Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - fundamental no-gi classes are open to all ranks and skill levels.
Thomas Williams Jiu Jitsu has been coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tulsa for over a decade, and has built a reputation for providing technical instruction applicable to sport and self defense. The fundamentals classes help students develop confidence to perform takedowns, getting to and maintaining a dominant position, and correctly and effectively applying submissions from chokes to joint locks.
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - No-Gi Fundamentals class?
At Balanced Bodies, our BJJ Fundamental classes are the basis for all other jiu jitsu instruction. With technical detail and an emphasis on positional stability and control, these classes are a great place to start your journey for sport or self defense.
The no-gi fundamentals class is a great place to take your first jiu jitsu class. The techniques taught in the fundamentals classes provide students the skills needed to defend themselves in a sport environment or self-defense altercation. Fundamentals classes focus on escaping poor positions
Classes consist of several stages:
- Class start / Warm up
This includes a formal bow in, a yoga-based stretch, brief cardio, and line drills
- Instruction / Drilling
Coaches will teach a series of techniques, generally either related or becoming more complex. Throughout the instruction, coaches allow time for partner drilling of each sequence to ensure a good understanding and correct application of the techniques
- Sparring / Resistance Drilling
After all techniques have been shown, coaches will pair students up for sparring or resistance drilling starting from a specific position.
What you need to know.
Like other martial arts including Judo and Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a full-contact combat sport. As such, participating in class carries some risk of injury. However, our coaches are trained to provide a fun and safe environment for practicing skills, even with resistance.
One of the key features that makes BJJ so effective is the ability to train with near or even at 100% resistance, knowing that at any point, one can "tap out" to a submission and avoid injury. Tap early and tap often!
# What to wear
Make sure to wear a t-shirt or a rashguard (compression shirt) and some athletic/compression shorts to keep on under your shorts. Our female students are also required to wear a sports bra for comfort and safety.
MMA/grappling shorts are preferred since they have no pockets and are less likely to be incidentally grabbed out of habit. Some students prefer to wear spats/leggings under their shorts, but these are not required. Female students generally wear leggings with or without shorts over them. However, we offer gi classes immediately after no-gi, so many of our students often just wear gi pants to no-gi class.
# Pro tips
Make sure to trim your fingernails and toenails, as well as take other measures to ensure good hygiene.
Be prepared to sweat! Even in the winter, the gym stays warm and humid thanks to the work ethic of our students.
If you're unsure about something, just ask! Our coaches and upper belts are here to help you make the best of your time on the mat
# Benefits of BJJ Fundamentals
Learn and practice the basics of an effective martial art in a fun, safe environment