Frequently asked questions about Arete and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
It’s normal to have a lot of questions when you’re starting out!
Here are few basic rules and etiquettes to follow:
- Wash your feet before the class
- Wear shoes when you are walking from changing room to dojo area
- Cut your nails before the class
- Don’t ask higher belts to roll with you, they will ask you to roll with them
- During the sparring, always give room for higher belts. If you crash to another person, and the person has higher ranking, it is your job to move and give space.
- Be nice to people. Sparring doesn’t equal competition.
I’m traveling to Malta, can I come and train?
Yes! We welcome everyone regardless of their skill level or affiliation.
We pride ourselves as an international traveler-friendly gym.
I want to buy a kimono, where can I buy one?
- We can rent you a gi for 5€
Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu suitable for girls?
Absolutely! If you are interested, why don’t you come and try it? The first class is on us. Check out videos on Youtube of Ronda Rousey and Mackenzie Dern if you’re still not convinced!
Do I get kicked or punched in the face?
Nope. We don’t do any striking in our classes. In fact, injuries are very rare in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
I haven’t exercised in weeks/ months/years. Am I going to survive?
No matter what your fitness level is, you’re going to sweat. The fastest way to build an athletic tolerance is by training so jump right in!
What kind of companies provide Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes to their employees?
Well, you might have heard about these two…
- Google – Meet One Of The Men Who’s Helping Google Employees De-Stress And Get In Shape – Business Insider
- LinkedIn – LinkedIn’s new San Francisco office has a gym for employees to fight Brazilian jiu-jitsu matches – Business Insider
Is there any famous people who train BJJ?
- Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain’s Jiu-Jitsu Journey – Jiu Jitsu Times
- Ed O’Neil – Married With Jiu-Jitsu – Bloody Elbow
- Naomi Watts – 5 Female celebrities who practice Jiu-Jitsu – JiuJitsuCentral
- Ashton Kutcher
- Demi Moore
Do I have to take part in the sparring?
No. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. However, we do recommend that you at least try the sparring. Sparring is the best part of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and it will improve your confidence, conditioning, and technique the most.
Do you require previous experience in martial arts?
No, you don’t need to have any previous experience. Beginners are as welcome as more seasoned practitioners. Most of our new students are complete beginners anyway since the BJJ in Malta in small.
Do people get injured when they train BJJ?
Not very often. This is one of the reasons why we put so much emphasis on warming up. By doing the all-encompassing warmup, we prepare our body for the technical and sparring section of our classes. But like any other sports, sometimes injuries just happen.
To whom you would recommend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
If you want to get in shape, make new friends and learn something cool; then BJJ is probably an awesome fit for you. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like working out alone, BJJ is an alternative option. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how big you are, what gender you are or what your background is, Jiu Jitsu has been designed for everyone.
Got more questions? Please email us: [email protected]
You can also use the contact form provided on the contact us page. If you don’t feel like typing, call us at +356 9963 8111
We look forward to welcoming you to our club, and may you enjoy your experience!