Brazilian Jiu Jitsu FAQs

If you are trying our class for the first time you should wear comfortable athletic clothing (t-shirt or compression shirt, shorts or board shorts). Females – you will feel more comfortable with a top that is not low cut, plus a sports bra, and long board shorts or sweat pants. Most people wear sandals as we do not allow shoes on the mat. Also bring water.

However, when you sign up for Altus BJJ you will need a traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi. You can purchase a Gi at the front desk.

Gis should be black, white or blue for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A complete uniform includes a belt; all new members start at white. Make sure to check if your gi includes a belt, you may have to order it separately. Also, check each brand’s size chart because every brand has a different cut. We do require all team members to wear our team patch on their Gi which can be purchased at the front desk or with an instructor.

The fundamentals in Jiu-Jitsu are about the basics and having a strong base, while mastering them can take a lifetime to achieve we feel better knowing you learned from our instructors, the right way, from the beginning.


BJJ is a full contact sport, a mouth guard is recommended.


The first part of the class consists of a warm-up which includes stretching, core, cardio and drills. After the warm-up, the instructor will show the technique of the day. The last part of class is the “rolling”, which is the is the equivalent to sparring. The instructor will typically pair you up with someone who is more experienced so they can work with you and guide you through the class.


BJJ is an excellent choice for women. In terms of self-defense, BJJ is perfect from a female perspective, as it deals with the unfortunately common self-defense situations: BJJ features a lot of attacks and defenses when you are on the ground. It is also a martial art which was designed for a smaller person to overcome a larger one, which again has clear applications for women’s self-defense.

Yes. Our student range from 15-40+ and are men and women of all different shapes, sizes, and levels. You will see that finding someone to train with is comparable is shape, size, and age is not hard at all.
No. As you participate in class, you will develop cardio and specific endurance through the regular training. Weight loss, muscle development, coordination and overall better physical fitness are just SOME of the rewards that come from training Jiu-Jitsu. Also, you are welcome to pace yourself throughout the class. We always want you to try your hardest, but we understand that, if you reach your limit, you must sit out at certain times.
Cross training in Jiu Jitsu is extremely important. If you would like to come cross train with us, please have the blessing of your current instructor before coming to our gym to train. The mat fee is $20 for non-team members, but free on Open Mat day as long as you do not have an outstanding balance at the gym you currently attend.
Yes. Many students choose to schedule a private lesson to work on a personalized strength training plan or specific Jiu Jitsu skills. Your instructor can provide you further details based on your needs.
Altus BJJ is located right off of 684 in Brewster, New York and is 15 minutes away from Brewster, Carmel, Patterson, Pawling, Yorktown, Mt.Kisco, Katonah, Mahopac, Somers, Kent, Southeast, New Fairfield, Danbury, New Milford, Brookfield and, Bethel.
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