It’s normal to feel nervous, the unknown can be daunting. Knowing what to expect from your first class can help you mentally prepare and feel ready for the first step in your Jiu-Jitsu journey!
You’ll want to arrive 15 minutes before the class starts, we’ll look after you and make you feel welcome the second you walk through the door. When you arrive there will be a form for you to fill in while we grab a uniform for you to put on. Don’t worry, we’ll give you a hand with how to tie your belt if you’ve never done it before.
What to Bring
You won’t be expected to own your own uniform for your trial class, you just need to make sure that you have a t- shirt that you can wear underneath one. Make sure to bring a spare that you can change into after, you’ll be working hard and may get sweaty!
You’ll also need a bottle of water for the same reason.
While we are barefoot on the mats, footwear is required everywhere else in the academy. You’ll see most of our students walking around in sliders or flip flops, they make leaving the mat for any reason quick and easy!
It’s also important to note what not to wear, don’t wear anything with extra pockets, belt loops, or baggy fabric. We don’t want our training partner’s fingers to get caught.
Please remove any piercings and jewellery before the class to prevent injuries. If you wear glasses then please feel free to pop them on to watch the technique, but you’ll have to take them off when practising! Make sure to cut your toenails and fingernails, and if you have long hair then you’ll want to tie it up out of the way.
Your First Class
We always bow whenever we get on or off the mat, so have a bow and join the line with your new training partners. It’ll be in rank order and our Programme Director will show you where to stand. The Professor will start the class and everyone will spread out for the warm up! It’s the same every time so you’ll get used to some of the trickier moves, but we’ll make sure one of our students helps you out.
Our classes are an hour long and always follow the same structure, so you’ll start with a self-defence technique followed by 2 Jiu-Jitsu ground techniques. You’ll be paired up with one of our more experienced students who will look after you and make sure you understand the moves. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, our Professors are always happy to answer any you may have!
The class will finish with some positional sparring, where you’ll be working with each other with a bit more resistance. This isn’t a full round starting from standing and you won’t be going 100% with each other! Your partner will look after you and it’s a good opportunity to try and get the techniques to work without them complying. This part gets easier with the more classes you come to and more BJJ you learn, just focus on trying to execute the technique you learned in the class!
We end the class with a bow to Grand Master Carlos and a bow to each other.
It’s perfectly normal to feel exhausted after your first BJJ class, even for the most in shape people! Grappling is hard work and it will take a while for your body to get used to it. It’s a fantastic way to get fit and an amazing feeling when you start to get the techniques to work!
Once you’ve come in and taken that first big step into your Jiu-Jitsu journey, you’ll wish you had done it sooner!