Here are FIVE questions you should be asking before you join! Because EVERYone canuse a little help sometimes. 🙂
If you are new to Jiu Jitsu, choosing an academy can be hard! Due to literally HUNDREDS of martial arts, your choice are endless.
Because you are already stepping out of your comfort zone just by entering a new environment (Not to mention the anxiety that goes along with trying new things.) we have put a list of 5 things every Jiu Jitsu academy should provide!
While there are also a LOT of McDojo studios that are teaching something that they aren’t skilled in there are a few that can be trusted.
For example: Check THIS crap out! (click the blue link)
First of all, this is DANGEROUS! If they are not an expert in the art with a viable lineage, BEWARE!
LUCKILY THE THE INTERNET HAS EXPOSED THESE RACKETS WITH A SWEET SELECTION OF “YOUR MARTIAL ART VS MY MARTIAL ART” VIDEOS FOR QUICK RESEARCH ON WHAT WORKS AND WHAT IS CRAP. Seems like a quick search of “BJJ VS WHATEVER MARTIAL ART”, As a result BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU has CLEARLY revealed the dominant art.
To avoid these traps, here are five questions you should ask when choosing a Jiu Jitsu academy in your town.
1. Is the instructor a real BJJ Black Belt?
This is ULTRA important! Because a real jiu jitsu Black Belt has spent YEARS studying each belt and, as a result of this knows what it takes at each level of Jiu Jitsu. Furthermore, he has been there and has experienced frustrations and problems that you will run into. There should be curriculum to navigate your trouble spots and experienced students that can help. A real Black Belt will have a lineage of successful Black Belts before him dating back to the origins of Jiu Jitsu. These belts are RARE. As a result of this, many people have tried to FAKE their belt or have the highest rank in their gym teach.
2. Are There Beginner Classes?
A sign of a solid Jiu Jitsu academy is a Beginner Class. This shows that a curriculum is in place to help guide you safely and develop your Jiu Jitsu at a pace that allows you the freedom to explore and make mistakes without pressure. In addition to not learning the building blocks of saftey and technique, jumping directly into an advanced class can lead to injury and confusion resulting in an unpleasant experience.
3. Are the clients HAPPY and engaged?
A VERY important aspect of any Academy is the COMMUNITY! As a result of taining with each other on a daily basis, you will grow TIGHT bonds with your partners and classmates. As a result, there should be NO ego on the mat and EVERYONE should feel welcomed! Are the students engaged with what the instructor is showing or not focused? Are higher belts engaging with lower belts? Or, are the new students left to fend for themselves?
4. How often can I train?
You should be able to train as often as possible! Having a high skill level of Jiu Jitsu takes time and QUALITY training. Being able to train up to as often as possible is a MUST! If the academy only offers Jiu Jitsu a couple times a week, they are most likely not specialists!
5. Are there upper belts and does the Instructor Train with the Students?
A very good way to gauge a student’s progress is by training WITH them! If the instructor is not training with his students on a regular basis, THIS IS A RED FLAG! One of the BEST way to learn is by sparring and learning from someone with more experience than you! Because of this there SHOULD be upper belts (brown & black belts) that are willing to lend a hand and train with the beginner!
There are many places to choose from when looking for a martial art. DO YOUR RESEARCH! You wouldn’t go to a dentist to fix a broken finger. Find an Academy near you that fits this description and you’re on your way to reaching those goals you originally set for yourself!