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Roll through our FAQs: Everything you want to know about BJJ and our gym

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art focusing on grappling and ground fighting, enabling a smaller person to defend against a larger one through technique and leverage and also serves as a form of physical and mental discipline, promoting principles such as respect, perseverance, and discipline, making it not only a method of self-defense but also a way to improve one’s health, fitness, and character.

No, you do not need to be in peak physical condition to start BJJ. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. BJJ training will gradually improve your fitness, flexibility, and strength over time.

If you don’t have a gi (the traditional BJJ uniform) or a rash guard (a close-fitting top), you can start with comfortable athletic clothing, such as a t-shirt and shorts.

 BJJ is generally safe when practiced correctly under the guidance of experienced instructors. Like any contact sport, there is a risk of injury, but precautions are taken to minimize this risk.

This depends on your goals, schedule, and physical condition. Beginners are usually advised to start with 2-3 classes per week to allow their bodies to adapt to the new movements and demands of the sport.

Absolutely. BJJ is for everyone, regardless of gender. Many girls and women practice BJJ for self-defense, fitness, and sport. We offer a welcoming and supportive environment for female practitioners.


* Boys and girls, men and women may be trained separately or together, depending on each individual’s comfort level.

The progression and promotion through belt ranks are influenced by the student’s dedication, athletic ability, and character, unfolding in the following manner:


Children and Teenagers up to 15 years old: From White to Grey: 6 months-1 year; From Grey to Yellow: 1-2 years …


16 years and older: From White to Blue: 1-2 years; From Blue to Purple: 1-3 years …

The journey to a black belt in BJJ is highly individual and can take anywhere from 8 to 10 years. It requires dedication, consistent training, and a deep understanding of the art.

Yes, there are local, national, and international competitions for BJJ practitioners of all levels here at Checkmat Riverview. Competing is not mandatory, but it can be a valuable experience for those who choose to participate.

BJJ offers numerous benefits, including anti depression effects, improved physical fitness, confidence boost, mental resilience, social networking, self-discipline, self-defense skills, problem solving skills and many others. It also fosters a sense of community and belonging, as practitioners often form close bonds with their training partners and instructors.

Yes you do. We offer a 01 Day-Free trial class allowing you to experience the gym culture, instruction style, and class structure before committing. Click any Request Information button to fill out our short form and be contacted shortly after.

Unfortunately not. Our gym’s monthly fees are fixed and based on age, not training frequency. However, we offer a 50% discount for the first month to all new members. Additionally, we have tailored first-month rates for different age groups:


  • Kids & Juniors (4-7 and 8-13 years old): US$62.5 for the first month.
  • Teens (14-17 years old): US$67.5 for the first month.
  • Adults (18+ years old): US$67.5 for the first month.


Families also benefit from a special rate of US$ 92.5 for their first month. These offers are part of our commitment to making Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu accessible to everyone, encouraging individuals and families to join our community.

Yes, we do offer classes for various age ranges and skill levels (beginner to advanced):


Kids & Juniors: From 4 – 7 years old and 8 – 13 years old / Teens: 14 – 17 years old / Adults: 18+ onwards.

* Boys and girls, men and women may be trained separately or together, depending on each individual’s (or parents’) comfort level.

No, daily practice is not required. Training frequency should fit your goals and lifestyle. However, it’s important to remember that advancing through belt ranks requires consistent training to develop the necessary skills and knowledge.


Consistent training, even if not daily, promotes physical and mental benefits, personal growth, and a sense of community. The key is consistent effort and enjoying the journey, which leads to significant improvements in well-being and skills over time. Regular attendance is crucial for progression in BJJ.

Unlike many gyms, Checkmat Riverview does not require a contract; we simply ask that students (or their parents) notify us of enrollment cancellation 30 days in advance.

At Checkmat Riverview we encourage our students to compete and offer training specifically for BJJ tournaments. We also host in-house competitions and support team participation in external events. Checkmat Riverview also helped developing dozens of champions around US BJJ championships.

Our culture is family-oriented, competitive and recreational. It’s important to choose a gym where the culture aligns with your personal goals and where you feel welcomed and supported.

Our gym follows strict hygiene practices to prevent the spread of infections. This includes regular cleaning of mats and facilities, as well as enforcing personal hygiene rules for members, such as washing gis and equipment after each class.

Getting started is very simple! Fill out our online form with your name, best email, and phone number to Request More Information and schedule a 1-Day Trial Class to decide whether or not to continue and enroll for a 50% discount for the first month.


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Having started my BJJ training late in life, I'm truly blessed to be surrounded by such fine people. Having grandkids, it's great seeing the kids blossom into fine, confident humans. Thanks, Professor Mauricio, and the upper classes for a great training experience. I'm learning a lot and have never been so fit.


Great place to train! Professor is highly skilled and helpful at all times. People are super friendly and respectful, which makes for a super safe and fun environment to train. BJJ is an excellent workout for body and mind, I definitely recommend.

Marcelo Hasimoto

Been taking my son for a couple months and have been impressed by Professor Mauricio’s passion and knowledge of Jiu Jitsu. Decided to start training as well about a month ago and have had a great time. Great workout and lots of fun! Great environment and great people all around. I have no previous experience and everyone has been very helpful...

Elias Vazquez

Professor Mauricio is a true martial artist. Kind humble and deadly 😂. Anytime I’m in the area for work I try to visit the gym. Wonderful school and great training in a welcome environment.

Chris Monty

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