First Visit

To schedule your first class, call us at 617-821-1585 or
email us here


We circle up and bow-in at the beginning and end of each class. We bow to direct our focus and clarify our intention to train intelligently and effectively. Also, to show respect to ourselves, our training partners, teachers, students and whomever else one may choose to include. As one stands in the team circle, one bows to the center, to one’s own center.

We say “Team!” when we bow in. We could just as well say “Family!” The point is that while we are practicing, whether learning a submission hold, playing tag or drilling a technique or, eventually, ‘rolling’ (controlled sparring), we are not in a competition. This is not a ‘fight club’. We are taking care of ourselves and one another. We will only do a move or movement if we are sure it will cause no harm to our partner. Note, even in sparring, we have partners, not opponents.

What to Expect

A class generally consists of a light warm-up, jiu jitsu-specific solo movements, M-100’s which is an in-house-created exercise circuit lasting about 3 minutes, 1 to 3 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques, and 3 to 6 rounds of drilling the techniques and/or optional light sparring.

Expect to sweat. Drink water often. After class, you are encouraged to take a few minutes to cool down, lightly stretch, or relax. Then shower with hot soapy water!

Please note: if you have any condition, injury, ache or concern, please notify the instructor and do not attempt to push yourself in any way that is not healthy for you! Proper training makes us stronger and healthier.


  • THE GOLDEN RULE: Always respect your body and your feelings, as well as those of your partner’s, teammate’s and anyone on the mat.
  • Advocate for yourself. Be your own boss. Don’t do a move, technique or exercise if it does not feel right, safe, constructive
  • Everyone is here to support you. Don’t waste energy feeling self-conscious if you can’t keep up during an exercise circuit or learn a move as quickly as it seems someone else does.
  • Always be empowered to choose your drilling partner, to choose not to do a move or technique, and to choose not to partner up with someone.
  • Feel free to talk to Coach Dave about any concerns or ideas.
  • Practice techniques with control, lightness, flow and communicate with your partner about comfort-level and intensity.
  • File your fingernails regularly.
  • Clip your toenails frequently.
  • A ‘gi’ (jacket and pants) is advisable. In the meantime, wear comfortable clothing that is not baggy, and with no exposed zippers or buttons. It is advisable to wear long pants and long sleeves.
  • Make sure your clothing, body and hair are clean before and after class.
  • Bring a bottle of water.
  • Wear a mouthpiece and cup, if applicable.
  • If you arrive late for class and miss the group bow-in, bow on the mat and slowly, quietly do 50 squats and 25 push-ups (or other exercises if these are not good for you) at your own pace for your warm-ups.
  • Always remember that the exercises and techniques exist to make you stronger; if any exercise or technique does not feel safe and constructive to you, don’t do it.
  • Beginners should not spar.
  • Please check with me concerning your readiness to spar.
  • Please only sit on the couch in dry clean clothes.
  • Please refrain from swearing on the mat and from superfluous conversation during class.
  • Remember to breathe and have fun!


Thanks and Good Training!