Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art refined by the Gracie family of Brazil in the early to mid 20th century.


    It is a grappling art designed to allow a smaller or weaker practitioner to defeat a larger, stronger & more aggressive opponent. This is done utilizing superior technique, strategy & leverage.

  • Do I need previous experience?

    Absolutely NOT!  We’re always welcoming new students to our academy who have zero experience in martial arts.  We pride ourselves on being the most welcoming & beginner-friendly place in town!


    Our Basic Program is designed to be accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities.

  • Who is the Lead Instructor?

    Professor Peter McHugh- owner and Lead Instructor- received his black belt from BJJ & MMA legend Ricardo Almeida in December of 2013. As a full time instructor at RABJJ headquarters for over 6 years, Professor Pete was able to build one of the largest kids’ Jiu Jitsu programs in the country.  He has nearly a decade of teaching experience.


    An experienced competitor in both Grappling Competition & Amateur MMA (3-0 record), as well as a black belt in Kenpo Karate under Kyoshi Thomas Clifford, Professor Pete has the technical knowledge to teach exciting classes in all aspects of Martial Arts!

  • What is a Basic class like?

    Our Basic classes are safe, structured and exciting!  We’re experts at breaking down world-class BJJ techniques in a beginner-friendly environment.


    We start class with a functional warmup, meaning we perform specific movements essential for executing Jiu Jitsu techniques.  Each week we cover a new area of common self-defense situations, followed by a specific ground position.


    Our newest students are always partnered up with a more experienced student, so you are always in great hands!

  • Is it safe?

    YES!  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a low-impact, sustainable martial art.  Because there is no striking, it is inherently safer than most other martial arts.


    We pride ourselves on having a beginner friendly, safe & structured learning environment for all of our students from the Little Sharks to the Adults.

  • What is Randori?

    Randori is a Japanese term for live sparring.


    In a live training session- or “roll”- practitioners both look to apply techniques such as pins, reversals and submission holds (i.e. armbar).  Before our students are eligible to roll live, however, they are taught safe and proper technique, defense, & training etiquette.


    A new student qualifies to participate in Randori when they’ve earned the first stripe on their white belt.

  • Who trains at McHugh BJJ?

    We have students from 4 years old to 60, from all different walks of life and experience levels.  It doesn’t matter what your fitness level or ability might be.


    We have students looking to learn self-defense, get in shape, meet new people,  and even become a world champion.  All of our students are super important to us, no matter their goals!


    You’ll also find that we’re a family friendly academy!  In fact, many of our students have their entire family enrolled.

  • How can I get started?

    To get started, simply fill out our online inquiry form.  Once submitted, a McHugh BJJ staff member will contact you to schedule your FREE trial lesson.  This is a great opportunity to come see the school, meet the staff and students, and experience a world-class Jiu Jitsu lesson!

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