Is Jiu Jitsu for You?
The following are some questions that you have to answer before you decide which school is right for your needs:
Do I want to train with a team or do I prefer training alone?
If you like being by yourself, then go ahead and choose one of the academies without a team. But if you want to train with others, then it’s time to think carefully about which academy is right for you.
How much time do you need to spend at each class?
Some academies offer classes every day, while other offer only once per week.
Which is better for you?
What kind of person do you want to become? Are you looking for someone who wants to learn self defense skills and compete in tournaments, or are you looking for someone who just enjoys learning new things and doesn’t care about competitions?
Do you have any special requirements?
If so, they must be reasonable. For example, if you’re a woman and would like to learn jiu jitsu from a female instructor, then that’s fine too. However, if you’re a man and don’t mind competing against women in tournaments, then the male academies might not be the place for you.
Will my budget allow me to travel anywhere? If yes, where will I go?
If no, then find out about the different locations that each academy has to offer.
These are just some of the questions that you need to ask yourself before making your decision. You might even want to write them down and see which answer comes up the most. In fact, it doesn’t hurt to do some research online as well. (If you don’t know how, just ask your friendly, neighborhood search engine. 😉
Once you’ve made your decision about which academy to join, go ahead and register. But don’t make any assumptions that you will get a free week of training or a discount for paying in advance. Some academies offer these perks while others do not, so do not presume anything.
Now that you have joined a jiu jitsu school, it is time for you to make another important decision–which gi (uniform) is right for you?
The first thing you will notice about different uniforms is the color. Some academies have black uniforms for their students while others have different colors, such as blue or white. The second thing you will notice is the style and cut of the gi. Some have long sleeves and legs, while others have short ones. There are also different cuts, such as traditional or a lighter version for the summer months.
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