I’ve wanted to do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai since I got out of the military 10 years ago, but never got around to it. I was worried about starting in my mid 30s because of the age and experience differences I would encounter having never done martial arts before. I finally signed up in September of 2016.
My concerns were unwarranted. The coaches are great and make learning fun and stress free. They never hesitate to answer your questions or demonstrate a technique again when you didn’t quite get it. There are students of varying ages and experience there as well. They have all been very welcoming and friendly, providing encouragement and help when drilling techniques or rolling.
Fairfax Jiu Jitsu has become my home away from home and I find when I’m away on business I can’t wait to get back to train! If you’re interested in learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Muay Thai, I highly recommend signing up for their free trial. I hope to see you out on the mat!
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They have such a calming and peaceful atmosphere. Her classes have really helped with my flexibility, balance, breathing, and focus, which really compliment everything we do at FJJ.
Saba’s classes were really my first venture into yoga and she made learning it an easy and positive experience. I highly recommend everyone check it out if you haven’t yet. You might be surprised how much you enjoy it!
I was originally referred to FJJ by a friend and quickly understood why. The excellent instructors/owners have created a top flight academy with a positive and constructive atmosphere. From the very first day, despite a large group with deep experience levels, I never felt like an outsider. On the contrary, I immediately felt like “one of the students”.
Since then, my BJJ game has grown consistently each week. Most importantly, I have found a training family: a group of people who are constantly driving each other to get better.
In Northern VA, its very easy to find a school that misses the point. Martial arts, in their basest and purest forms, are about caring for and protecting others. It’s refreshing to find a school that finally gets it right. The instruction and knowledge are incredible, yet that only scratches the surface. There is a sense of community and camaraderie at FJJ that cannot be put into words. You have to come by and feel it for yourself. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now:
FJJ is HOME & TEAM FJJ is FAMILY.
I have been an athlete all of my life playing just about every sport involving some sort of ball, but in terms of martial arts, I am a newbie.
This gym was my second (and probably final) attempt at getting into Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I had previously taken a handful of introductory lessons at another gym in the area, but my experience was not great. When you are an absolute beginner, the social anxiety of drilling with strangers who are also much more experienced than you can be daunting. While I felt like an outsider at my first gym, Fairfax Jiu Jitsu has always been a friendly and welcoming environment.
Coaches Mark Jones and Sam Kim are both extremely friendly, charismatic, and knowledgeable. They really make the experience fun, while emphasizing growth and determination. Jiu-jitsu can be stressful, but it’s easier to push through frustration and difficulty when you feel part of a team. The colored belts are also very friendly and helpful. There are students of just about every age, gender, and ethnicity. If you’re a competitive person, students from FJJ perform very well in tournaments and the Coaches take a very structured approach to preparing students for them.
In terms of the facility, it is much larger than other gyms I have visited. This allows for a large number of students to train at the same time. There is always someone to drill/spar with, allowing you to really dive deeply into jiu-jitsu if that is your desire. They have a weight room, multiple large mats, and striking areas as well. Everything is well maintained and hygienic. In addition to jiu-jitsu they also offer Muay Thai, and Capoeira classes. Additionally, I believe they are moving to an even larger/improved facility in the near future.
I highly recommend jiu-jitsu to anyone. The benefits are far greater than simply learning how to defense yourself. While that is reason enough for many people to start, the personal growth opportunities, both physical and mental cannot be understated. There are social benefits as well. As a 30 year old who works full time in an office setting, it becomes increasingly difficult to make new friends. Jiu-jitsu is the perfect way to expand your social circle, while improving yourself in every way. If you struggle with depression, there is no better cure than jiu-jitsu. Intense cardio leading to increased dopamine production, novelty through learning new techniques on a continuous basis, and a sense of community.
If you’re a friendly person, I highly recommend Fairfax Jiu-jitsu as a great place to start.
I have been training at FJJ for 7 months, starting with the Striking Elements training. This is a truly outstanding community of coaches and students. They have created a culture of hard work and mutual support. They ask you to train with “no excuses, no shortcuts” which is a great daily reminder to not explain away a shortcoming but to keep doing the work of learning, practicing, and improving. Everyone is encouraged, and is given the tools needed to achieve their best. Can’t say enough about the coaches: they are accomplished martial artists and friendly, effective teachers of their art.
Fairfax Jiu Jitsu has been a home for me since April 30, 2014. I walked in with hardly any martial arts experience and didn’t have any expectations other than getting a good workout. I tried a free BJJ class and the rest is history. Not only did I get a good workout, but all the students and instructors were very welcoming and very helpful. FJJ has become family to me. This is a school that you can trust to have your back and have your best interests in mind when it comes to your training and your own personal development. The culture here is very welcoming to any student whether they are a beginner or an expert because of their superior technical instruction, their personal interest in the growth of each student, and the values and principles that the instructors have established here that are beneficial on as well as off the mat. I’m proud to represent Fairfax Jiu Jitsu and be part of this family.