Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions? We have answers! Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us and we can help! We love introducing beginners to Jiu Jitsu.

About BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on ground fighting and submission techniques. It emphasizes leverage and technique, allowing a smaller person to defend themselves against a larger opponent.

Yes, BJJ is suitable for kids. It teaches discipline, respect, coordination, and self-defense skills. Additionally, it provides a structured environment for physical activity and promotes mental resilience.

BJJ, like any contact sport, carries some risk of injury. However, with proper training, supervision, and adherence to training protocols, the risk of severe injury is minimal. Our instructors prioritize safety and teach techniques in a controlled environment.

No, BJJ is for people of all ages. Many adults start BJJ later in life and find it to be an enjoyable and rewarding martial art. The principles and techniques can be learned and applied by people of different ages and fitness levels.

No, you don’t need to be physically fit to start BJJ. BJJ training will gradually improve your fitness levels, including strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Beginners are encouraged to start at their own pace and gradually increase intensity.

Absolutely! BJJ is for everyone, including women. It provides effective self-defense techniques and promotes personal growth, confidence, and empowerment. We have an amazing women community and would love for you to join us!

No, prior martial arts experience is not necessary to start BJJ. SSA is known for its welcoming and supportive community, and our instructors are experienced in teaching beginners. Everyone starts as a beginner and progresses at their own pace.

Yes, BJJ can help with weight loss and fitness goals. BJJ training is physically demanding, incorporating cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility. Consistent training and a healthy lifestyle can lead to weight loss and improved fitness.

Yes, BJJ is highly effective for self-defense. It teaches techniques that allow individuals to neutralize and control opponents, especially on the ground. BJJ focuses on leverage and technique rather than relying on strength or size.

About Southern Soul Academy

Please fill out our contact form and we will reach out to you. You are also welcome to stop by the academy during a class time and jump right in!

We have a great blog post on that here: First Day in Jiu Jitsu! Check it out. Basically, you can expect a hard workout with some individualized attention to make sure you are doing the moves correctly and safely.

Yes! We have a great trial program to get you started. Check that out here: Reserve Your First Class!

Our classes begin at age 5.