Frequently Asked Questions
Which class is right for me?
At Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy, we have many different classes to fit a variety of needs. Do you want to get in shape? Fight competitively? Learn to defend yourself better? Join a community? We can help you do any or all of those things. Visit our Programs section to learn more about the different classes we offer.
Still unsure about which classes to try? Come in today to try a FREE class. One of our team members will meet with you to figure out which classes best suit your needs.
What should I wear on my first day?
Wear clothes that you can work out in and that are comfortable.
If you are trying our Muay Thai program, we can provide you with boxing gloves on your first day.
What should I bring with me to class?
You can bring a bottle of water is just fine. We also have bottled water for sale.
If you sweat a lot, like most of us do during class, it’s not a bad idea to bring a small towel to wipe up with afterward.
To make sure that you are fully prepared, Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy, pro shop is always stocked with professional equipment for your convenience. Pro tip: A lot of martial arts gear looks very similar, so it’s a good idea to write your name on your personal equipment and shirts/gis.
Is there parking?
There is plenty of street parking available around the Academy.
How many times a week should I train?
If you are a beginner, we recommend attending classes three times a week.
How much does it cost?
We offer a wide variety of classes and can work with you to find the best schedule that fits your needs and budget.
Thai Boxing - Muay Thai
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is a martial art from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This combat sport is also known as "the art of eight limbs" because it uses fists, elbows, knees, and feet.
What is the difference between Muay Thai, Thai Kickboxing and Thai Boxing?
There is no difference between Muay Thai, Thai Kickboxing and Thai Boxing. Thai Boxing is the English translation for Muay Thai, and both terms are used interchangeably.
Does Thai Boxing require a uniform?
Our uniform consists Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy T-shirt. It’s important to wear your uniform to class . If you need additional uniforms, they can be purchased at the shop.
If I become a member of the Muay Thai Competition Team, do I need to fight?
Members of the Muay Thai Competition Team are not required to fight. You do not have to enter the Muay Thai ring in order to train like a fighter.
Do I need to buy my own Thai Boxing equipment?
Equipment including punching bags, focus mitts, and Thai pads are all supplied at Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy. Students are required to purchase their own boxing gloves. You are expected to have your own shin guards, mouth piece, and protective cup (if applicable). To purchase Thai Boxing equipment, visit the shop.
Does Muay Thai have a belt system?
Traditionally, Muay Thai does have belt ranks. At Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy Academy, we are using the unique progression system from Cyprus Muay thai federation and United states Muay Thai federation that allows students to track their advancement in the art. The curriculum is designed to take a student with no knowledge of Thai Boxing to a level where he or she can proficiently execute techniques in all aspects of Muay Thai.
What if I have trained Thai Boxing before?
All students are encouraged to start at the beginner level where one of instructors will assess your skill level. Students with prior experience in Thai Boxing will be placed in the appropriate class level.
How often should I train Thai Boxing?
Thai Boxing is a complex art and students are encouraged to train a minimum of three hours per week.
Do I need a uniform to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
For your first few classes, you’ll only need to wear comfortable clothes such as a T-shirt and sweatpants. Eventually you will need to purchase a BJJ uniform, also known as a gi. Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy offers uniforms for sale.
Do you teach no-gi grappling?
We do teach no-gi grappling (aka submission grappling) and encourage our students to learn techniques both with and without the gi. Once our students learn the basics using the BJJ gi, we transition to techniques that do not require the use of a uniform.
Are there belt ranks in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
We follow the traditional BJJ ranking system that has five belt ranks: white, blue, purple, brown, and black.
How long does it take to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Earning a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not easy and the length of time depends on the student. Although achieving the rank of black belt is a great accomplishment, we really encourage students to focus on learning the art.
What if I have practiced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners and students of all martial arts backgrounds are welcome to join our academy. If you have prior grappling experience, an instructor will assess your level and place you in the appropriate class.
How often should I practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a challenging art and students are encouraged to train a minimum of four sessions per week. Sparring is key to effectively applying the techniques learned in class so it is recommended that our students spar as much as possible and are welcome to practice what they’ve learned during our open mat sessions.
Mixed Martial Arts
What are the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) classes?
Before our students start training in MMA we make sure that they have a strong foundation built on effective striking, through Muay Thai, as well as grappling, through BJJ. A thorough understanding of both styles is necessary to become a complete martial artist. This may take a few months depending on the student but once this milestone has been achieved, students can begin to train in our Mixed Martial Arts classes.
How do I join the Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy MMA Competition Team?
Students are given invitations to try out for the MMA Competition Team by the Head Instructor.
When do you hold MMA training sessions?
MMA training schedules are distributed directly to competition team members. Training sessions are generally held in the late evenings.
How do I sign my child up for the Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy Kids Program?
Schedule a free trial class for your child today! This will allow you to assess if the Kids Martial Arts Program is right for your child and your family. There is no cost or obligation during this trial.
A parent or legal guardian is required to be at the academy during classes throughout this trial period so that our instructors can get to know you and your child. This will also provide you the chance to tour our facility, meet our instructors, learn about our programs, and ask any questions that you may have.
When can my child start classes?
Whenever is best for you! We offer open enrollment so kids can join our program year-round. Our rotating curriculum is designed so that your child is able to learn the material easily no matter when he or she starts.