2737 Papin Street

St. Louis, MO 63104

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Phone: 260-BJJ-4-STL

Thanks for taking a look at what we have to offer. We provide a variety of classes for all skill levels. We especially take pride in being very beginner friendly. For example, most beginner classes through the week have multiple coaches on hand. One coach will help the students with limited to no experience while the other coach helps members who have been attending for a while.  There are several positive effects from this process. First, by being in a smaller group, new students get more attention and time with the coach. Second, many students are a little outside of their comfort zone and a little anxious when they try martial arts for the first time. However, by being in a smaller group comprised of other new folks, we have found that people feel at home a lot more quickly and feel less nervous. Once newer members are ready and have a good handle on the basics, the coaches will graduate them to the larger group. This process has also helped people to learn at their appropriate developmental level.  For a description of each type of class, please see the breakdown below.

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Basics

This is the class for those who have limited to no experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (around 0-3 months).  If you are brand new and interested in grappling, this is the best place to start. Attendees will learn the most fundamental principles of BJJ. The curriculum for this course covers important concepts, the main positions of BJJ and what you should be trying to achieve in those positions. Members typically get a workout in this class, but need not worry about it being too physically demanding.  No prerequisite fitness level is required. A uniform is not required while you are checking classes out. However, if you plan to stick with it, you will want to get one eventually. We can help you get the right size when you’re ready, and we allow White, Blue and Black Gi’s.

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals

In this class we cover basic and intermediate level concepts and techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Typically we require 3 months or more of formal BJJ training to attend this course, and a uniform is necessary (White, Blue or Black).  Due to the importance of the basics, you will see all skill levels attending these classes, from beginners to experienced practitioners. 

 

Muay Thai Kickboxing Fundamentals

This class emphasizes the basics of Muay Thai Kickboxing. In addition to learning many different striking combinations, you will also work on footwork, head movement, strike defense as well as techniques from the clinch.  If you are new to striking, this is the best class to start. No uniform is required. Just wear comfortable workout clothes like shorts and a t-shirt. You will not need any equipment to check out this class.  However, if you continue with the program, you will eventually want to get some boxing gloves, shin guards and hand wraps.  We can help you with that as well.

 

Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Our Jiu-Jitsu curriculum is designed to teach to your appropriate skill level. After learning the core concepts and basics in our Fundamentals class, you will eventually be ready to attend our Advanced BJJ program.  We cover similar material to the beginner program, but in this class we provide more details, go further in-depth, and add  more complex drills, positions and techniques.  A Gi is required for this class and we ask that you have a fair amount of experience (close to a blue belt) to get the most out of it.  If you are unsure if you are ready to attend this class, feel free to ask one of the coaches, and we can help determine that.

 

Muay Thai Kickboxing – All Levels

Our All Levels Muay Thai class covers many of the same concepts that are taught in our fundamentals class. However, in addition, we will also challenge the experienced members with more complex concepts, drills and striking combinations that would eventually prepare them to spar or possibly compete if they so choose (never required).  Since we have multiple coaches on hand, all experience levels are welcome in this class, from beginner to advanced practitioner.

 

No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu & Wrestling

In this class we cover many of the same positions and concepts of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. However, the difference is that you do not wear a uniform, so the grips and techniques differ slightly. We also put a lot more emphasis on wrestling in this class. You will learn take-downs, throws, and trips that will enable you to get your partner to the ground where you will be able to utilize the corresponding Jiu-Jitsu techniques you are learning. Most people just wear shorts and a t-shirt for this class, and we encourage you to have at least 3 months of experience in BJJ and/or wrestling before attending.

 

Mixed Martial Arts

In this program, we cover the major areas that are needed for success in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.  We blend many techniques from striking, wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu together to help our students be as well rounded as possible. While most of our MMA students do compete, you can still learn and participate without ever having to get into the cage. However, since you are learning several disciplines in one course and there is more contact, we generally recommend starting with the Muay Thai Kickboxing and/or the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu first if you have no prior experience. If you are unsure if this class is appropriate for your experience level, ask one of our coaches, and we would be happy to help make this determination. Proper sparring equipment is required for this class (i.e. mma hybrid sparring gloves, shin guards, mouthpiece, groin protector).

 

Open Mat

Open Mat is a time where the mat space is available for members to train anything they feel will help them improve. There is no formal instruction, but members often use the time to practice and refine techniques that they haven’t mastered yet. People are free to drill technique, hit pads/heavy bags, and spar or grapple live. This class is probably not the best place to start if you are brand new. Since there isn’t any formal instruction, it will be hard to train without knowing what to work on. However, after receiving instruction during regular class time, open mat is a great way to get extra practice. Once you begin attending open mat, maximize your time by coming in with an idea of what you would like to focus on. This is “training with a purpose,” and it will help you get better faster. When you are ready to attend open mat, here is a template that will help you make the most of your training time. Also be prepared to give and take. If someone helps you drill something you need to work on, be sure to reciprocate and help them drill something they would like to practice. It’s teamwork!

 

Sparring

In this class, both Muay Thai and MMA students put their striking techniques to the test by doing live sparring with their partners.  While there is a great deal of contact, our students know where to draw the line and know how to go live without injuring each other. Full protective gear (gloves, shin pads, mouthpiece, cup, etc.) is required, and students must have some prior experience before sparring.  If you have done some striking in the past and you are not sure if you are ready, be sure to discuss it with our coaches, and we can help decide if you’re ready.

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