What To Expect During Your First BJJ Class
Before the Class
To state the obvious, the most important thing you have to note is you have to be prepared. This isn't only speaking about your gear and equipment, however, if you're unsure whether you have everything you need, we have a comprehensive list for you right on our website. To add to that, you should keep your physical appearance as neat as possible. If you have long hair, it should be tied or clipped, you should take off any accessories or jewellery, and preferably you should go makeup-free because of the sweating that will occur. Speaking of sweating, expect to sweat a lot, which in turn will make you thirsty. Keep your towels and water bottles handy.
Moreover, you also need to be mentally prepared. Now that you've come this far into preparing your training to know that you're on the same page as everyone else who's taking the class with you. We all strive for mindfulness and physical fitness, and there's no need to feel anxious or intimidated. First time jitters are fine, but you can trust that your community will have your back, and this isn't a competition. You don't have to be in peak physical condition or know everything that's going to happen during your class. All you need is to keep an open mind and remember to be patient because this is a long journey.
During the Class
Leave all feelings of silliness at the door, and be an eager student. Your trainer will be more than happy to help, and it's vital that beforehand, you put your full trust in your trainer to teach you what they know efficiently. Keep an attentive eye, and don't be afraid to replicate what your trainer showed you. Throughout all stages of the training, keep an open mind and learn to relax. The goal of learning BJJ isn't to attack or offend, certainly not during the beginning. Build your strength, because, during your first few classes, it's definitely more about mindfulness.
Classes are typically divided into three parts: warmup, drilling, and sparring. For first timers, it already seems like a rigorous exercise, but you just have to get through the warmup, and everything else will follow smoothly. Your body will be conditioned for the future sparring (and rolling, though that can only happen when you're finally comfortable doing it) by doing warmups, and then you will be taught the basic techniques during the drills. You'll eventually be paired off with another student when it comes to sparring, and your eagerness should also extend to your partner interactions. Voice out your opinions or concerns, and work together in a way that sharpens both of your skills. It's never a fight, so nothing you do should escalate into actual physical violence.
After the Class
Cooling down doesn't take much effort, but you should definitely not skip this after class. Take your time stretching your muscles out (but be careful to not over-stretch yourself, only follow what your trainer has instructed in order to keep your body from being sore the next day), rehydrate as much as you can, and if you have questions, don't be afraid to approach your trainer after his closing remarks. If you haven't felt as though you've made much progress, don't be afraid to voice those opinions out. Entering the world of BJJ is a personal journey, and everyone progresses at their own pace, and if you want to adjust your speed, your trainer will be more than happy to guide you.