Frequently Asked Questions

Here we have summarized the most important points for you.

Monthly Schedule

Where can I find out what is being taught when during the current month?

Here we publish our monthly training schedule at the beginning of each month.


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Fundamentals (Adults)
What is the Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals program at Jiu-Jitsu Academy Zuerich and how is it structured?

Our Fundamentals program is based on the Gracie University combatives. These include 36 techniques, all of which are used both in self-defense and in everyday jiu-jitsu training (and, of course, also in sports Jiu-Jitsu). We have extended the 36 lessons with a few techniques we find relevant for self-defense, and structured them into 23 classes, As a rule, we teach one standing and one ground fighting technique per class.

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Advanced (Adults)

What is the Jiu-Jitsu Advanced program at Jiu-Jitsu Academy Zuerich and how is it structured?

Our advanced program is based on the Gracie University Master Cycle classes. These include a variety of techniques for both self-defense and sports Jiu-Jitsu. Often these are variations of techniques from the Fundamentals or an advanced version thereof. However, some classes also teach entirely new techniques. White belts are allowed to attend our advanced classes, but we recommend to begin only after the first or second stripe on the student's white belt, as the instructors will not cover fundamental principles or answer questions in that regard here.

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Jr. Fundamentals (Kids)

What is the Jiu-Jitsu Jr. Fundamentals program at Jiu-Jitsu Academy Zuerich and how is it structured?

Our Jr. Fundamentals program is based on the Gracie University Jr. Combatives and is designed specifically for children. It comprises 33 techniques and largely corresponds to the Fundamentals for adults in terms of content, but is taught in a child-friendly manner, e.g. with the help of the Gracie Games.

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Academy Rules

What is the Academy doing to make training as safe as possible and to offer everyone a pleasant experience?

Jiu-Jitsu is physically and mentally demanding. Although, as with any physical activity, injuries can never be completely ruled out, we do everything to minimize that risk. We have put together a number of Academy rules that must be followed without exception. Should anyone have questions concerning our rules, all instructors are available to answer them.

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Rules of Engagement for Kids

What are the Rules of Engagement for Jiu-Jitsu for Kids at our Academy?

With great power comes great responsibility. Jiu-Jitsu can give us all the ability to defend ourselves against attackers of all sizes and strength. In order to ensure that these skills are never abused, we also teach appropriate basic rules of conduct that must be observed inside and outside the Academy. This applies to adults as well as to our children.

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Belts

What do the belts stand for, and what are the criteria for promotion? Do I have to beat all lower belts in randori or win tournaments?

The belts stand primarily for technical skills and knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu. We use the rough guidelines of the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jitu-Jitsu Federation) regarding time that should be spent at a certain degree/belt.

 

We also use an attendance check. On one hand, this shows the instructors who is training regularly,  on the other hand, it should also serve as motivation for the Jiu-Jiteiros to monitor their own progress. Within every belt from white to brown there are three so-called "stripes" showing progress, as it may take a few years of training to advance to the next higher belt.

 

The head instructors ultimately decide all promotions. The attendance check is only one aspect, since the most important criteria are the technical skills shown on the mat. You do not have to win tournaments, but you must show your skills in daily randori at the Academy.

 

Since, in addition to technique, size, weight and age also play a role in a direct comparison, it is not a question of dominating every lower belt in sparring. If a fifty-year-old brown belt weighing seventy kilos can defend him- or herself well against a twenty-year-old blue belt weighing a hundred kilos, that is a good indication of a high technical level. "Leave your ego at the door" holds true for us. Click on the question mark above to get the answer directly from the source - Helio Gracie himself. Just turn on the subtitles.

GT&C

Are there general terms and conditions (GT&C) at the Jiu-Jitsu Academy Zuerich?

Yes, the General Terms and Conditions are part of the membership contract and are posted in the Academy. The General Terms and Conditions are also available online or, on request, in paper form.

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Owner: Daniel Lehmann, Limmattalstrasse 342, 8049 Zürich, Switzerland

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