A grappling-based martial art, the aim of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to force your opponent into submission with joint locks and chokes. The focus is on technique and leverage allowing a smaller person to defeat a stronger opponent. BJJ is often described as a “physical game of chess” due to its depth and technical nature.
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What to expect at your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) class starts with a warm-up designed to get you moving and developing skills through drills which are essential to BJJ. More than likely you haven’t done some of these movements before, that’s okay, this class is designed for beginners.
Following the warm-up, the instructor shows you a technique such as side-control, a joint lock or choke. You and your partner will then go practice this technique. We try to partner new students with more experienced students and the instructor always comes around to help. We then regroup, ask questions then go back and try again.
Towards the end of the class, we do specific training. This is where you try the technique live in a safe environment. There is no striking involved and you have the ability to tap at any time.
Preparing for your first class
Meeting the coach
What to wear
- gym gear and a shirt you don’t mind if it gets stretched
- hair elastic for long fair
- remove any jewellery before class
- we will supply a clean gi and belt
- If you have a gi from a previous gym feel free to wear
- please cut finger and toe nails