If you are a newbie, it’s helpful to know what to wear for your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class and what other protocols you need to observe.
It’s a good idea to turn up at least ten minutes before the class starts. This will give you time to meet your instructor and find out what to expect. You may even have the chance to talk to some of the students to see what they enjoy about the sport.
If you haven’t heard of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) before, it is a self-defence martial art which is primarily used for sport with a focus on grappling, unlike Japanese jujitsu which is more suitable for real-life combat situations.
Many martial arts centres in Essex and across the UK offer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes
Attending a new class for the first time can be daunting. What do you wear? How do you know if you’ll enjoy it? What does all the terminology mean? Although it may seem scary, it can also be great fun!
Keep reading below to find out all about attending a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, from what you should wear to what you’ll be doing:
What to Wear to Your First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class
Before you attend your first class, you’ll need to find out what you need to wear. Most classes do not expect beginners to wear a GI – the standard martial arts clothing – on their first time, but that doesn’t mean that you should turn up in jeans and a shirt. Instead, you should wear loose-fitting clothing like jogging bottoms or loose shorts and a T-shirt. You need to make sure that you:
- Don’t wear clothes that have pockets
- Don’t wear clothes that are too tight
- Don’t wear clothes that have baggy parts to them
- Don’t wear a belt
- Don’t wear shoes – Jiu-jitsu instructors will ask you to take your shoes off when you enter the DOJO (the room where the class is being held), so it’s a good idea to wear slip-on shoes or sandals
- Avoid wearing jewellery
If you already own protective gear, then it might be a good idea to take it with you, although you’re unlikely to need it for your first few lessons. Once you have gotten into the swing of things and you intend to carry on attending class, you will need to invest in a BJJ GI. Check out sites like Valor where you’ll find a variety of GIs to suit every budget.
Before You Attend
Lots of us find it daunting to attend a new class, so before you attend, it’s a good idea to contact the instructor to find out a little bit more information. Most good instructors will let you attend and watch a class before they expect you to join in. This gives you a chance to see what you will be doing, and it will also give you an idea of whether you’ll enjoy it or not.
If you’re excited by the prospect of starting a new class and want to get stuck in, then it’s also a good idea to find out what’s expected of you before you turn up.
One thing your instructor will expect is that you have trimmed your fingernails and toenails, so do this before you go. This is to make sure that you don’t injure yourself or anyone else while you’re fighting.
Tips for Your First Class
Before attending your first class, it’s a good idea to have an idea of some of the rules and some of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu terminology. We’ve included some of the main ones below:
- Bow when you enter and exit the room (the DOJO)
- Bow before you walk onto the mat
- When an instructor (SENSI) is talking, you need to sit down (SEIZE) and listen
- Ask permission before leaving the mat
- Shake hands with your opponent
- Listen – don’t talk over your instructor
Attending your first Brazilian jiu-jitsu class can be a lot of fun, but lots of us find it daunting, particularly if we don’t know what to wear or what to expect. If you’re still unsure of what to wear, then it’s a great idea to contact your local instructor. They’ll be able to advise you on what’s safe and what to avoid.