Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Shark Pit Jiu Jitsu Located?

Shark Pit Jiu Jitsu is inside Winchester Boxing and Fitness, upstairs, at the Winchester Sportsplex.

How much does it cost and what is included in a membership package?

Pricing is available on this site under the About tab on the menu or by calling the staff at Winchester Boxing and Fitness. Periodic promotional specials are posted to our Facebook page. That said, prices vary depending on the membership plan and how many people in your family are training. There are plans for individuals and families. There are plans for instruction in only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and discounted combination plans for those who want to attend both Brazilan Jiu Jitsu and Boxing classes. All Brazilian Jiu Jitsu memberships include unlimited attendance at scheduled BJJ classes, both Gi and NoGi. Rarely we might choose to have a seminar with an additional fee, but we intend never to cancel a scheduled class and replace it with a pay-to-attend seminar. IMPORTANT BENEFIT: All Brazilian Jiu Jitsu memberships include unlimited use of the fitness equipment (free weights and machines) at Winchester Boxing and Fitness as well as the locker rooms, day use lockers (bring your own lock) and showers. We also offer 50% off any membership plan for Active Duty Military, Law Enforcement, Fulltime Firefighters and EMS personnel. A 10% discount is available for reserve members of any of the above.

Do you teach both Gi and NoGi Classes?

Yes. Indeed, we are now the only BJJ gym in town that has regularly scheduled NoGi classes.

Can you train me to fight professionally?

Instructors Joe Bauserman and Jeremy Clyburn have significant MMA experience. Coach Joe held a Revolution fights championship title at one point in his career. Additionally, several of our members are active fighters and we work as a team to make them successful in the cage. Come in and speak with the staff if you are interested in training for an MMA fight. Lastly, we do not have MMA classes specifically at this time, but we are working to add them in the near future.

Do you have Kid's Classes?

Yes. Kid's classes are on Monday and Wednesday from 6 PM - 7 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 11 AM. Monday and Saturday are Gi classes. Wednesday is NoGi class. Kids are welcome at Open Mat on Friday as long as a parent is present to supervise.

How do I get Shark Pit BJJ Clothing?

Up Front - we will never require anyone to buy any branded gear/clothing nor sew on our patch. However, lot's of folks might want to do it anyway - so here is how: Shark Pit Jiu Jitsu Gi Patches are available for $10. Speak with the BJJ Staff to purchase a patch. Branded merchandise is available by clicking the "Shop" link at the top right of the page or go to the following address at: We have limited stock of certain shirts/hoodies/etc on site - ask shark pit staff about purchasing.

What is the BJJ Lineage at Shark Pit BJJ?

Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Rogerio Taborda > Joseph Bauserman

Do you allow drop-ins?

Yes. We would love to train with anyone who wants to drop by the Shark Pit. The drop-in fee is $20.

Do I need to get in shape before I try Shark Pit Jiu Jitsu?

No. Just show up and do your best. Jiu Jitsu, and grappling in general, are a different kind of conditioning than other activities. The best way to get in shape for Jiu Jitsu is doing Jiu Jitsu.

Do you have beginners classes?

We have a one-hour beginners Gi class twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 PM. That said, don't be afraid to attend any class as a brand-new white belt. The colored-belts (blue, purple, brown, black) were all brand new once and they remember what it is like to start training BJJ. The entire team will be there to help you learn and reinforce the basics in addition to what the instructor is teaching.

Do I need to bring a Gi to my first class?

We do have a limited selection of loaner GIs for Kids and Adult classes, but we might not have your size depending on how many new folks show up. That said, comfortable work-out clothes are perfectly fine when you are starting out - even for a GI class. Just make sure you don't have any metal bits or other items on your clothing that might puncture the mats or scuff up your partner. It is recommended that you don't wear necklaces, bracelets, watches o similar jewelry either as they might get damaged while drilling. Please leave these items at home or bring a padlock with you so that you can secure them in a locker, Not having a GI when you start is not an issue at all. In fact, it provides an advantage in Gi classes. Your partner will have a Gi on and that is the important part since most use of the Gi in Jiu Jitsu is actually using your opponents Gi to subdue them. Please note that we do not have a Pro-shop on site nor do we sell GIs at this time. You can order and wear any GI you like. Amazon has many many choices and we will be happy to give you our personal opinion on what we like to wear as well as sizing guidance. For Rash Guards, we do sell them and you can buy what we sell by clicking the SHOP button on our menu. That said, feel free to order any rash guard you would like as we will never require anyone to buy our gear or even sew on our patch.

Do you train takedowns and footlocks?

The short version is YES. We train ALL of the Jiu Jitsu - not just a particular subset of moves that are very effective under a particular competition rule set. You will learn foot locks and do takedowns at our gym on a regular basis. Starting from the feet is a common occurence when sparring. Specifically, Coach Joe Jessen teaches a Wrestling Takedown class on Friday evenings and Coach Joe Bauserman teaches a Judo throw on most Saturday morning classes and throw or wrestling takedown during his Tues-Thurs NoGi classes.