Third Way Classes
Tuition is $100 per month unlimited access. We offer a 20% discount to Fire, Military, Police, and full-time college students.
Out of town visitors can drop in for $20 per class. Please contact us first to introduce yourself.
Private lessons are available for $65 per hour. Please contact us to schedule a time.
Note: Monthly tuition payments are handled via automatic credit card subscription. We do not accept cash or checks.
In order to train, you need the following gear:
- A Gi, which is a traditional martial arts uniform. Make sure to purchase a gi intended for Jiu Jitsu, as these are sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of grappling. We recommend a “single weave”. These are lighter weight. Compression underwear is also recommended, but please do not wear an athletic cup.
While we don’t limit your choice of gi color, if you are buying your first gi we recommend a white one since these can be bleached a couple times a year to keep them bright. There are many gi brands on the market, ranging from reasonably priced ones such as Fuji, Gameness, Kaizen, or Ronin, to higher end brands like Shoyoroll or Origin. We've had a good experience buying from Kinji San, Amazon, and Budo Videos.
Important: Please wash your new gi before wearing it, especially if it is not white. The dye used in colored Gis can stain our white mats.
- For NO Gi training you’ll need a grappling rash guard for your upper body, and for your lower half you can either wear grappling shorts, spats, or gi pants. T-shirts and fitness shorts are not recommended because they are too loose and don't stand up to the demands of grappling. Compression underwear is also recommended, but please do not wear an athletic cup. Rash guards tend to run small, so you’ll usually buy a size or two up depending on the brand.
- A Mouth guard. Even though impacts to the face are extremely uncommon in BJJ we highly recommend wearing a mouth guard during sparring to prevent accidentally biting your tongue or suffering any inadvertent damage to your teeth. Mouth guards are optional (but recommended) for adults, but required for youth students.
There are many good quality mouth guards on the market, but if you can afford it, the best ones are custom imprinted to your teeth. We’ve had good success with Gladiator Mouth Guards. When you purchase from them they send you an imprint kit so you can do it yourself.
- A water bottle. We do not have a water dispenser.
The most important requirement is a great attitude. Jiu Jitsu is an individual sport, but we can't train alone, so our goal should not only be to improve ourselves but to help our teammates improve. We do that by having a great attitude, an openness to learn, and a willingness to put aside any ego.
BJJ is a close contact sport and nobody likes to train with stinky partners. Before coming to class, make sure you are clean, your teeth are brushed, and that your fingernails and toenails are clipped to prevent scratching someone. A clean, dry gi is required for every class. Do not wear a gi you’ve previously trained in but have not washed. Immediately after training wash your training clothes. We also recommend that every few months you soak your gi, rash guard, shorts, spats, etc. in the washer with two cups of white vinegar for several hours. This helps prevent the growth of smelly bacteria.
How to tie your belt
We use the classic Judo style knot, rather than the more common Brazilian variant, because it prevents the belt from untying during sparring. It also looks nicer.