You’ve made the decision to take your first BJJ class. You’ve chosen the school you’ll attend, the time and date of a class, and maybe you searched online for some information about what BJJ entails. Congratulations! Making that decision to try a class is the first step in your BJJ journey, one that will hopefully stick with you for the rest of your life. Before you head out, let’s discuss some of the things you’ll want to keep in mind about becoming a BJJ student.
1. A BJJ class is a workout.
Though you may be fit and used to exercise types like Orangetheory or boot camps, BJJ is a different beast, physically. You’ll be using muscles you may not use in other classes, so don’t be discouraged if you’re finding it more difficult than you thought!
2. Expect to be sore.
Because BJJ uses techniques that aren’t included in a normal workout class, don’t be surprised if you wake up sore the next day. Don’t worry, though. Every class and sore muscle helps you get better moving forward.
3. You may get some bruises.
The physical nature of BJJ means that you, in addition to being sore, may wake up with some bumps and bruises. Again, take them as a sign of your progress, and know that it means you’re giving it your all!
4. BJJ is about community.
Going solo to the gym doesn’t usually include partner workouts or introductions, but BJJ does. Don’t be surprised if you’re paired up with someone you’ve never met or asked to introduce yourself in front of the class.
5. Don’t feel discouraged by your expectations.
BJJ is designed in a way that it doesn’t matter how big or small you are. So don’t let your preconceived notions about how strong or tall you are you down. All can excel in BJJ as long as they give it their all!
If you’re interested in giving BJJ a chance, contact us at Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We’ll make sure you get started on the right foot and help you excel in your practice moving forward!