Frequently Asked Questions


We know you have questions, here are some answers!

Q: I'm interested in the Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Austin Academy whats the next step?

Register online or call our offices and schedule a FREE class. You can also show up, right now classes are start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday's and Thursdays.

Q: What should I do to start training?

Show up at the start of any class that fits your schedule and interest in regular work out attire, be on time. Here is a map call us if you are lost. 512-918-8921.

Q: What if I am a complete beginner with no experience or prior training at all?

Great, that means you have formed no bad habits yet & we have a clean slate to work with. It also means at every class you could walk in train & enjoy a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Basics Class covering the most essential fundamentals in our system. Our academy is open to new students training in every structured class and all of us had a first class at some point as well & look forward to yours.

Q: What if I have trained before at other places or in other styles?

No problem, we have many Martial Artists and grapplers with various backgrounds in our facility. You will probably run across people that have done some training in something similar as you and can relate to your previous training as well. We also have many life long Martial Artists in the facility. Share a SHORT run down of your previous training with the Academy Staff when you arrive for your first training session, this will make your training more enjoyable & relevant.

Q: Do I need a uniform or should I bring my last one for training?

We don't require students to own a uniform their first week in the facility. We even have some loaner uniforms in the academy. Eventually if you are going to be training you will need some basic gear for protection and training. We will guide you to the essentials, which we usually have on site at our facility. It is in no way disrespectful if you have some previous gear that would work for training in. We try to save you money or can get you the gear that sparks your interest the most at our facility.

Q: What if I want to come in but am out of shape?

Eat a healthy light meal several hours before, drink water & show up. Nothing will prepare you for the way we Instruct and train you, so in order to start forward progression just come in and take your first class, everything else will fall into place.

Q: What if I just want to use this as a way to work out and for stress relief?

You will meet your goals and more. Our facility caters to both the leisure enthusiast and the professional athlete alike. You will be among many that have the absolute same interest & ambitions as you.

Q: Am I too old?

Probably not, we have many people older than dirt in our facility training away each week. You will have to take things at a logical pace. Use the likes of Helio Gracie, Carlos Gracie, Megaton Diaz as a inspiration and motivation over the next up and coming star in the U.F.C.

Q: What if I have physical limitations can I still train?

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Q: Is your facility safe?

At our academy we are very controlled & have no interest in hurting our training partners or new students. Although we have many very seasoned and accomplished competitors and athletes at our facility training each day it is not a "tough guy convention". We use the motto, " train today so you can train tomorrow" in our facility. That means, use control when drilling and sparring, don't injure yourself or your training partners. We are here for the long haul, if we go breaking ourselves or the people we train with we can't train anymore. We don't train with anger or an ego. We are a large structured group of humble helpful people that help each other meet our personal & training goals.

Q: How often can I come in?

Right now, our academy is currently opened Tuesday's and Thursday's for Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. We also have wrestling classes on Monday's and Wednesday's. Typically, most students come 2 classes per week.  

Q: Why should I train here over another Academy or gym?

Most facilities have one Black Belt Instructor. We have three that are of different shape size, age & training background. This alone is a rare find. We also have Blue, Purple, & Brown Belts that have beaten other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts in competition, locally & Internationally that is an amazing testament of the Instruction and training going on at the facility. Our facility is top notch including a shower dressing rooms and lots of equipment. We keep the place extremely clean.

Q: How do I sign up?

Have a full free class, after that we will discuss our programs and pricing. You can sign up month to month and experience a very large discount and sign up for a set length of time.

Q: What if I want to have the whole family and or a friend sign up?

Great let us know & we will work out the best arrangements possible for you. This is a great thing to do with people you have involved in your life or care about.

Q: What if I only want to training for a little while?

Some training is much better than no training. in the first several months of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu the learning curve is the greatest. The foundation of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the first thing taught. For self defense you really just need the basics of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. So even if you trained in our system for six months or so we are sure you will be much better of than investing your efforts anywhere else hands down. Its the real deal and what you need.

Q: What ages do you train?

Currently we are only training students 13 years of age and up. Once the program is built, we will add more classes for children.

Q: Do women train?

Yes, we have many women that train in our facility of different ages, experience levels & size. This is very important to potential competitors! to have fellow ladies to train for competition with and drill moves with. Women train in regular class & prescheduled women's training sessions.

Q: What are a couple quick tips for my first couple classes?

Eat your Wheaties that day! Arrive in good hygiene, don't make a contest of your first class, that never works out well. Don't bite your lip or tongue when concentrating in class or focused during training. Be hydrated, never come in after any drinking. relax, think and have fun with class. Remember repetition in technique will give you muscle memory, use a good work ethic in class.


Failure is not ...

"Failure is not, not reaching your goal, but having no goal to reach."

Benjamin Mays 

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