“I’m nervous for my first BJJ Class! What should I expect?
Getting your hands on something that isn’t familiar is probably the most difficult thing to deal with for a couple of reasons: You absolutely have no idea where to start, you lack the knowledge, you don’t know what to expect and that is fair enough.
I’m not sure if you have heard of it or not but I am sure you will agree with the statement that says: “Once something is set in motion, it will continue to be in motion unless it hits an object.”
The same thought can be applied when you are starting to learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ. The most difficult part of the art is actually making the decision to train. The benefits of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu far outweigh the initial fear in most respects. It is a beautiful martial art and is created for literally everyone.
So, to help you in build your confidence in stepping out of your comfort zone to start your first Jiu-Jitsu training, here are 5 practical tips to keep in mind.
Everything is new and that’s OK
Jiu-Jitsu is a ground-based form of fighting, so unless you tried similar sports like wrestling or Judo, everything is going to be a new experience for you. Think of BJJ like you are learning a new language, because in most aspects, it is.
Technique conquers all
No other martial art embodies this code than BJJ. Helio Gracie, one of the founding fathers of the martial art revolved his whole style around this mantra. The beauty of BJJ is in the fact that practically anyone can use it regardless of gender, age and body type. While most people think that going against a “jacked tough guy” is intimidating, wait until you get to roll against a 135-pound purple belt!
It never gets easy
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a very honest martial art. The truth about your technique is revealed the moment you slap hands and roll with someone experienced. This is the case when you start training, and it will continue to be the case as you move up the ranks. Embrace the grind and just roll! You’ll be surprised how good you become once a new guys steps on the mats.
Mind your hygiene
Rolling around the mats with a stranger can honestly be icky in itself, so it is super important that your hygiene should be on point. Take a shower, trim your nails and brush your teeth before you enter the dojo. No excuses. You wouldn’t want to be called the “Smelly guy”, right?
Training partners are essential to growth
Regardless of your rank and experience, everyone WANTS you to be there believe it or not! The only way to get better in BJJ is to test yourself with as many styles as possible. So don’t hesitate to roll as much as you can, with as many people as you can.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is absolutely one of the most addicting martial arts out there. There’s something about rolling around with other people that makes you feel like a kid again! If you are reading this and wondering if BJJ is for you, I suggest you stick to it for at least a couple of months. It’s challenging as I’ve said before, but the satisfaction of doing a move against a tough training partner really is something else.