Gladiators Academy of Lafayette
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101 N. Bud Street
Lafayette, LA 70583

Frequently Asked Questions

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Q: “What kind of physical shape does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu require?”

You can start BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) no matter what kind of shape you're currently in. Because it's a great workout, you'll get in awesome shape in no time.

Q: “I have a past injury / medical condition. What pre-cautions should I take before getting started?”

Just talk to your doctor, and see what he/she says. If you get the green light, come on in and get started. If there are conditions around your training - just let us know what your doctors says you can / can't do. We just want to make sure you're safe and sound.

Q: “Is there a high risk for injury?”

Definitely not! After years of practice and expertise with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we've identified the key factors that lead to injury - and designed our program to counter each of these factors. The result: injuries do happen (as they do with any intense sport), but they're extremely rare.

Q: “Will I be the only woman in class?”

Not at all. While the classes are mostly filled with men, there are women who participate and get a lot out of our BJJ classes, too. Everyone's focus is on learning BJJ, supporting one another, and having a great time. Gender isn't an issue.

Q: “What's the class-environment like here?”

In a nutshell: supportive, fun & focused. BJJ tends to have a “family-like” vibe. After all, you're constantly challenging yourself, and striving to be your best in every class. This creates a real sense of camaraderie & team - which is part of the awesome BJJ experience.

Q: “Are these classes only for competitive BJJ?”

Not at all. We have a good blend of competitive guys, hobbyists, and people just looking for a kick-ass workout.

Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Will martial arts, karate, tae kwon do make my kid violent?”

No way! In fact, martial arts makes kids calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial arts always has been about peace, and it always will be.

Q: “Can my child get injured with martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”

As a parent, I'm sure you've seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them. We do special exercises and stretches to make your child's body limber and flexible. And we're ALWAYS keeping a very close eye on everything going on.

Q: “Can my child do martial arts, karate, tae kwon do if he/she is not the athletic type?”

Yes! In fact, martial arts is often a “home” for kids who don't excel at team sports. Kids who have trouble in baseball, basketball, etc. often come to martial arts and do extremely well. And it's okay if your child is not athletic right now. Through our classes, they'll get in great shape and become very athletic.

Q: “Is martial arts, karate, tae kwon do fun for children?”

Absolutely! In fact, kids usually have to drag their parents to martial arts class - something parents are always shocked to see. We have our serious moments here where kids work and learn... but we have just as many moments where they goof off and have a blast!

Q: “Is martial arts, karate, tae kwon do a skill / talent that will give my child pride and confidence?”

Yes! A lot of kids perform their martial arts moves in talent shows and other things. Their friends are always blown away. The positive feedback children receive helps build their self-esteem and confidence. Kids feel good knowing they can do something that's "cool and special.

Gladiators Fight Fitness

Q: “Are both group & private classes available?”

Most of our members enjoy the group setting, but private sessions are available too depending on instructor availability.

Q: “How many people are generally in a group class?”

Normally around 15-30, with more instructors added as class size grows.

Q: “Will there be other beginners in my class?”

Yep! Our members come in all experience levels, shapes, ages & sizes. If you're a beginner, you'll fit right in.

Q: “Will your kickboxing class help me tone up?”

Definitely. Our entire program was handcrafted to help you get lean & toned. Literally every thing you do here helps you achieve this goal.

Mixed Martial Arts

Q: “Is MMA training appropriate for people of all fitness levels?”

Our Lafayette MMA training program is completely accessible to anyone and everyone. MMA has a rep for being “super hardcore”. In reality, you can go whatever pace you need to in our program. As your fitness level rises, you can increase your intensity.

Q: “Do you have injury-prevention measures in place?”

Absolutely. Every class begins with warm-ups and stretching to get you limber and loose. This in itself prevents most injuries. Next, we teach every technique very precisely. And we teach you how to practice it in a very precise way too. This instruction - combined with professional supervision - insures that you won't get injured. Injuries do happen, but they're very rare.

Q: “What are the ages of the other students?”

Students range from 20s to late 40s. However we've had younger, and we've had older. Since you can go at your own pace with this training, there's really no age limit. Well, babies might have a bit of trouble ;-)

Muay Thai

Q: “Should I get in shape before starting Muay Thai?”

Not at all. If you're not in shape already, our Muay Thai classes will get you into tip-top shape in no time. It's not only an incredible martial art - it's also one of the funnest, most kick-ass workouts around.

Q: “Will my past injury / medical condition interfere with classes?”

Contact your doctor, and see what he/she says. If your doctor has any questions for us, let us know and we'll gladly answer them!

Q: “I have a past injury / medical condition. Can I still train?”

If you have a past injury / condition that could interfere with training, we just ask that you speak to your doctor first. Let us know what your doctor says - and if there's any kind of exercise you should avoid in order to not upset your condition.

Q: “Muay Thai seems very intense. Do people get injured a lot?”

Muay Thai IS intense. That's what's so awesome about it ;-). However, people do NOT get injured a lot. We've created a supportive, safe environment here.

Q: “What experience levels are these classes for? Beginners? Advanced? Etc.?”

All of the above. Our classes are designed for people of all Muay Thai experience levels to get an awesome experience. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned vet - you'll get what you're looking for.

Q: “Are these classes for competitive fighters only?”

Our classes are for BOTH competitive fighters - as well as people just looking to get an awesome work out, and learn a powerful martial art. If you're a competitive fighter, you'll get the attention you need to become quicker, stronger, more agile, and full of impeccable technique. If you're not, you'll get a kick ass workout that'll get you lean & toned in no time.