Welcome to the Cumming Martial Arts FAQ Section

Whether you’re a prospective student or a current member, this FAQ section is designed to answer all your questions about Cumming Martial Arts. From class schedules and training programs to membership details and our dojo’s philosophy, you’ll find everything you need to know right here. Our goal is to provide clear and helpful information to ensure your martial arts journey is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us directly. Let’s get started!

Frequently asked questions

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The name of your system is Yondo Jiu Jitsu “4 way of flexible arts”. It is a fusion of jiu-jitsu and karate, along with weapon training. But the emphasis is on self-defense first and foremost. We love all of the sport versions of martial arts but having confidence in the fact I will survive “this fight” in real life is key. We use karate in many forms and boxing as our primary striking art. For throws and ground fights Jiu Jitsu is the go-to of our skill sets.  Jiu-Jitsu’s suppleness, fluidity, commanding locks, and devastating throws are extremely formidable. 



At the age of four, our program for little tigers begins.  Students who are 3.5 years old may apply but there are a few exceptions. Many things are taken into consideration, like the ability to pay attention, being outgoing, and generally following instructions.  A senior instructor is required to assess each student to determine which criteria they fall under. The assessment is free. Get in touch with us to arrange your initial evaluation. Every session lasts 20 minutes

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu whats the difference ?


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu are two different forms of martial arts that have evolved from the same roots, but they have some significant differences.

One of the main differences between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (JJJ) is their focus. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is primarily focused on ground fighting techniques and submissions, while Japanese Jiu-Jitsu places an equal emphasis on standing techniques, including strikes, throws, and joint locks.

Another significant difference is the approach to training and competition. BJJ has a more structured and competitive approach, with formalized tournaments and belt systems. In contrast, JJJ often focuses more on traditional training methods and is less competitive.

BJJ also has a more modern approach, with a strong emphasis on experimentation and adaptation. In contrast, JJJ often emphasizes the preservation of traditional techniques and forms.

Lastly, the uniform worn in BJJ and JJJ also differs, with BJJ practitioners typically wearing a gi or kimono, while JJJ practitioners may wear a variety of uniforms, including traditional gi or more modern workout clothing.

Overall, while both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu share a common lineage and core principles, they have developed distinct differences in their focus, training methods, and approach to competition.

In closing, we lean toward the Japanese style because we want to stay standing and hold the high ground.

You teach karate but what is the difference between Karate and Tae Kwondo ?

Tae Kwon Do and Karate are both popular martial arts styles, but they have some significant differences.

One of the main differences between Tae Kwon Do and Karate is their origin. Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea, while Karate originated in Okinawa, Japan.

Another significant difference is the emphasis on kicks. Tae Kwon Do places a greater emphasis on kicking techniques, including high kicks and spinning kicks, while Karate emphasizes using the entire body to strike using the hand, elbow, knee, foot, and even the head.

The forms or patterns of movements that are practiced in each style are also different. Tae Kwon Do uses a series of forms known as poomsae, while Karate uses a series of forms known as kata.

Tae Kwon Do also tends to be more sport-oriented, focusing on competitions and tournaments, whereas Karate can focus more on self-defense techniques and traditional training methods.

Our instructors have trained in both styles and greatly respect the two styles and their differences.

I am in my 30's will I train with kids?

Definitely not. We have a class for teens and adults at 7:30 pm -8:30 pm Monday through  Thursday. All students have to be at least 13 years of age, and the pace and tone of the class is more adult themed. Many of our teenage students are very explosive in their techniques and quite mature.

I have a old injury and I am afraid to re injury myself but I always want to try martial arts can still train?

The answer will depend on the injury. We do believe that you must have physical contact in martial arts. With that said, we also consider previous injuries and or the age of a student. Take for instance, we won’t perform specific techniques on a student that over 65 or just had knee surgery. One of the things that we believe is you can do something standing like an armbar can also be done well as a grounded. Another example is if you can not bear too much weight, we try to strengthen you first and teach you techniques that have less of a strength component. Like a full hip throw vs a leg sweep, both will get the attacker on the ground. 

Will taking martial arts stop my child from being bullied at school?

The quick answer is No. Not in the first classes, it will take weeks to months for a child to seriously develop confidence and new mental acuity. The good thing is we know bullies only go for weak targets. Their confidence was broken once and now they’re in a vicious cycle. So, as our students get physically fit and confident, they learn to look up, answer directly and feel that they can survive any fight. They no longer seem appealing to bullies. So the answer is yes with time, we can make your child the last and worst choice for a bully.

What time of year is the best time to start martial arts?

The best time to start Martial Arts is any time that feels right for you. While it’s common for children to start at a young age, adults can start at any age and still benefit from the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of Martial Arts training. The most important factor is your personal readiness and willingness to commit to regular training. Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness, learn self-defense, build confidence, or simply try something new, starting Martial Arts can be a rewarding and life-changing experience. 

We use a rotating curriculum at our school so students reinforce all techniques, drills, and training exercises for each stage or belt. The benefit of a rotating curriculum is that it keeps the training fresh and interesting for students, helping to maintain their motivation and engagement. It also allows students to develop a broad range of skills and techniques, which can be helpful in a variety of situations. A rotating curriculum also helps to prevent boredom and burnout, which can be common when training in a repetitive or static curriculum. The best part is no matter when you enter it will all come full circle for each student.