Program Location: Spirit Lake HLPC

Weekly Class Offerings:

Adult: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-8pm, and every first & third Saturday of the month from 9-10am

Youth: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6-7pm

Fee per month: $35 members, $50 non-members (May attend unlimited # of classes per month)

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Why should you become involved with Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is the fastest growing martial art in the country – the world’s #1 most powerful system of self-defense. Jiu Jitsu has proven its effectiveness in combat, protecting families, in competition, and every major UFC/MMA arena in the world today. According to FBI statistics, 95% of street altercations end up on the ground. Brazilian jiu-jitsu will help you understand how to control this situation.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a self-defense art that was developed in Brazil during the early 1900s from traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Judo. The movements in BJJ rely on technique and balance rather than strength and agility. These concepts allow a smaller individual to defend themselves against a larger opponent.

While BJJ is a form of submission wrestling, it is different in the fact that it is trained with a gi (kimono). The gi simulates a person’s clothing and can be used to control and submit an opponent. Knowledge of gi submissions can be a great advantage in a self-defense situation.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers an engaging way to get in shape both physically and mentally. Training BJJ provides the perfect combination of aerobic and anaerobic conditioning to build both strength and increase cardiovascular capacity. Additionally, BJJ has been called “kinetic chess” by many, as it relies heavily on “outsmarting” your opponent.

People regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for different reasons; to be more social, to lose weight, to involve themselves with a positive form of stress relief, self-defense or to make themselves a more efficient problem solver. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives anyone the ability to overcome any attacker regardless of size and strength.


What should I expect in a typical day of training?

Class structure may vary slightly on a daily basis but in general you can expect the following format in a 60-minute group setting class. Classes are co-ed and for anyone 14 and over, with or without previous athletics experience. In fact, we specialize and have a program just for beginners.

– Warm Up (10 min)
– Technique (20 min)
– Specific Sparring (15 min)
– Sparring (10 min)
– Cool Down / Stretching (5 min)

Warm up

The warm up is designed to prepare your body for the rigors of training. It usually involves some light jogging around the perimeter of the mat, some calisthenics and some jiu-jitsu specific movements.


This is where you will learn the moves and details of Jiu Jitsu. It will usually involve your instructor demonstrating some scenarios and the responses to them. After this, you will pair off with another student to drill the techniques you learned.

Specific Sparring

Now you will be given the opportunity to use the techniques you just learned in a controlled but live situation, against a resisting opponent. Understand that this part of the class is spent sparring in a specific situation. This is usually a set position (e.g. the guard or the mount etc.) or with a restricted set of parameters (e.g. only able to use a certain attack etc.) In my opinion, specific sparring is one of the most important aspects of Jiu Jitsu training.


The most vital of all drills, live sparring is what differentiates Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from other functional martial arts. Sparring is not required but highly encouraged and where your jiu-jitsu game will really begin to advance with the fastest progress.

Stretching – Cool Down

At the conclusion of class, we will spend a few minutes stretching, socializing, and answering any questions students may have.