It’s not abnormal to have a whole load of thoughts going through your head before coming to your first BJJ class. In this article, we aim to cover the main steps and things you’re likely to encounter in your first session. If you have any questions, feel free to get in contact. We pride ourselves in providing the best Logan BJJ classes at TFC.
Upon arriving for your first class with us at TFC, you will need to fill out some paperwork. We suggest you arrive roughly 10 minutes before the scheduled session begins. It is important that we know about your prior experience, health status and have you sign a disclaimer regarding any potential injuries that may occur in our training centre. We do our best to ensure our training and the environment we provide instruction in is as safe as possible. Injuries are relatively uncommon in BJJ which is surprising given the nature of the sport. To ensure you stay safe, make sure to follow the rules and tap early if necessary, ego tends to be the catalyst for most injuries.
2 Small tour of facilities
We want you to feel at comfortable in our Logan BJJ classes at TFC! It really is considered a home away from home for many of our students. What better way to get you settled in than by showing you around? You’ll be shown all of the facilities available to you, including the mats where BJJ instruction takes place and the changing rooms where you’ll find running showers and toilet facilities.
3 How to line up
Before a session begins, all the students that will be taking part in our Logan BJJ class must line up side by side. There is a particular order you must follow and this is based on the colour of your belt. Being your first day, you’ll be a white belt, so find your spot among the other white belts.
Tip: Before lining up you will need to do your belt for your gi (if you’ve attended a gi class), this is often quite a struggle for the beginner practitioner. Check out this video on doing your belt so you can practice before you come to train and impress your instructor when you get it right perfectly ‘first time’.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) descends from its Japanese predecessor Judo. The showing of respect plays a significant role in Japanese culture and this is also apparent in BJJ. Before entering the training area, you are to bow as a sign of respect for the sanctuary you are entering. Repeat this whenever leaving/coming back to the mat. Bowing also takes place at the beginning when your instructor will bow to all the students and they will bow back before the warm-up begins. Lastly, before the session is completely finished, you will once again bow to each one of your teammates.
5 Warm up
The warm-up is an essential part of BJJ training. Preparing your body for the load that you will be putting on your body is important. Some of the activities in the warm-up consist of general stretching, light cardio (jogging) and bodyweight exercises.
Drills are BJJ specific techniques that you do to get your body ready for the particular type of movements that the martial art requires of you. These are done before you are taught a technique for that day’s session.
Tip: Don’t worry if some of the drills seem impossible! We’ve all been there, give it time and try your best. You’ll be rolling over shoulders backwards and mastering the standup technique in no time.
7 Technique with partner
The entire class will be given the opportunity to rehydrate once drills are done. Try not to spend any more time than is necessary off the mats. The session will re-commence after the water break, with the instructor showing a particular technique that you will be learning that session. This is often broken up into parts so that the student isn’t overwhelmed by the entire technique in one go! Once the steps have been demonstrated, you’ll be given the opportunity to pair up with a partner and practice on each other.
Practising techniques with your partner is a great way to get to grips with new techniques. However, rolling allows you to attempt to execute the technique in a simulated fight scenario. You’ll be paired up with a partner and when told to, commence ‘rolling’. Before you engage with your partner, make sure to slap palms and bump the fist of the same hand.
Tip: You will be simulating a controlled fight scenario with a partner, as controlled as it is, people are people and injuries may happen. Do yourself a giant favour, both for your bank balance and your aesthetic appeal by buying a decent mouthguard to protect your teeth.
FAQ 1 Do I need experience
No prior experience is needed to take part in our Logan BJJ classes. We have tailored our classes to be easily accessible for all students. We all started as a white belt with no stripes, don’t let that hold you back from striving towards your potential.
FAQ 2 Will I get hurt
Just like any sport there is potential for injury. We do our very best to ensure that this doesn’t happen, but no certainties can be given. As long as you are following the instructions your trainer is giving you and being respectful of your training partner, you should be okay!
FAQ 3 What if I cant do something
Some techniques are quite tricky and take a while to get to grips with let alone master. Other times you might just be having an off day and techniques that you can normally do quite easily don’t seem to be working quite right. In either case, you’re among friends. So don’t worry about it! Just try your best and know that is enough.
FAQ 4 Do I need to roll
It is not mandatory to roll if you come to our Logan BJJ classes. However, you will find that you are missing out on a significant part of the learning process by skipping this stage. We understand rolling can be a bit daunting. Let us know if you’re feeling a bit concerned about it, we can pair you up with a more experienced student who will ease you into the experience.
FAQ 5 Do I need to wear a gum shield
Due to the nature of the sport, body parts can go astray. What may have simply ended up as a bump on the lips could end up with you losing a tooth if you don’t wear a gum shield. It’s up to you whether you think the risk is worth it or not. We think not. Purchase a gum shield from our store in the training centre if you don’t already have one.
FAQ 6 What if I get paired with someone bigger
This happens from time to time, depending on how many students show up and who has been paired with who. In actual fact, this is an excellent opportunity. It allows you to improve your game far more than if you were paired with someone your own size/strength. BJJ has been designed for the smaller more technical fighter to be able to prevail over the bigger opponent. Remain calm, do your best to apply your techniques and in time you’ll be welcoming the bigger stronger opponents with confidence.
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