FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be in shape before joining classes?


NO. OUR PROGRAM WELCOMES ALL AGES, AND SKILL LEVELS. AS A RESULT OF GETTING STARTED, YOU WILL SEE AN OVERALL INCREASE IN ENERGY LEVELS, AND OVERALL AWARENESS WITHIN THE FIRST 6 WEEKS. PHYSICAL FITNESS IS NOT A PRE-REQUISITE TO GET STARTED AT BOWERHOUSE MMA. GETTING IN SHAPE IS A NATURAL OUTCOME OF BJJ, BOXING, KICKBOXING, JUDO, AND WRESTLING. THERE IS NO NEED TO JOIN A FITNESS CENTER TO GET INTO SHASPE TO JOIN BOWERHOUSE MMA.




Is your gym for fighters only?


NO. IN FACT THE MAJORITY OF OUR MEMBERS ARE MADE UP OF KIDS, TEENS, AND ADULTS WHO TRAIN IN OUR PROGRAMS. WE ALSO OFFER BEGINNER PROGRAMS TO HELP THE FIRST TIMERS EASE INTO OUR PROGRAMS.




What age do you start training kids?


OUR KIDS PROGRAMS START AT AGE 5.




What can I expect during my first visit?


WE SUGGEST ARRIVING 5-10 MINUTES EARLY. CHECK IN WITH THE FRONT DESK. WE WILL GET YOU ANY APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT YOU MAY NEED TO BORROW (GI, GLOVES, SHIN GUARDS ETC.) THEN WE WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR, AND GET YOU TO YOUR CLASS AREA.




I'm interested in private lessons. How do those work?


PRIVATE LESSONS ARE A GREAT WAY TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR TRAINING. YOU CAN SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH THE TRAINER TO DISCUSS RATES AND AVAILABILITY. A GENERAL GUIDELINE FOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION WILL RANGE FROM $50-100 PER LESSON. THIS WILL DEPEND ON THE INSTRUCTOR, AVAILABILITY, AND LENGTH OF COMMITMENT.




What's the difference between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing?


BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU IS A FORM OF GROUND FIGHTING, USING GRAPPLING TECHNIQUES, NO STRIKING, AND IS GENERALLY PRACTICED ON PADDED MATS. KICKBOXING IS A STRIKING BASED ART THAT USES VERY LITTLE TO NO GRAPPLING, AND IS DONE STANDING UPRIGHT ON YOUR FEET.




Am I too old to learn combat sports?


ABSOLUTELY NOT. ITS NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN. WE HAVE MANY MEMBERS THAT ARE OVER THE AGE OF 40.




What equipment do I need for BJJ?


FOR GI BJJ, YOU WILL NEED A GI, OR TRADITIONAL KIMONO. HOWEVER, DONT WORRY, WE HAVE GI'S THAT YOU CAN BORROW FOR YOUR FREE TRIAL. IF YOU DECIDE TO JOIN, YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN. WE SELL GI'S AT BOWERHOUSE. FOR NO GI BJJ, YOU WILL NEED SHORTS & T-SHIRT.




What equipment do I need for boxing and kickboxing?


YOU WILL NEED GLOVES, SHIN GUARDS, AND HAND WRAPS FOR KICKBOXING, AND GLOVES, AND HANDWRAPS FOR BOXING. HOWEVER, WE HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WOULD NEED TO BORROW FOR YOUR FREE TRIAL AT BOWERHOUSE MMA. SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO JOIN, YOU CAN PURCHASE THOSE ITEMS AT BOWERHOUSE MMA. ALL CLASSES CAN BE ATTENDED IN SHORTS & T-SHIRT. NO SHOES OR SOCKS ON THE MATS.




What's the difference between Boxing for Fitness and Ameteur Boxing?


BOXING FITNESS IS A BOXING INSPIRED FITNESS WORKOUT THAT HAS YOU TRAINING LIKE A REAL BOXER, BUT WITHOUT THE CONTACT. THERE IS NO PARTNER. JUST YOU, AND THE HEAVY BAG. AMATEUR BOXING HAS YOU LEARNING THE BASIC FOOT WORK, COMBINATIONS, AND DEFENSES WHILE ADDING IN CONTACT WITH A PARTNER.




How do your BJJ promotions work?


WE FOLLOW BY THE GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE INTERNATIONAL BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU FEDERATION. BELT PROMOTIONS OCCUR BI-ANNUALLY. STUDENTS ALSO EARN STRIPES IN BETWEEN PROMOTIONS FOR ATTENDANCE, AND KNOWLEDGE OBTAINED THROUGH OUR CURRICULUM BASED SYSTEM.





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