In 2016, nearly 3.58 million people in the U.S. over the age of six participated in martial arts training. While there are numerous martial arts disciplines to choose from, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (also known as BJJ) has become one of the most popular. But if you’re brand new to BJJ, it’s easy to feel intimidated when you walk into the studio. The truth is that everyone starts somewhere — and it helps to have some tips to follow when you’re first beginning this journey. We’ll cover just a few of those tips in today’s post.
Find the Right Instructor
There are many martial arts studios out there, but not every one will provide the kind of training you need. You’ll want to do your research and check out the top-rated studios for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Portland has to provide. You may even want to sit in on a class or seek out personal references from those who have gone through this experience before. The reality is that not all studios or instructors are created equal; some may not be the right fit for you, as a beginner, which may cause you to feel discouraged. You’ll want to look for a class that makes you feel welcomed and an instructor that gives you the personalized attention you require when you’re first starting out.
Come In Prepared
If you’ve never attended a BJJ class before, it helps to know how to prepare beforehand. First, it’s important to confirm whether the class requires participants to wear a Gi (a martial arts kimono). Some classes will allow you to borrow one, while others let students wear their own clothes. Keep in mind that jewelry or clothing with zippers or buttons can present a safety hazard and will not be allowed. You should also bring along water to stay hydrated and to tie back long hair. Aim to arrive early so that you do not miss warm-ups and do not come to class overly tired or famished. If you come in with a ready mind and body, you’ll feel a lot more prepared to take in everything covered in class.
Focus on Building Trust
When you come into the studio, your ego should be left at the door. In BJJ, there’s really no room for that here, even when you’re no longer a beginner. The foundation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is trust. That’s how you’ll build your skills and become an effective partner. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to trust someone who only puts themselves first or thinks they know everything before they even get started. Put your trust in your instructors and in your own abilities — and don’t be afraid to learn from your mistakes.
It’s daunting to try out a brand new sport, but much of your success will center around your state of mind. By following these tips, you’ll be in a much more positive mindset and will be ready to take on anything you encounter during your Jiu Jitsu course. To learn more, please contact us today.