The Fundamentals Program at Heroes Martial Arts is designed is to give the student the base knowledge and skills they would need to know in order to appreciate Jiu Jitsu and be able to train in a controlled academy type environment. The philosophies and concepts of Jiu Jitsu are covered as well as technique, as it is is just important to know why a particular move is called for in addition to how to do the move. Although there is a sport bias in that the students will have the opportunity to train and drill with and against each other, self defense is also covered.
The Fundamentals Program curriculum is thirty classes over the span of four months starting approximately the first of January, May, and September. Classes are run two per week with either a morning session Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM or an evening session on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM. The classes run concurrently and the Monday/Tuesday Class and Wednesday/Thursday class covers the same material. In addition, Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM there is a Fundamental review class. As the course is cyclical it is not necessary to begin at the first class and new students should be able to enter the program at any stage. Attending all thirty classes should give the student an excellent exposure to the all the major concepts and positions of Jiu Jitsu and the knowledge they need to be able to spar in an academy setting (sport rules concentrating on the groundwork). Students are encouraged to attend multiple cycles of the Fundamentals class to reinforce these concepts and give them more opportunities to drill their basic moves.
Each Fundamental class is one hour long. The first 15 minutes of class is cardio and core strength exercises, which vary but always contain a movement or concept that will prepare the students for the technical portion of class. The rest of the hour is filled out with instruction in which a concept is explained and a technique is demonstrated, then the students will have an opportunity to practice that technique to get the form correct, and also have drills (usually lasting for 30 seconds at a time), in order to try out the technique against a resisting opponent. Students are typically paired off by appropriate body types when possible, and less experienced students are paired off with more experienced students. When the students are practicing their technique, the instructor will monitor the class closely and give individual help or answer questions as needed.
At the end of the hour the class will segue into the Intermediate level classes and more vigorous drills based on the Fundamental class’s theme will be drilled. Sometimes these drill are one minute intervals which are essentially controlled sparring sessions and sometimes the time limit is undefined but the student has a specific goal to work towards. Participation in these drills is optional but highly encouraged, and a new student can opt to join in when they feel they are ready.