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What To Expect In Your First Jiu Jitsu Class?

Starting your fitness routine can be a tad overwhelming. It’s natural to be a little nervous about your first class. You may even feel intimidated among experienced and toned Jiu Jitsu students at Elite MMA.

But don’t get daunted. Remember, Jiu Jitsu depends on techniques, not on size, strength, or speed. Come with an open and relaxed mind to learn something new. Arrive at least 15 minutes early before the class starts. Get changed, meet the instructor and get acquainted with any important gym rules. Most lessons consist of a warm up, drilling and free sparring (once you are approved by the instructor that it is safe for your partner and for yourself) that will consist of skill-specific rules. Your instructor will guide you through the session and keep you safe. At the end of the class as you do a cool down, just sit there and feel the endorphins of accomplishment rush through your veins.

We welcome you and enjoy your first Elite MMA Jiu Jitsu Houston class

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What Will Your Learn In Your Jiu Jitsu Class?

Your first Elite MMA Jiu Jitsu Houston class will begin with a short warm-up session. The warm-up is intended to get your body ready for the intense Jiu Jitsu activities. Since many of you may be taking your first ever Mixed Martial Arts class, the warm-up is crucial to loosen the muscles and joints. It also prevents excessive soreness after the class. The warm-up includes running laps, pushups, and some new ones such as bear crawls and shrimping drills. Our instructors will guide you at every step. Once your body is ready, you will be paired with a moderately advanced student. The instructor will guide you on the Jiu Jitsu techniques that are being taught that day as well as their applications. You will practice these moves with your assigned partner. At the end of the session, you will do cool-down stretching exercises to relax your muscles again. The warm-ups and warm-downs are essential for every Jiu Jitsu class. If you have any questions, you can ask your instructor in the last few cooling off minutes.
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What Will You Learn In Your Jiu Jitsu Class?

Your first Elite MMA Jiu Jitsu Houston class will begin with a short warm-up session. The warm-up is intended to get your body ready for the intense Jiu Jitsu activities. Since many of you may be taking your first ever Mixed Martial Arts class, the warm-up is crucial to loosen the muscles and joints. It also prevents excessive soreness after the class. The warm-up includes running laps, pushups, and some new ones such as bear crawls and shrimping drills. Our instructors will guide you at every step.

Once your body is ready, you will be paired with a moderately advanced student. The instructor will guide you on the Jiu Jitsu techniques that are being taught that day as well as their applications. You will practice these moves with your assigned partner.

At the end of the session, you will do cool-down stretching exercises to relax your muscles again. The warm-ups and warm-downs are essential for every Jiu Jitsu class. If you have any questions, you can ask your instructor in the last few cooling off minutes.

What Should You Bring To Your First Jiu Jitsu Class?

If you aren’t used to mixed martial arts or any heavy activity, even the first Jiu Jitsu class will leave you sweaty and dehydrated. But, by the end of the hour-long intense session, you will feel fitter than when you walked in.

We recommend that you bring the following for your first Jiu Jitsu class:

–      Workout clothes (T-shirt and board shorts)

–      Water/sports drink

–      Protective gear such as mouthguard 

If you prefer to learn in your own gi or kimono, you can bring it in. We also have gi or kimonos that you can borrow when you come to your class.

We have learned that you are more likely to stick to something if you do it with a buddy. 

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Jiu Jitsu Class Format

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Every Jiu Jitsu class is designed to ensure beginners start off with the right skills. The instructors will take it slow and allow your body to get accustomed to beginner Jiu Jitsu movements. The techniques you learn are the ones used in live matches. What you see is exactly what you learn.

This is how your first class will progress:

Warm-up                                        7 min

First Technique Intro                   3-5 min

Technique Practice                     5 min

Second Technique Intro             3-5 min

Technique Practice                     5 min

 Break                                            2 min

 Third Technique Intro                3-5 min

Technique Practice                     5 min

Fourth Technique Intro               3-5 min

Technique Practice                     5 min

Warm down                                  5 min

The instructors will provide in-depth explanations for each technique such as clinching, takedowns, back control, choke submissions, arm locks, mount control, positional drilling, passing the guard, side control, rolling, etc. 

Safety first around here! We will pair you up with our more advanced students at first so that they can help you learn the techniques and get you up to speed so that you can “roll” as soon as possible. Giving is a big part of our culture here, we believe it is the advanced students job to get the new students real good real quick! Sort of a Mr Miyagi thing!

It allows you to put the techniques you just learned to practice. But if you don’t feel up for it, you can take the time to watch other advanced-level students and practice when ready.

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FAQ'S ABOUT JIU JITSU

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a type of mixed martial arts (MMA). You can learn it as a sport or as a fitness regime or for self-defense. Traditionally, across the world, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been popular for its effective self-defense techniques. It emphasizes grappling techniques and leveraging tactics. You do not need to be heavy or big to be victorious. Even small-sized people can use Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques to win over bigger or stronger opponents. This makes BJJ an inclusive sport that even women and kids can learn.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has established itself mainly based on two things – grappling and ground fighting. The goal is to quickly get your opponent to the ground and into a position that will force him to submit or give up.

As a sport, it also has several physical and mental benefits. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s workouts are power-packed and intense. Jiu Jitsu lessons are demanding but will help you see positive results in your flexibility, endurance, strength, problem-solving ability and increased awareness.

