We are always happy to answer your questions, but for your convenience, we've compiled a list of common questions and answers here.
Q: Do you offer a free trial class?
A: Yes, see our Free Trials & Drop-Ins page for details.
Q: How do I set up my free trial class?
A: You are welcome to attend any class that is convenient for you. No appointment is necessary, but we do recommend that you contact us ahead of time to let us know that you're coming.
Q: Do I need to get in shape before I start training?
A: Everyone starts somewhere. Come as you are, and let us help you get in the best shape of your life.
Q: When do I need to buy a gi?
A: We will supply a loaner gi for your free trial class. If you decide to sign up, we will sell you a white gi at a discounted price for new members.
Q: Why can't I buy a different colored gi with my membership?
A: We offer only white gis to brand new members because Relson requires students to wear white during his seminars. If you wish to buy a second gi in a different color, you are welcome to do so.
Q: What clothing should I wear for gi class?
A: It is recommended that you wear shorts or spats (leggings) and a rash guard underneath a clean gi. Please remove any hair product or makeup prior to training.
Q: What clothing should I wear for no-gi class?
A: The recommended attire for no-gi class consists of shorts or spats (leggings) and a rash guard. Most of our students wear looser-fitting shorts over compression shorts/spats. Please ensure that your clothing does not have zippers or anything else that could scratch the mats or your training partner. As with gi class, please remove any hair product or makeup prior to training.
Q: Do I need boxing or MMA gloves?
A: On Fridays, we often incorporate striking into our training. We have gloves and pads that you can borrow, but if you plan on attending these classes regularly, we will encourage you to purchase your own gloves.
Q: Does Relson teach classes?
A: Relson Gracie and Phil Cardella both offer seminars periodically.
Q: Can I pay class-by-class instead of purchasing a monthly membership?
A: Drop-ins are allowed for out-of-state visitors only. We want our students to commit to being part of the team by purchasing a monthly membership and training with us regularly.
Q: Are there showers at the academy?
A: Unfortunately we do not have showers, but we do have multiple bathrooms in which you can change.