Advanced Classes BJJ & NoGi -classes

September 2017 Gi only training!

If you navigated yourself here, you are probably looking for more information about our classes.
In this page, we give answers to the most common questions related to training. 

BJJ classes

Our classes are 90 minutes long. We start our classes by warming up. Warm up includes light stretching, series of body movement exercises, jiu-jitsu specific movement exercises and a few strength exercises.

After we’ve gotten ourselves nice and sweaty we’ll move to the technique portion of our classes. On each class, we cover between 2-3 different techniques. Techniques revolve around guard passing, positional escapes, submissions, sweeps, and takedowns.

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Last part of the class is the premium of Brazilian jiu-jitsu – sparring (often referred as ‘rolling’). Sparring is one of the core elements of improving your jiu-jitsu skills. The reason for this is simple, techniques you’ve learned during the class are put in the use against a person is actively trying to defend your attacks/sweeps/escapes.

This might seem bit intimidating, but hold your horses! 🙂 We are not looking to hurt anyone, sparring is always done in good spirit. We are not looking to hurt each other, we are looking to get better.



Competition Classes

We will organize occasional training sessions for people who are looking to compete in BJJ-tournaments. Classes are a little bit different compared to our regular classes. It is required to have at least 2 months of training under the belt before you can join these classes. You need to know basic positions and have some sort of basic understanding positions, attacks, escapes, and passes. You also need to be a regular member of Arete in order to be eligible to join these classes. These classes will be informed separately in our facebook group.

Here’s how the class is structured

Warm up – 10 minutes

We won’t be doing warm ups together. Everyone needs to come up their own warm up. The reason being, that in the tournament it is your responsibility to get properly warmed up before jumping into your first match.

Here are few tips for warm ups

  • You need to be sweating
  • Your heart rate needs to go up
  • Try to go through every single body part when warming up.

If you don’t have your own warm up routine, ask from the higher belt if they can do warm up together with you.

Drilling – 10-15 minutes

This is the part where you can drill your own techniques. We will give you certain position/situation and you can drill 1-2 of your favorite techniques.

Here are few examples

  • Position: Open guard
    • Drill your go-to sweep
  • Position: back mount
    • Finishes and escapes
  • Position: side control
    • escapes

The whole point of this is to get as many reps in for your techniques. The more you drill, the more confident you’ll get with the techniques.

Sparring – 30-40 minutes

We will mix up the sparring little bit. There will positional sparring, competition style sparring (counting points) and free rolling.

Cool down – 10 minutes

We finish the class by stretching, walking around and trying to lower our heart rate.


Few quick tips for your first session

  • Be on time! Come to the venue minimum 10 minutes before the class starts!
  • Cut your nails! Cut your nails every time before coming to the class!
  • Bring a bottle of water. 
  • Wear shorts, t-shirt or rash guard.
  • You don´t need groin protection or mouth guard, but if you want to wear those you can!
  • Towel, to wipe away all the sweat from you.
  • Be open minded and have a good time. 

Frequently asked questions

I'm travelling to Malta, can I come and train?


We welcome everyone regardless of their skill level or affiliation AND travellers can train 1 week for free with us!

I want to buy a kimono, where can I buy one?

Check out this guide buying BJJ-kimono

Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu suitable for girls?

Absolutely! If you are interested why don’t you come and try. First class is on us.

Do I get kicked or punched in the face?

Nope. We don’t do any striking in our classes.

I haven’t exercised in weeks / months / years. Am I going to survive?

You will, but you might squeeze couple of extra sweat drops. Maybe it is a good time start exercising now?


Do I have to take part of sparring?

No. You don’t HAVE to do anything you don’t want to. However, we do recommend that you at least try 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 previous experience. Beginners are as welcome as more seasoned practitioners. 

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 theral warmup we make our body prepared for technique and sparring portion of the classes. But like in any other sports, sometimes injuries just happen.

To whom you would recommend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

If you want get in shape, make new friends and learn something cool then bjj is probably good fit for you. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like working out alone bjj is a good option.


Arete Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Malta
59 triq manoel de Vilhena Gzira Malta
+356 77 068 317


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