Based on its core premise, anyone can learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Since smaller opponents have a chance of fending off larger attackers, it can be considered as a ‘must know’ form of martial art, especially for children and women. However, anyone, regardless of age or sex, can gain incredible benefits from BJJ.

Not at all! You will see instant improvements in your strength, flexibility, and conditioning as soon as you begin Jiu Jitsu training. However, you need to ensure that you are medically fit to undertake Brazilian Jiu Jitsu workouts since there will be en extreme impact on your physical fitness. Get yourself examined by a doctor to give you the approval for BJJ training.

You could be three-years-old or even 80 and be a master of BJJ. All you need is the will-power and determination to learn BJJ techniques.

The preferred attire for training and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a gi. The gi or kimono as it is sometimes called includes a cotton jacket, reinforced cotton pants and a belt. It is similar to the other kind of outfits used in other traditional martial arts such as Karate only a Jiu Jitsu gi is a little more durable than a traditional martial arts gi. 

Wearing a gi is a crucial part of learning Jiu Jitsu. The gi sort of acts like training wheels when you are first learning how to ride a bike. It gives you things to hold on to as you position your body and your training partners body into various positions for sweeps, submissions and escapes.  

Rash guard, T shirts, Board shorts and spandex are also good things to wear under your gi. They prevent gi burn and allow for a fast transition if you decide to train in a “No Gi” class. You just shed your Gi and you will be ready to go!  

You don’t have to do anything. Just come in, learn and have loads of fun! We can lend you a gi for the first class. If you have your own gi (kimono) please bring it.

It’s not necessary to compete if you train in BJJ, . A lot of people join our classes for reasons other than entering competitions. Of course, if you are determined to compete or if you change your mind later, you are most welcome. No one will compel you to compete if you don’t want to.

For adults, the belt order is White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black, Red/Black, Red/White, & Red. There are also ‘stripes’ at the levels of White, Blue, Purple, and Brown. Your rank is determined by assessments by Elite MMA instructor and fellow other students. Remember the journey is more important than the rank.

Please note that promotion to a higher belt is not just dependent on participation but on various other selection criteria. Students who show the right combination of attitude, knowledge, and skill are promoted to higher levels. 

For Children under 16 years of age, then ranking system consists of White Belts, Yellow Belts, Orange Belts and Green Belts.

In a relatively short time, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has proved its efficiency in one-on-one combat fights such as challenge matches, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and it is even taught as part of military/law enforcement tactics.

When BJJ was developing in the US, one way to increase its popularity was to issue or accept challenges. BJJ wanted to prove its efficiency against other martial artists, fighters or even those who considered themselves as tough. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu contenders won a majority of these challenges. The ones where they lost, they worked on adjusting and improving their weaknesses.

BJJ is an evolving sport and is flexible in incorporating new techniques. The UFC was an outcome of the challenge matches and the Jiu Jitsu videos that came out after that to demonstrate its effectiveness. Today, every mixed martial arts class has Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in its core training program.

The effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu comes from its grappling techniques. While other martial art forms focus on converting philosophies into techniques, BJJ develops its methods based on reality. This martial art is geared explicitly towards everyday situations. The strategies you learn in class can be replicated in the outside world.

The beautiful thing about Jiu Jitsu is that it covers what happens if you end up on the ground. The majority of fights or physical interactions end up with someone falling down because they trip, are tackled or are knocked to the ground. Jiu Jitsu is the only martial arts that deals with how to not only survive on the ground but render your opponent into submission.

That’s the advantage Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has. It keeps adapting. The more you practice, the more changes you can make to your strategies. You learn what will work and what won’t work in different situations. This optimization is why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has high effectiveness. It can be used in any random encounter with a robber, a friendly fight with a friend, or on stage in exactly the same way. In short, BJJ trains you for real life situations.

Earning a black belt in Jiu Jitsu is much more challenging than in other martial arts. People with black belts in BJJ have proved themselves as having mastery with intense training and competition. When you enter the white belt zone, you’d typically take a year to 18 months to get to blue belt.

After that, depending on each individual, every belt rise would take about two to five years. That would mean you would need somewhere about eight to 15 years to gain that coveted black belt. But if you are successful in reaching this height, you can be sure that you have definitely earned it and proved yourself as a successful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter.

If you look at BJJ it is traditionally trained with a partner 1-on-1. That means your opponent will  be in front of you ; unless you they get behind you. Which is something you don’t want to happen.  Unlike other sports such as football, soccer, or other team sports someone can slide or tackle you from your blind slide which can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, torn ligaments, and other major physical injuries. 

BJJ requires a high level of communication physically or verbally. At Elite MMA, we emphasize a high level of both to make sure the students and instructors are as safe as humanly possible.

If you compare BJJ to a normal workout session, it definitely has numerous benefits that you won’t get in your typical local gym. It involves your whole body and mind while also making it fun. Since your focus is on training and learning, you work out more without even realizing it.

A lot of the people who join Jiu Jitsu classes want to reduce their weight or increase their fitness. The training also gives you added benefits such as better coordination and reflex actions.

Armed with all this information, you are now all set to adopt a new and improved form of life.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now for a FREE demo class of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Elite MMA.

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