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What to Expect in Jiu Jitsu

It is no joke when you want to learn a martial art. After all, many students do it so they are able to defend themselves. But what can you expect in Jiu Jitsu?

Getting into any physical activity like Jiu Jitsu is a great way to keep your body fit. You can expect improvements in your endurance, strength and speed and with all the stretching exercises, you will become very flexible.

When you are attacked, the training provided will enable you to handle a certain amount of pain so you will be able to overcome it and have the strength to fight back. You will learn this in class by falling, rolling and being thrown to the ground. Those who are just starting will only join the main class when they feel comfortable.

In essence, beginners of Jiu Jitsu will learn 4 basic things namely basic hold and escapes, basic throwing arts, grappling arts and advanced combination arts. As you move up to another belt, other things are taught like how to defend yourself against knife and gun attacks, a system of resuscitation and restorative massage techniques.

The only way you can move to another belt class is to pass certain requirements and then demonstrate these skills in front of your instructor. If you pass, then you will be given the next color. Those who don’t make it should practice where they went wrong so this will not happen again.

If this is your first time to walk into a gym, someone from the club will introduce you to the school and inform you of the rules that you have to follow once you step in the door. An example of this is bowing each time you enter through the door and when you set your foot on the mat which should also be done at the end of each class or when you leave the gym.

Another is properly addressing the instructor even if he or she may be younger than you. You have to remember that these individuals worked their way up the ladder to reach the color of their belt.

Should you buy a Gi or uniform before joining a class? Not yet unless you already signed up in the program. If you haven’t, you will be allowed to come in wearing a shirt and pants during the first few sessions and then get the official attire later on.

But what if you are already experienced in another martial art and want to learn Jiu Jitsu? If that is the case, someone from the gym will talk to you about your previous martial arts experience before integrating you to the rest of the class.

Aikido and Judo are similar to Jiu Jitsu so you don’t have to start again with a white belt but if you know Tae Kwon Do or Karate, you will have to start from the bottom and soon experience something that you have never done before.

There are a lot of things you can expect when you enroll in Jiu Jitsu. At the end of each class, you will fill refreshed and relieved even if you just had an exhausting day at the office. Aside from mastering the art of defending oneself, you will learn to have self-confidence, self-control, self-discipline and respect for others.

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