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Are you new to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Here is what to expect when you begin training.
by BJA Instructor Rob Magao

Walking in the door and trying any martial art for the first time can be a little intimidating for most people. Here are some things that you should expect when coming in for a class. You will want to arrive about 15 minutes early to met with the instructor, get a tour of the facility, take care of some paperwork and get changed. You will want to notify the instructor if you have any medical conditions or pre-existing injuries before training. We have two types of attire you will wear depending on if the class you are trying is a “GI” or “No-Gi” class.

In a “gi” class, students wear the traditional Jiu-Jitsu uniform called a “gi” or “Kimono”. This uniform is used to teach students how to use clothing against their opponent in a fight. Students learn a variety of take-downs, pins, chokes, reversals and submissions that utilize the gi. If you don’t have your own gi we have a few at the dojo for people to wear when they try a class. If you sign up for classes you will need your own gi. We have uniforms in stock in our pro shop. A decent gi that will last you a while will cost about $80.

For a “no-gi” class, students wear shorts and a tee shirt. No gi grappling is known as “submission grappling”. This type of training teaches you to deal with an opponent that has very little clothing on other than shorts. This eliminates being able to control your opponent by holding their clothing and forces students to learn to control their opponent by utilizing the body’s natural handles such as the wrist, elbow, neck and legs.

To be a well-rounded grappler it is best to learn both sides (gi and no-gi). You will also need to have a mouth piece, groin protection and a water bottle is a good idea too.

A typical class usually begins with some type of warm-ups or conditioning drills. We scale the drills to fit the level of each student in the class. We don’t expect you to come in doing 100 push-ups and carrying the biggest guy in the class around the room 10 times. But those are nice goals to have should you stay.

After warm-ups the instructor will teach a series of techniques. Each student will then partner up with someone in the class and drill the techniques cooperatively with each other, working on technique.

The last part of class will be “randori” or “live grappling” among the students. This is where students will go head to head against each other and try to use what they have learned in class to control and submit their training partner. This is done in a safe, ego free environment and the goal is to help each other get better at Jiu-Jitsu. By training against a live resisting opponent every class, students improve quickly and are able to use what they have learned in real situations much faster then if they only drill the techniques statically.

After class students typically linger around the dojo, training and socializing together. By becoming a member of our school you will meet many new people and create friendships that will last a lifetime. It will become your extended family in many ways.

While the main focus of our academy is learning BJJ, students will also learn techniques from a variety of martial arts over the course of training. Techniques and drills from Wrestling, Judo, Traditional Jujitsu, Muay Thai and Boxing as well as conditioning skills from our certified Cross-Fit Trainers will add to your curriculum to create a well rounded martial artist.

Whether your goals are to get in shape, lose weight, protect yourself or your family or compete in BJJ, Judo or MMA competitions we can help you achieve your goals!

Good luck and hope to see you on the mat!

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