FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

WHAT IS BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ)?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling martial art that utilizes technique and leverage to impose holds and joint locks while on the ground, allowing a person to defend him or herself effectively against a stronger and larger opponent. While many hand-to-hand martial arts rely on strikes using speed and power, Brazilian jiu-jitsu takes a different approach: speed and power are not a requirement and are oftentimes not necessary. BJJ emphasizes closing the distance between you and your opponent and taking him or her to the ground where technique and leverage can be used to apply submissions or strike more efficiently.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU AND TRAINING AT THE TINGUINHA BJJ ACADEMY?
BJJ is a highly effective form of self-defense that promotes a healthy lifestyle through numerous benefits, including exercise, flexibility, self-confidence, discipline, and structure. Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will help you get in shape, gain confidence, and release stress, The Tinguinha BJJ academy offers a very detailed, world class martial arts instruction,in a safe, friendly, and family-style environment that many of our students consider their second home.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The Tinguinha BJJ academy offer an educational and fun program of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You will learn a complete and effective self-defense method. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is easy and anyone can learn. Our classes are designed with a system easy and quick to learn. Where each student has an individual and personalized attention.

I'M NEW TO BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU. HOW SHOULD I BEGIN MY TRAINING?
We think that one of the best ways to get acquainted with the school and what jiu-jitsu is based on is to take advantage of our Intro class. The Private intro class is a FREE orientational class , done one on one. The class will give you a chance to visit our facility and see which of our programs would fit you better.

DO I NEED TO BE IN SHAPE TO START TRAINING BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU?
We are proud to cater to all fitness levels here at The Tinguinha BJJ Academy and have many students who had NO martial arts or fitness experience prior to joining the academy. The Tinguinha BJJ Academy staff will ensure a progressive and gradual plan to help you acclimate to our programs while achieving your fitness goals.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO START TAKING CLASSES?
We have students of all ages, each with different goals in mind. Our classes and programs are designed to provide results at any age and are enjoyed by both younger and older students.

WILL I BE EXPECTED TO COMPETE?
Here at The Tinguinha BJJ Academy,competition is encouraged for those who wish to do so but it is certainly NOT a requirement.

DO YOU OFFER BEGINNER LEVEL CLASSES?
Yes. We have the beginners classes in our program and that class is designed for students with no experience through up to one year of experience. These classes will teach you all the BJJ basics necessary together with self defense techniques to build a solid base and grow in a healthy and productive manner.


I WANT TO LOOSE WEIGHT, CAN THE TINGUINHA BJJ SCHOOL AND TBJJ PROGRAMS HELP ME?
Absolutely. Both our BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU and Muay Thai- Kickboxing classes offer a fantastic workout that you cannot achieve through your typical gym routines. The Tinguinha BJJ Academy's classes will assist, develop and challenge your physical abilities. We have had many students who have combined healthy eating with our jiu-jitsu and/or kickboxing programs and went on to loose great amounts of weight.

I DON'T HAVE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT TO TAKE MY FIRST CLASS. CAN I BUY THE PROPER EQUIPMENT AT THE TBJJ SCHOOL?
Yes, we have all the equipment that you may need for the classes for sale at the school. If we do not have what you need we will assist you in finding and ordering it.

DO YOU OFFER STRIKING OR KICKBOXING CLASSES?
Yes. We teach a traditional style of kickboxing called Muay Thai. This particular art is a great complement to BJJ and is another major component of mixed martial arts today. In addition, it is a fantastic workout and a great way to keep in shape. The classes are very detailed oriented and students of all levels are welcome to join.

Kids Jiu-Jitsu:

How old does my child have to be to start training?
We recommend that children start at 4 years old. However, since no two kids are the same, and there can be significant differences in coordination and maturity, we are willing to evaluate children younger than 4.

What is the difference between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other forms of martial arts for kids?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enables practitioners to subdue their opponents without the use of punching and kicking, eliminating the need to use excessive force in a real-life self-defense situation. BJJ is a martial art that uses grappling techniques and is ideal for diffusing school fights. Nobody has to get hurt with Jiu-Jitsu. The idea of "tapping out" during training allows the students to keep their training realistic, yet safe.

