Where is the Northern Beaches Jiu-Jitsu Academy located? Is there any parking?

Our brand new gym is located at Shop 17, 1-5 Thew Pde, Cromer on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (just behind Chocolate Box Training). There is plenty of free parking both within the complex, and on Thew Pde.

What facilities do you have?

We have brand new Zebra mats, change rooms, viewing platform, a secure kids play area, multiple toilets, shower, a comfy lounge area to relax in, members library and book exchange, drinks fridge and more. Drop in to say hi and check it out for yourself! You can also check out what’s going on day to day via the Northern Beaches Jiu-Jitsu Academy on Instagram and Facebook.

How much does a jiu-jitsu class cost, and when do you run classes?

You’ll find all our prices on the pricing & sign up online page, which may also include some of our latest mixed martial arts offers. We are open 6 days a week -check the jiu-jitsu timetable for current kids, adults and open mat class times, which are always being added to!

Any bonus for bringing along a friend?

Of course! If you introduce a new friend to NBJJA and they sign up, you’ll be rewarded with a free private jiu-jitsu class to say thanks. See the Bring A Mate Bonus page for details.

Do you follow a curriculum?

We do. Few BJJ academies follow a set curriculum, however those who do (like us!) have a much more thorough and structured approach to teaching. This ensures that you’re not learning the same techniques over and over, and you’re always progressing in your skills and growing as individuals. Read more about our curriculum-based learning here.

What is the ratio of men:women at your Jiu-Jitsu academy?

Our goal is to have a 50/50 split of men and women training on the mats at any point in time. The self-defence skills taught in jiu-jitsu has attracted many more women to the sport recently so we’re well on our way! Our very first members here were two girls aged 4 and 7, and we’re seeing many girls starting the sport from a young age. This blog explains why: 5 Reasons Women Should Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Are there any other kids activities nearby?

If you have kids with different interests, there are so many nearby activities to choose from! Chocolate Box Training, Plie Groove & Shuffle, Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club and Manly Warringah Football Association are all within a short walking distance, so you can drop the kids at multiple activities within the one local area.

Anywhere to relax and grab a bite to eat and coffee nearby?
Yep! You’re welcome to hang out in our lounge area, or you can wander over to a nearby cafe such as Hungry Box , Made at Lukes and Summer Salt Cafe for a bit of time out.

Do you welcome students from other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academies?

Visitors from all over the globe are welcome at Northern Beaches Jiu-jitsu Academy. We’re focused on community, not competition, so everyone is always welcome to come along to our classes.

Are you a registered activity provider for the $100 NSW Active Kids voucher?

Yes! Northern Beaches JiuJitsu Academy is a registered Active Kids activity provider, meaning you can claim a $100 rebate on your jiu-jitsu classes for each kid enrolled at school, per calendar year. Apply for your NSW Active Kids Voucher online here.

Do your instructors have their Working With Children’s Check?

Yes. All employees are required to have their WWC accreditation before coming on board with us.

Are you insured?

We are fully insured and happy to provide details if required.


How fit do I have to be to participate in BJJ? Do I need to be strong?

You do not have to be fit to start BJJ, but we can guarantee if you stick at it, you will get fit! We take pride in being an academy that allows people of all levels to get started with Jiu Jitsu. We customise each class lesson to the individuals in it, so come in as you are. You will be welcomed.

Regarding strength, the fundamental premise of Jiu Jitsu is that it can be used for a weaker opponent to survive against a stronger attacker. To do this, you use your skeleton. If you have a skeleton, you are welcome to Jiu Jitsu. Our David vs Goliath blog explains this further.

Am I too old for BJJ?

No, it doesn't matter how old you are. If you are curious, you will be accommodated. Have a read of our blog The benefits of training Jiu-Jitsu in your 40s as proof!

What age should kids start doing Jiu Jitsu?

We recommend kids start training jiujitsu when they are 4 years or older, although this is not a strict rule! If your child can follow instructions, concentrate and have fun for half an hour, they will benefit from Jiu Jitsu training. Read why jiu-jitsu is a great martial art to get your kids into.

Does it matter if I haven’t trained before?

Not at all. Whether you’re a beginner to the art or a seasoned veteran, with a friendly outlook, you will always be welcome.

What do I wear for my first class?

A fitted t-shirt or rash guard is ideal, and pocketless shorts are preferable for your first class. If you have a Jiu Jitsu kimono (known as a ‘gi’) feel free to wear that, otherwise we can lend you a gi to wear for your trial classes. You will also need a pair of thongs or sandals to wear when you exit the mats to ensure hygiene standards are maintained.

What does a Jiu-Jitsu training session involve?

Regular Class: A regular class begins with a general warm-up to loosen up the body, this is followed by up some Jiu-Jitsu specific movements that will prime the muscles, joints and neurological system for the position that will be covered in the session. Once the class is ready a position or technique will be taught and practised, with the intensity slowing increasing to give the students a realistic application of the current position. Some live sparring or free rolling will follow this. 

Open Mat: Open mat is designed for free rolling, drilling or experimenting with new positions or variations that you might like to try with your training partners. The open mat sessions are an excellent time to try out something new or refine an existing technique or position.

Have any other questions we haven’t covered? Contact us and we’ll be in touch with the answers!