If you’ve been thinking about starting Jiu Jitsu, you might have done a little bit of online research and discovered a variety of training options. Most Jiu Jitsu academies offer students a few different programs, including both group classes as well as private training.
So, how do you figure out which program is the best fit for you? Personal martial arts goals, along with your level of fitness and experience, will help you narrow it down.
If you’re leaning toward group training, but you’re still feeling a little nervous about getting started, here are just a few of the awesome things about group Jiu Jitsu classes:
Feeling like the new guy or girl in any group can be intimidating. However, what you’ll find with the Jiu Jitsu community is a group of supportive individuals and athletes who want you to benefit from the practice of Jiu Jitsu. Every person understands and respects what it feels like to be new. So rather than egos and exclusivity, you’ll find an inclusive group that will make you feel more comfortable instead of intimidated.
Anytime you train by yourself, it becomes all too convenient to focus on your strengths and neglect your weaknesses. On the other hand, group Jiu Jitsu training holds you accountable for all aspects of your practice, including the areas where you could improve. With the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor, you’ll be more likely to confront weaknesses and work on becoming a more well-rounded athlete.
Group Jiu Jitsu classes are made up of people who share similar interests to yours. Because of this, you’ll probably find it easy to form relationships with fellow students and make some new friends. Over time, your new friends and training partners will become a source of accountability for your martial arts training. If you miss a class or a few days of classes, someone will notice. You might get a text or a call asking when you’ll be back on the mats. These people will make even the most uncomfortable workout or training session much more enjoyable.