About Fat Snake

How should I dress for a class?

If you have a gi, feel free to bring it to class.  If you do not own a gi, come in comfortable athletic clothing (longer pants and sleeves may feel better when on the mat).  We do not wear wrestling shoes on the mat and remember to remove jewelry before jumping on the mat with us.

What are the belt colors in Jiu Jitsu?

Children Belt System (5-15 years old)

Children may be promoted through belts in the following order:






Between each of these solid colors is an intermediary combination color (i.e. White Gray, White Yellow, White Orange, and White Green). Each belt has a solid black bar, and, as children progress, they receive a white stripe to signify progress and development. Once students receive 4 stripes, they are ready to be promoted to the next belt. When students turn 16, they join the adult progression system and receive their blue belt.

Adult Belt System (16 years old and up)

Belt promotions for adults follows a similar pattern, but with fewer belt degrees:






Again, as adults become proficient in their techniques, they will receive stripes. Once the proper amount of time and progression has passed after receiving 4 stripes, the next belt will be awarded by the instructor.

Is there a mat fee to visit the gym?

If it is your first time visiting the gym, its on us! If you are thinking of trying jiu jitsu out, please come check out a class at no cost.  If you are experienced and would like to train for a day, we won’t charge you a mat fee.  (If we feel folks are taking advantage of our generousity, we will be having a chat.)

If I train at Paul Tom’s can I train at Fat Snake?

We have a cross training agreement with Paul Tom.  If you are a member of Paul Tom’s Academy and are on automatic payments with him, you may supplement your training with us at no additional cost.