Welcome to Fierce Studio Jiu Jitsu Academy. We have provided a detailed list of the most frequently asked questions about Fierce Studio. Please take the time to read them below to get an idea of what steps to take next.
Before we start, take our quiz to see if we are a right fit.
Do you consider yourself a "bit too old" to start Jiu Jitsu? Are you perhaps out of shape or have nagging injuries? Are your afraid of getting thrown into some sort of fight club and getting injured? Are you looking for are a gym that is clean, professional and established? Do you want a Jiu Jitsu school that has black belts teaching? Are you interested in getting in shape? Are you looking for legitimate instruction in self defense by certified and experience law enforcement professionals and martial artists? Are you looking for a school that has a curriculum? Want to perhaps compete?
If you answered YES to any of these, then we want you to be part of academy. Read on...
NOTE: COVID19 HAS REQUIRED US TO CHANGE SOME OF OUR PROTOCOLS AROUND TRAINING. AT THIS TIME WE ARE NOT DOING DROP IN CLASSES BUT NEW MEMBER PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS HERE.
Why pick Fierce Studio?
Fierce Studio has multiple black belts instructing both our Brazilian and Japanese Jiu Jitsu programs. We offer is an established (circa 2003) and professional school that offers structured and authentic Jiu Jitsu classes. We specialize in the art and focus on technique and science behind it.
You don't need to be a super athlete or hyper competitive person to join our academy. Our focus is self defense, a kids program that actually teaches the art form, a competition team for those interested and a training environment that is clean, responsible, certified, and professional.
Clients pick us because we offer classes 6 days a week with multiple time slots. We offer an ego free and technical environment to learn in.
Can I try out a class to see what it is like?
Of course! We encourage you to get a feel of our space. We offer a free introductory class of your choice. We also have an amazing trial packages for who are new to Fierce! Check out our prices in our price section.
I am a bit nervous as I have no experience in Jiu Jitsu. Do you have beginners classes?
We understand that some people have some trepidation when it comes to trying Jiu Jitsu for the first time but don’t worry, we will take good care of you. There is no need for any prior experience before jumping in. We have specific BEGINNER CLASSES! Just arrive 15 minutes before a scheduled class so we can get some information from you and show you around. That’s it!
What classes should I attend first?
If you are new to Jiu Jitsu or martial arts, we strong suggest attending Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday night classes at Fierce. These are our beginner class days (for both JJJ and BJJ). Thursday, Friday and Saturday have more advanced concepts which could confuse a beginner. So, when you book your first class, come during the first 3 days of the week.
What do I wear to class?
If you are trying out class for the first time, just wear some athletic wear (track pants and a tee shirt). Once you've decided to join us in the the amazing art of Jiu Jitsu, you will be required to have a training uniform (a Gi: pronounced "gee"). Because of the nature of the art, with the tugging, gripping and throwing, normal tee shirts and such won't hold up. Gis can be purchased online at (if you sign up with us, we offer a 15% discount) or (www.fightersmarket.com) stores. Make sure you ask one of our teachers or experienced students what the best size is to order or loook at the sizing chart that these sites provide.
How much does it cost for classes and are you insured?
Please see our rate tab at the top on the menu for our prices. We are a fully insured academy that takes pride in professionalism.
Can I join at anytime?
Yes. If you’d like to check out a class, please check our schedule page for a time that best suits you. Please come 15 mins before you first class so we can get you acquainted with our space.
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
BJJ, as it is commonly referred to, is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to the Gracie Family by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Fierce Studio is proud to be under the direct teachings of Keith Owen, who is a black belt under Professor Pedro Sauer, who in turn trained and learned directly from the founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Helio Gracie.
Our style of BJJ has a heavy emphasis on being technical and we offer more classes than any other gym on Vancouver Island. We have a strong team of over 100 students dedicated to our vision. If you are a beginner or an experienced BJJer, come down and enjoy what we have to offer.
What is Japanese Jujutsu?
Sometimes called JJJ, there are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Jujutsu schools (ryū) may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking, and kicking). In addition to jujutsu, many schools teach the use of weapons and weapon defenses. While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is about 80% ground fighting, JJJ is about 80% stand up.
The system of Japanese Jujutsu has a strong emphasis on severity of technique, pain and realistic approach to self defense. Many police and military forces use JJJ techniques in there combat training. Fierce Studio teachers a modern style of JJJ called Goshin with a strong foundation in Classical Daito Ryu Jujutsu. We are under the direction of 8th Degree Black Black Steve Hiscoe of the Canadian Jujitsu Union. We are focused on reality based combative techniques. Our goal is to provide our students the right tools for the right job and make sure they have the knowledge for maximum effectiveness in ‘real life’ situations.
Are there belts in Jiu Jitsu?
Yes. The ranking system in our Japanese Jujutsu uses a coloured belt system: white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, and black. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu system uses: white, green, blue, purple, brown and black.
How many classes should I attend a week?
We understand that everyone has different schedules and stuff going on in their lives but if you truly are dedicated to seeing growth, we suggest a minimum of 2 classes per week. The more you attend, the faster you'll learn. But trust us, it becomes a great addiction and many of our students do multiple days or classes per day.
You get out what you put in...just like anything in life.
I want to compete, can I?
Yes. We have a winning competition team and we will sharpen your skills for gi and nogi competitions. We have local, provincial, national and world champions (IBJJF WORLDS) training at Fierce studio.
I am over 40 or out of shape. Is this stuff for me?
We could literally give you pages of testimonials from our students alone speaking to this question. The short answer is YES. Jiu Jitsu is is absolutely wonderful for those over 40 and an art form designed to be done into your 80s.We have a safe environment and pride ourselves on teaching regular people and turning them into extra ordinary martial artists. We specialize in teaching the older grappler.
What is Nogi Grappling?
Nogi grappling means submission grappling without a GI. We use rash guards and GI pants for our nogi classes.
What kind of shape do I have to be in? Minimum Physical requirements for Jiu Jitsu?.
Jiu Jitsu is a contact sport/art. While almost anyone can do jiu jitsu and the art can be modified to fit your body type, major injuries, chronic conditions (heart problems or such) could prevent you from participating. Please let the instructors know of any injuries or medical conditions that you might have before class so we can assess you particular situation.
Do you accept anyone?
No. We reserve the right to make sure each student fits within our academy. We interview each new student and check to make sure we are a right for one another. We will not train someone to become a better bully, street fighter or criminal. Students must act in a kind and responsible way to train with us. Those persons who are mentally unstable or pose a risk to the existing student base will not be allowed to join. We are not looking to add every single person who walks through our door either. Quality is better that quantity and our training method makes that very clear.
Our student base consists of police officers, military personnel, students, professionals, and parents! **We reserve the right to refuse clients or participants.**
Are you police friendly?
We are a police friendly academy and support law enforcement. Our instructors have very close ties with the police community and as such, have guidelines that must be followed to be a member of our school. We pride ourselves that our academy caters to professionals, students and families.We do not accept those engaged in criminal activities or have a history of negative interactions with our community.
Are you affiliated with any groups or organizations?
Yes, as an active member and in good standing, with the Canadian Jiu Jitsu Union, and Team RHINO BJJ (Keith Owen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Assoc), and Invictus Leo Jiu Jitsu Collective. We adhere to the policies and procedures of each of those organizations. If you have any questions or further inquiries, please contact us.
How do I get started?
Give us a call (250-590-5065) or drop us an email. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Come on by and observe a class or jump on the mat with us. After that, if everything works out, become a part of the team!