My child is already very energetic. I’m afraid martial arts training will encourage aggression, is this true?
Not at all! In fact, martial arts provide an outlet for children in which to channel aggression and excess energy. Our children’s programs focus on developing behavioral and attitudinal aspects inherent with martial arts such as respect, confidence, discipline and control. Through providing a fun and safe atmosphere for kids, we can foster a healthy environment in which they can learn and develop not only self-defense skills, but life skills as well.

Are there ever any tournaments in the area where my kids can compete in? Absolutely! Even though competing is not a must, we indeed encourage children to do so, as it will help them develop focus and hard work.

Teaching kids is not easy – what qualifications do your instructors have to teach my child?
Teaching kids is definitely not easy! But it is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. All of our instructors have been certified to teach through Professor "Tinguinha". Through our Instructor Development Program, we essentially teach our instructors how to teach in order to ensure your child receives the highest quality Instruction.

Is the curriculum safe for my child?
The curriculum is very safe for your child. The attention to safety and the student’s well being always comes first. Martial arts training is a sport, just like baseball, soccer, football or basketball. Injuries will occur. Collisions will happen. Proper martial arts training includes contact. If it doesn’t, how can it possibly be called self-defense? We use the proper safety equipment, instructor supervision and rules in order to be sure your child is as safe as possible while learning a very real and practical self-defense system.

Kickboxing/ Muay Thai:

I haven’t really exercised in a long time. Is kick boxing too intense for me to start with?
One of the great things about Muay Thai (if your doctor gives you the ok to start a regular exercise program) is that you start off at your own pace, gradually increasing the level of intensity as you get more fit.

Can I loose weight with the Cardio Kick boxing program?
Yes. Muscle and Fitness Magazine has rated Cardio Kick boxing as the top fat burning workout at an average of 1000 calories per hour.

Is there any contact in your Muay Thai classes?
Yes, there is contact in our regular Muay Thai classes. You learn all the basic skills and get in the best shape of your life, but you don't have to participate in any sparring activity unless you choose to, just for fun.

Am I too old to start kickboxing?
No. We have students from a wide range of ages doing our Kickboxing/Muay thai Program. If you are able to play a recreational sport, participate in a fitness class, go for a jog or a swim then you should be fine to start up kickboxing. Our free trial class will help you feel comfortable and will give you a chance to gage this for yourself. You’re only as old as you feel, give yourself a chance to feel as young as you can.

I’m not in the best shape. Can I still take a Kick boxing Class?
Of course! Our classes are designed so that beginners can set their own individual pace, and progressively increase their own level of intensity. Our Instructors are there to guide and motivate you, but ultimately, the intensity level of your workout is in your hands.

How long does it take to get results with Cardio Kick boxing?
Results are almost immediate depending on the frequency, intensity, and duration of your workouts. Within the first week you can look for an increase in energy level, the next week for a change in the way your clothes fit, and by the third week you may notice a difference on the scale. Results may vary.

Is Kickboxing/Muay Thai good for self-defense?
Yes! Because, Kickboxing/Muay Thai stresses basics, power and speed, they are highly effective for self-defense. Muay Thai is often called the art of eight weapons. Thai Kick boxers utilize feet, hands, knees and elbows! In our training we strike bags, mitts, Thai pads, and work with partners. This assures that the training is relevant to real life and is practical.

Will there be other beginners there beside me?
Yes, about 90% of our new members have never trained before, and they were nervous too. Once you try it you'll be hooked!

If you have any question that may not have been answered in our FAQ section please feel free to contact us so we can assist you with any questions you may have.

 

Call us for a FREE Private Introductory Class- (714)694-0103

TINGUINHA BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU SCHOOL
22349 La Palma Ave. # 118
Anaheim, CA 92887
Ph: 714-694-0103
E-mail: tinguinha@tinguinha.com