A BJJ school is easy to find, but finding the right one can be a challenge. Thanks to the popularity of the UFC and other MMA leagues, it seems that every guy who knows how to apply a triangle is running a BJJ school out of his house.

Looking for a BJJ School

Here are some criteria that can help you choose your BJJ school:

1) Will This School Help Me Achieve My Goals?

Everyone comes to martial arts training with their own unique set of goals. Whether it’s competition, self-defense, fitness, or simply learning a new skill, everyone is looking for something specific. When evaluating BJJ schools, look closely at the teachers and students, and how they train. Some will help you reach your goals better than others.
2) Are The Instructors Qualified?

You’ll want a school run by a black belt.


3) R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Very important. Instructors and students should all be treating each other with respect in a well-run BJJ school. Respect for the art, respect for each other, and respect for discipline are the backbone of any martial arts academy. That’s not to say that you can’t joke around and have fun while studying at a BJJ school (it should be fun), but the energy on the mat should be positive.

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4) Will Training Become a Regular Part of my Life and Routine?

It goes without saying that you can’t improve and grow with your Jiu Jitsu if you’re not training on a regular basis. A BJJ school should be easy for you to get to, the energy there should be positive (so you’ll be encouraged to keep coming back), and you should see positive results from your training (in other words, your training is helping you achieve your goals).