Listed below are 5 questions BJJ beginners ask themselves. It is common to be confused and even doubt the process in the beginning. Take some time to read through and hopefully by the time you are done, you have a better understanding of it.

How Do I Even Start?

This is probably the most common question as we all have definitely asked it. How do we even start training? The obvious answer would be to enroll in a BJJ School. But how do we pick one? That should be the question you ask yourself. Honestly the best thing to do is research. Look at reviews. Check out their Facebook page and see how long they have been open. Never judge the school based on how expensive they are. You cannot put a price on quality training.

Is there a good instructor staff? Are they a positive presence outside of their academy?

How often should I train?

Great question to ask yourself. The answer isn’t an actual number though. You should start off with what you can physically and mentally handle. Overdoing it in the first month or so will be detrimental to your progress. If you are younger and can handle more than 3 times a week, then do it. If you are older and need more rest, make sure you incorporate rest days into your schedule. It is important to train based on your body’s ability to recover in the beginning.

What did I get myself in to?

Yes, you will ask this. It will not be easy to acclimate to the new journey you have embarked on. You may not be used to the structure of a BJJ Academy. This will be a bit of a culture shock in the beginning. The best way to overcome the bit of doubt you will feel in the beginning is to show up to class more. Immersing yourself into this new lifestyle will aid in expediting the acclimation process.

Am I going to stink at this?

Like in any learning environment, the learning curve in BJJ is different for everyone. There are people who were lifetime athletes who seem to pick up everything the first time they see it, and then there are hobbyists who never played a sport and take a while to add new techniques to their game. To answer this question, no you will not stink at BJJ. You may not be the most elite guy in the room, but simply by training you will not stink. Putting in the time on the mats and following the program set by your instructor will ensure progress. “It does not matter how fast you go as long as you do not stop”

How do I get better at BJJ?

Train! Train your body and your mind. When you are recovering physically, review your notes. When you are on the mats, train as hard as you can. The equation is simple. The more you train, the better you get.

That was 5 questions BJJ beginners ask themselves. If you are are looking to start training in BJJ and would like more information. Do not hesitate, call today 201-933-5134