Jiu Jitsu is for any individual who is willing to learn. In this martial art, you’ll learn the techniques of ground fighting while building confidence, self-discipline, and self-esteem.

But even if you’re willing to learn, it doesn’t mean that you’re not feeling nervous or intimidated. Or you might be curious about what to expect at your first martial arts class.

Here are a few tips for anyone who is new to martial arts and is feeling anxious about it:

1. Don’t worry about your current fitness level.

A lot of people think that before you even think about stepping onto a mat, you have to be in great shape. The truth is that martial arts is for every fitness level; it doesn’t matter where you start. Over time, your fitness will improve, but you don’t need to “be fit” before you start.

2. Remember that you’re a beginner.

If you show up for class and feel like you’re a half-step behind everyone else, don’t be too hard on yourself. Instead, try to keep an open mind and pay attention to yourself. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your instructor and the skills that you’re learning. You’re not going to become an expert after one class. It’s helpful to set realistic expectations around your progress as a beginner.

3. Don’t be surprised if you’re sore.

Martial arts training is a full-body workout. You’ll probably move and try things that your body has never done before. This all makes for a great workout, but it also means there is a strong possibility that it will make you sore. Soreness doesn’t mean that you did something wrong; it just means that you tried something new.