Welcome to the wonderful world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Its going to be great!
Common concerns relate to not having trained before, being too old or too small. None of these should be a concern.
Comfortable long sleeves and long tracksuit bottoms are fine for beginners. You don’t need any expensive Gi’s until you have decided this is for you.
We would advise anyone to be HONEST about their experience level and the specific martial arts they have trained in. We’ve had multi degree ‘jiu jitsu black belts’ insist on training in advanced classes only to have one of our blue belts submit them repeatedly which doesn’t help anyone. We want the appropriate class for everyone’s level.
For those coming to train with us for the very first time, please read the following advice and adhere to it. We are a friendly, open club but in order to make the environment as productive as possible for all students, we insist on a few ground rules for newcomers and their first time training with us. It may also help answer a few common questions you may have.
1) Timetables – we don’t publish a timetable and few who run MMA or BJJ gyms do but if you ever run one, you will understand why.
2) Please call ahead – on 07775 901452 or better still message us via our Facebook page or Google Maps listing prior to coming down, either to train or watch. Its always useful for us to speak first to assess your experience and which classes will be most appropriate to attend. We know then know to look out for you as well on the first time you try to find us.
3) Aim to arrive early! The first time you come down, aim to get here 15 minutes before the class is due to start. Firstly if you get lost, we have no problem helping you find us prior to class beginning. Secondly, we have a registration form that we need you to complete. Finally, if you do get lost, we do not answer calls once class has begun. Period.
4) Clothing – Again you don’t need a Gi the first few times you come down to train. We can usually lend you one anyway. Just wear comfortable training clothes with no zips.