Jan 2, 2014
So it’s a new year and you have been thinking about giving Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a try, but are intimidated by the thought of going to class the first time. Well, as a school owner and instructor I can tell you one of the hardest things you will do in your BJJ journey is to walk into the school for the first time, but that leap of faith will change your life forever.
This short blog is for people just like you. I hope I can give you a little insight into what you can expect on your first day, and also help you with some good questions to ask when you are researching which school you would like to commit to.
In the today’s world revolved around Google for information, this is likely where the majority of people will start their search for a place to learn and train. I will say don’t be fooled by thinking that the school who is always at the top of the search is for certain the best school. It is much easier to be an expert at Google Ad Words than it is an expert in a martial art. Take a look at the websites for all the schools in your area, and read the instructor’s bios, as well as browse pictures and read testimonials if there are any. You can get a feel for the type of people that run the school, and the type of people that train there by these things. Be sure you are looking at an actual BJJ school, or program, and not a watered down version at a mma or kickboxing gym. Now, many times all these disciplines are taught under the same roof, and there is no problem with that, but make sure that whoever is running the BJJ aspect of things actually has the credentials to do so. The instructor should be able to list who they have trained under, and who has promoted them to each belt. If the instructor is not a black belt, make sure you can find information on the black belt that they study under, and make sure they bring that person in on at least a yearly basis. In the search process remember that it is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and not Gracie Jiu Jitsu. A lot of people use the Gracie name to build their school. The Gracie family has done a ton to help popularize and grow the art/sport, and in some regards invented it, but are not the only family, team or organization who can teach, and have an in depth knowledge of it. Continue reading »