BJJ For Adults: What is the structure of an Adult class?

Typically our class structure is based on:

  • Warm-Up (5-10 minutes): Classes usually start with a warm-up to prepare the body for training. Warm-ups may include mobility exercises, stretching, bodyweight exercises, and agility drills.
  • Technique Instruction (10-15 minutes):
    • Fundamental Techniques: In beginner classes, instructors often focus on self defense techniques. Mobility exercises, takedowns such as basic positions, escapes and how to control your opponent.
    • Advanced Techniques: In more advanced classes, instructors may teach more complex techniques, advanced guard passes, sweeps, and submissions.
  • Drilling (10-20 minutes): After demonstrating the techniques, students partner up to practice them. Drilling allows students to refine their movements, develop muscle memory, and gain a better understanding of the techniques.
  • Positional Training (10-20 minutes): This part of the class focuses on specific positions or scenarios. For example, students may start in a certain position and practice escaping or submitting from there. Positional training helps students apply what they’ve learned in a more dynamic and realistic setting.
  • Live Sparring (Rolling) (15-20 minutes): After you complete your Fundamental program, our students will be invited to our live sparring, often referred to as “rolling.” During this phase, students practice against resisting opponents, applying the techniques they’ve learned in a controlled, safe manner. The duration of sparring may vary depending on the class and students’ experience levels.
  • Cool-Down (5-10 minutes): After sparring, it’s common to have a cool-down period that includes light stretching and breathing exercises to help the body recover.
  • Question and Answer (Q&A) (Optional): Some instructors may have a Q&A session at the end of the class, allowing students to ask questions about the techniques or concepts they’ve covered.

In some classes, there may be a stronger emphasis on self-defense techniques, sport-specific techniques, or competition training, depending on the goals of the class and the students’ needs.

BJJ For Adults: It’s essential for BJJ instructors to respect our curriculum to the experience levels of the students, ensuring that beginners receive the fundamental instruction they need, while more advanced practitioners continue to challenge themselves and refine their skills.