If you’re thinking about trying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) for the first time, you might be wondering what to expect. At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Winder (Team Pedro Sauer), we understand that trying something new can be nerve-wracking, which is why we want to give you a sneak peek into what your first BJJ class will be like. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything from the warm-up to the techniques you’ll learn and even what you should wear. By the end of this article, you’ll be ready to step onto the mat with confidence and excitement. So, let’s dive in and find out what to expect at your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) class.
When we started our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) program at Master Pattillo Martial Arts, there was a buzz of excitement in the air. My adult students were excited to add Jiu-Jitsu to their martial arts training. The moms and dads of my kids program were excited to give the class a try, too.
On top of that, I was excited to have Adam Bowen, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in the Pedro Sauer Association, teaching classes at my studio. Adam is a super nice guy who is very knowledgeable about Jiu-Jitsu.
Of course, I was really excited to have super-convenient access to top notch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes!
A few weeks before classes started, I received a call from someone interested in our classes who seemed pretty excited about signing up but wanted to know something very important…
In fact, he had several questions about classes. It helped me understand that others might want to know the answers to his questions, too. So I’ll be covering these questions and answers as part of a series. Check out Part 2 – The Best Attitude to Have When Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Part 1 – What to Expect at Your First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Class
When you walk into Master Pattillo Martial Arts for the first time you’ll be greeted by one of our staff. We will get you registered (if you’re not already). It’s always a good idea to arrive early to your first BJJ class. This will give you time to fill out any necessary paperwork, get acquainted with the staff and other students, and ask any questions you may have before class begins.
We’ll explain our super-easy attendance system and you’ll be ready to step on the mat.
Typically class starts with a brief warm up that includes some light cardio and stretching. We may do some movement drills, as well. Typically, this section of class lasts about 10 – 15 minutes.
Next, we will work on the various skills and techniques that we are focusing on for that day. These usually include self-defense techniques from standing positions, techniques from the ground, and positional techniques to help you get from a vulnerable position to one in which you’re better able to control a fight. Usually, we’ll spend 45-60 minutes on this portion of class.
We realize that starting something new can be a little intimidating. Our goal is to make our Beginner classes as beginner-friendly as possible. Students are supportive of one another, and the instructors and senior students are there to help guide you through each technique.
After class, experienced students often stay to “roll” for 30 minutes. Rolling is the BJJ term for sparring – like practice fighting done with certain safety measures in place.
During the Introductory Program, one of our staff members will go over our membership options and set you up with a uniform (often call a “gi” – rhymes with “knee” and starts with a hard “g” like “gum” or “good”).
The Most Important Thing
Many people sign up for Jiu-Jitsu because of all the incredible benefits of training in BJJ. Whether it’s to build confidence, improve your overall fitness level, learn self-defense, or simply to have fun, we want new students to feel comfortable and confident when they step on the mat for the first time.
Jiu-Jitsu schools can vary a lot in teaching style, whether there is a curriculum, and teaching focus (such as sport vs. self-defense).
The most important thing is to spend time observing the instructor as well as the other students. Are they supportive and helpful to the new students? Is there a curriculum you can follow to ensure you’re getting a solid foundation in the necessary basics? Does the school focus on the things you’re interested in?
Stay tuned for Part 2 – The Best Attitude to Have When Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).
Matt Pattillo is the owner of Master Pattillo Martial Arts in Winder, GA and Jiu-Jitsu Winder. A 6th Degree Black Belt in Karate, and head instructor since 2001, Master Pattillo has taught thousands of kids and adults in Barrow County, GA