Most of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students at Gracie Barra in Central Richmond can remember their first day of class. There is something exciting about buying your first Gi and putting on your rash guard that makes BJJ feel “official.” Attending class and learning the fundamentals with other students is also a turning point. For many students, this is the day they fell in love with BJJ. Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is proud to welcome students from across South Vancouver and Richmond as they begin their journey into the world of martial arts. Here are our tips to help set you up for success from day one:
Show Up Ready to Learn
Show up to your first class with an open mind and an open heart. You must be willing to listen to your teacher and do as you are asked in order to make progress. Our instructors have been where you are and understand the struggles that come with getting started. Trust that the instructions you receive are given for a reason. Ultimately, they will help guide you toward success.
It’s a waste of time to learn a technique in class only to forget it later that week. Practice your techniques regularly for best results. Many of our students take multiple classes per week to fine-tune their skills, while others prefer to practice at home. We recommend using Jiu-Jitsu to complement your regular workout routine and enhance your skills overall.
Be Patient with Yourself
You may have seen TV shows or movies where a student learned martial arts quickly. Maybe a montage played with motivational music while the student practiced moves in picturesque destinations. You could probably guess that real life is not like the movies. The biggest mistake a new BJJ practitioner can make is assuming that it’s easy to progress in this sport. It takes five to eight years of consistent training to achieve a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Earning the belt is its own reward because you’ll know you have put in the time and the effort required to compete.
Own Your Rank
Whether your belt is white, blue, black, or something in between, your belt color does not hold any inherent value. You don’t acquire defense tactics or the ability to compete simply by putting on a black belt. This is why it is so important to be honest with yourself about your skills. Progress at your own speed and allow yourself to accept instructions from people who have practiced Jiu-Jitsu longer than you have. This is how you will grow, learn and gain respect in the BJJ community.
Overtraining has several drawbacks: lack of focus, exhaustion, and even injury. Don’t feel guilty about taking time off because this is also part of your BJJ practice. If you notice yourself slipping, don’t ignore it. Be gentle with yourself and allow your body enough time to heal. A small break now could save you months of down time later.
Keep Your Goals in Mind
Stop for a moment and think about your “why.” Maybe you signed up for BJJ because you thought it would make you smarter, faster or more attractive, only to learn that you liked it for different reasons. Maybe today, you practice Jiu-Jitsu to model good behavior for your children, learn self-defense or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Everyone’s “why” will be different, but they are all equally important to our health and Jiu-Jitsu practice. Find your “why” and allow it to motivate you toward success.
When you make the choice to train Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra in Central Richmond, you join a community of like-minded people who all want to share their passion for martial arts. Contact us today to try a free class and begin your journey toward success!