FAQs

Question: Why Downriver BJJ over another school?

Answer:  Our classes are taught by the highest ranking black belt in the area.  We boast the best competition team in the Downriver area.  Our kids and adult teams compete and medal not only locally but also nationally at well recognized Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments.  We strive to build strong connections with our students and hope to bring a friendly positive learning environment conducive to developing an honorable and humble lifestyle and a strong sense of community and belonging. See https://downriverbjj.com/about-us/ for more on Professor Brent’s teaching experience and qualifications.

Question: Is Downriver BJJ qualified to teach?

Answer:  Professor Brent Insco holds a black belt card issued by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and received a second stripe on his black belt April 11, 2019.  Before his career change, Brent was an elementary school teacher and he now uses his prior teaching experience to design and develop a curriculum for his academy.

Question:  Who is the IBJJF?

Answer: The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) hosts several of the biggest Brazilian (BJJ) tournaments in the world, including the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Nogi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship and European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship. The federation was created by Carlos Gracie, Jr., who is the head of one of the largest Brazilian jiu-jitsu associations, Gracie Barra in the world.  If you are anything in the world of Jiu Jitsu, you will be recognized by the IBJJF.

Question: Why learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?

Answer: Brazilian Jiu/Ju Jitsu has proven itself to be one of the most effective martial arts for self defense.  BJJ uses techniques that allow a smaller opponent to subdue a larger opponent.  It is perfect for self defense, women’s self defense, kids bully-proofing.  It is one of the only martial arts where “pulling punches” is not necessary.  The actual movement can be completed in it’s entirety allowing the student to know exactly what a finishing move “feels” like.

Question: Do I need to know anything before I start?

Answer: No, we have a motto “leave your ego at the door”.  Professor Brent has been teaching martial arts for most of his life.  He has designed a curriculum that will allow the most novice of newbies to feel comfortable while learning the foundation of BJJ.

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