Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a certain fitness level before getting started?
No. Grappling as a sport is unique in its fitness and conditioning requirements, so the best way to get grappling fit is simply by grappling as much as possible! At Maximillian we’re well aware of the fact that it takes a while for newcomers to build their fitness so we’ll push you just past your current level as we develop your strength and conditioning over time.
Are classes beginner friendly?
Yes. Learning a new skill can be quite overwhelming so the classes are very accommodating to facilitate the learning process. Techniques are broken down and explained with an opportunity provided to practice as well as ask questions in order to better grasp the concept.
I’m afraid of getting injured, isn’t it dangerous?
No. Without question grappling as a sport carries less risk than rugby with fewer injuries occurring. A key aspect to training safety is an academy culture which prioritises the longevity and safety of all students to ensure that everyone can train both hard and safe to get the maximum benefit and enjoyment.
What gear will I need?
Each student is ultimately required to purchase a gi, or a kimono, upon joining the academy. But in the meanwhile you can get the ball rolling and get started simply with normal gym clothes, sandals, a waterbottle and gum guard.
How do memberships work?
Memberships work on a month-to-month basis. If your circumstances change and you need to stop your training, all you need to do is drop us an email and 30-days later your membership will be cancelled, no questions asked.
If I join the academy does it mean I have to compete?
No. Though there is a strong emphasis placed on competition at the academy, individuals aren’t obliged to compete unless they’d like to. Students are encouraged to enjoy the sport, environment and community and then compete if and when they feel comfortable to do so.
What will it take for me to earn a blue belt?
This will differ from person to person depending on related experience, natural athleticism, attendance levels and so on. However, a good rule of thumb is that it will require approximately 12 months of training with an average attendance of two sessions per week.