Does Delaware Self Defense Academy offer specials or discounts?

Why don’t you offer discounts or specials?  Our credentials, our lineage, our facilities, and quite frankly our staff is the best you will find anywhere.  If our enrollment specialists or Instructor have a conversation with you after your free trial class, then you will have all the details you need to make a decision.  We don’t believe that we want to or do we need to beg people to come try us out, if people want the best then they know where to come.  We want people who value the facility and instruction.

Are there opportunities to train other than class times?

What if students can’t make it to scheduled classes?  All of our locations have opposing schedules so you can go to any location at a time that works well for you.  All of our locations are only about 15 minutes away from each other so it is very convenient.  Private lessons are also available.

What are the rules at Delaware Self Defense Academy?

Over the years I have actually had students bothered and even left because of the amount of policies that we have.  But our policies are simple.  You wear the required uniform.  You keep that uniform clean and tidy.  You are respectful to the organization.  We don’t allow any food or drink in the facility, we don’t allow any shoes on our mat, we don’t allow any jewelry.  No phones, no talking.

What are the differences between a professional academy and a hobby gym?

There may be someone who is very good at Jiu-Jitsu, but they have a full time job and other obligations, this is what I would call a hobby organization.  The focus ends up being focused on the teacher instead of the student.  The emphasis is not put on the success of the student or the facility.  Where as a professional Jiu-Jitsu academy where the instructor/owner is their full time operation, it’s run like a business, and I don’t necessarily because of revenue, what I mean is the students are customers.  They have to be treated well and with respect, we have to make sure the facility is clean and fully stocked.  We have to make sure the staff is fully trained and responsible.  I have seen a lot of hobby places just cancel practice because they have something else to do.  The difference that you need to pay attention to is that if it is a hobby type facility then you are going to get a hobby level instruction and experience.  Whereas a professional facility you are going to get the highest level of instruction, the highest level of credentials, and the schedule is going to be there all the time.

How do promotions work?

We have very strict and very rigid criteria.  First and foremost it is a basic time.  For every belt rank we have, there is a solid guideline for how much a student needs to be in attendance.  For example our white belt, brand new student.  That person needs to expect that he will attend class 2 to 3 times a week, he will be a respectful training partner and student, and should expect to be a white belt in about 2 years.  The first criteria is time and the second criteria is knowledge.  What have you learned and what can you display to us live with an existing proponent. The next thing is are you a good person, not just on the mat, but also out on the street.  On the mat are you respectful to your partner, are you respectful to your instructor, are you respectful to the facility.  It’s a time, a character issue, it’s an experience issue, and it’s a skill issue, that’s how promotions are based here.

What are some of the benefits in training?

First you have the physical aspect, you will get in shape, and lose some pounds.  Then you have the social aspect, here at Delaware Self Defense Academy we focus on nice, professional, responsible mature adults.  We have Realtors, Doctors, Teachers, Blue collars, Laborers, a wide array of people and when they all come to the mat everyone is the same.  So you are still rubbing shoulders with people who can help you emotionally, physically,  and spiritually, and socially.  Then you have the health aspect and the code that we live by.  We do a lot of training on how to find the positive in every situation.

How does DCSA teach Jiu Jitsu?

The adult class is an hour class at each location 2 days a week, we all wear a white outfit with blue undershirt, we keep the class very organized.  The first 10 minutes is the history philosophy lesson, we talk about history of Jiu-jitsu, positive thinking, healthy eating, how to keep emotionally balanced.  The next 15 minutes we teach a self defense technique, whatever is on the curriculum for that day, we have a very rigid curriculum.  The next self defense technique can be very similar or very different and then the last technique of the day is something on the ground.  It’s instructional it’w with a partner, nothing live and nothing full speed.  No one is forced to train live or physical, that way there is no ego involved.  Then after that we offer another class called sparring, this is a good time to test what they learn.  It is not required or pressured to do live training, but it is available when you are ready.

Is Jiu Jitsu just for men?

There is a perception in the community that Jiu Jitsu is just for young athletic men.  What would you tell women and parents that were  thinking about participating in training?  I would say that is absolutely incorrect, Jiu Jitsu is for everybody, it does not discriminate, it absolutely for everybody.  Jiu Jitsu is what you make of it.  If you are an 85 year old grandparent, it is for you just at a different pace and level.  If you are a 7 year old girl, Jiu Jitsu is for you.  If you are a 35 year old guy who hasn’t done anything in the past 20 years and you are out of shape, it is for you, we just tailor it to fit your needs.

Why do you have a blue bar on your black belt?

You have a blue bar on your black belt, explain the difference between the blue bar and the red bar.  The whole belt ranking system has gone through a lot of changes over the years.  When Grand Master Helio got frustrated with what sports Jiu Jitsu had become, he took off his red belt and went back to his navy blue belt.  Royce also felt the art of self defense had died, so he felt it was important to champion the cause to keep self defense alive, so he took his black belt off and wore his navy blue belt to honor his father.  A number of years ago a lot of our other network black belts suggested the idea to seperate the Royce Gracie network from the rest of the sport industry, and not wear the red bar, and that we would wear the navy blue bar and that would differentiate us to show that we focus on self defense and honor Grand Master Helio.

Injuries and training through them

In our instruction class, we teach the technique, you partner up with someone, you very slowly run through the technique with that person as a drill, it’s a muscle memory drill.  After the end of that class for those that want to they can stay for the second class, which is a sparring class.  Probably half the people stay for that.  Yes just like any other activity you are bound to get an injury.  I have probably been hurt more than most because I am on the mat every day.  In our history and philosophy we follow the 753 code, in that code it is a guide on how to live, physically and mentally, and one of the things I like to focus on is being positive.  I don’t celebrate getting hurt, but I do look at it and say how can this injury help me, how can this injury teach me to use other parts of my body, or how can this injury get me to look at self defense differently.  Because in reality if you get hurt you can’t tell your attacker, hey wait I’m injured.  So anytime I get an injury I do whatever I have to do to train around it.  In our advanced classes we will do handicapped training on purpose, like one handed training just to teach how to work around it.