo™ and our certified instructors pride themselves on being able to meet the needs of all our students by adapting / tailoring our classes to help you achieve your goals.