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Beginner in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)? What to Expect

Embarking on your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) journey is an exciting step towards self-improvement and discovery. As a beginner in BJJ, you might have several questions and perhaps a few apprehensions. This guide will walk you through what to expect as you start this rewarding martial art, helping you prepare both mentally and physically for the road ahead.

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The First Step into the BJJ Gym

Walking into a BJJ gym for the first time can be intimidating, but remember, everyone starts as a beginner. You will be welcomed into a community where respect and support are paramount. Expect a friendly atmosphere where questions are encouraged, and learning is a shared experience.

Understanding the Basics as a Beginner:

BJJ is a martial art focusing on ground fighting and grappling. As a beginner, you will start with the fundamentals:

  • Basic Positions: Learn the primary positions like guard, mount, and side control.
  • Basic Techniques: You’ll be introduced to essential techniques such as sweeps, escapes, and submissions.
  • Drills: Black Dog BJJ differs here slightly, we apply all our techniques with live resistance, but don’t worry! The drills will be designed to keep things simple and build gradual resistance with an experienced partner to help you.

The Importance of Patience and Consistency:

Progress in BJJ is gradual. You might find certain techniques challenging at first, but with patience and consistent practice, skills will develop. Celebrate small victories and understand that every master was once a beginner.

Sparring (Rolling) Sessions:

Sparring, or ‘rolling’, is a significant part of BJJ training. As a beginner, your initial rolls will be more about learning to apply techniques in a live setting and less about competition. Safety is key, so there’s a strong emphasis on tapping out and respecting your partner’s limits.

Physical and Mental Benefits:

BJJ is not just a physical workout; it’s a mental exercise too. Expect improvements in:

  • Physical Fitness: Enhanced strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.
  • Mental Sharpness: Improved problem-solving skills and mental toughness. see our blog article for more!
  • Stress Relief: Physical exertion and the focus required during training offer great stress relief.

Gym Etiquette:

Respect and discipline are vital in BJJ culture. You’ll learn about gym etiquette, we’re a pretty chilled gym here at Black Dog BJJ, just a few things we uphold are: cleanliness of your gi, and respecting instructors and fellow practitioners.

Community and Support:

BJJ training fosters a strong sense of community. You’ll find supportive training partners and coaches who are invested in your growth. This camaraderie is one of the most rewarding aspects of BJJ.


Starting BJJ as a beginner is the beginning of a transformative journey. It’s about personal growth, learning new skills, and becoming part of a community. Expect to be challenged, to have fun, and to discover strengths you didn’t know you had. Your journey in BJJ is unique, and every class brings you one step closer to mastering not just the art but learning about yourself. If you fancy giving BJJ a try, why not book a trial at the best BJJ club in Wigan? Black Dog BJJ! Book your free class and start your journey now

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