OUR KICKBOXING CLASSES
Come a bit early to class to get warmed up and ready. The main pieces of gear you'll need are gloves (14-18oz), wraps (optional) and a mouth guard. For clothes, wear loose clothing so you can move around. You'll be barefoot.
AT THE START
We normally start off with shadowing boxing and some defensive drills. The purpose is really just to get you moving and no experience is required.
What sets us apart from other kickboxing classes is that we are focused on strategy and emphasizing intelligence in fighting. The the majority of the class, your instructor will teach you a technique, have you pair with someone to work on that technique and repeat throughout class. You'll work with a live person so you really feel what kickboxing is like.
At the end of class, you'll do a bunch of sparring with your classmates. We will usually do 2 minute rounds and rotate every time. We only go 30% to minimize injury. Bring a mouthguard if you have one.
HOW WE'RE DIFFERENT
Some boxing gyms are filled with meatheads. We aren't. We want to make sure you feel comfortable training and don't ever feel uncomfortable. We will make sure you're safe and having fun.
NO ANNUAL CONTRACT OR FEES
We believe signing annual contracts is straight up shady. That is why we do month-to-month. You can cancel anytime by emailing us. Additionally, we don't do any enrollment or cancellation fees because we believe in transparency.
PATIENT AND FRIENDLY INSTRUCTORS
Our biggest differentiation is our instructors. They are patient and work well with all types of students. Our goal is for you to learn in an environment where you feel the most comfortable. With over 10 instructors, you can learn from 10 unique styles! Read about our coaching philosophy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?No experience necessary. Just like learning a language, you'll do best when thrown into a situation right away. We will pair you with someone more experienced so you can learn from a higher belt and this gives our higher belt the opportunity to coach- a very Montessori approach to jiu jitsu. You won't be required to spar, but you're welcome to it and we will again pair you with an advanced member to ensure no one gets injured.
WHAT ARE CLASSES LIKE?We have two types of jiu-jitsu classes: those with a uniform (gi), and those without (no-gi). We do both. Our noon and evening jiu-jitsu classes are taught in the gi. If you don't own one, we have loaner gis for you to borrow. Tuesday evenings are both gi/no-gi and Saturday mornings are no-gi. This is our typical class structure: | 15 minutes of warm-ups | 15 minutes of drilling technique 1 | 15 minutes of drilling technique 2 | 15 minutes of "line drills" where you practice a position against eachother. | 20 minutes of 5 minute sparring rounds
WHAT'S THE VIBE?Very chill. We are a no-ego gym. If you have uniforms of a different color or with patches from different gyms, we don't care. Just get in here to train.
WHEN ARE CLASSES?We have morning, noon, early evening and late evening jiu-jitsu classes. See our schedule!
ARE CLASSES SPORT OR SELF-DEFENSE ORIENTED?While we primarily focus on the sport aspect of jiu-jitsu, what you learn in class is very applicable to real life situations. Here's a full article we've written to help you better understand our philosophy of street and sport jiu-jitsu.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?We don't allow walk ins so you'll need to book a spot prior to entering. You can book here: https://www.chicagoschoolofgrappling.com/schedule
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
BJJ BLACK BELT/ KICKBOXING COMPETITOR
"We're here to make sure you learn. This is not a cardio boxing class where you leave sweaty, but with terrible form. My goal is for you to learn how to throw punches and to think strategically when it comes to fighting"