To save yourself the embarrassment of having to drop out of a Jiu Jitsu class, you should begin with some realistic expectations. Whether you are interested in self-defense, getting in shape, or becoming a black belt, here are some things you should know before getting started.
Becoming a Black Belt Takes Years
If you’re starting Jiu Jitsu as a hobby, you’d better be prepared to not reach black belt level. A black belt can take 5-8 years in most cases to achieve. A year or two will give you confidence and a toned body, but it won’t get you to the top of your class.
Prepare Your Body
A lot of people start Jiu Jitsu as an exercise program, but you should actually try to get fit beforehand. Don’t expect your body to be able to keep up with a typical Jiu-Jitsu program, if you live an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. Start doing cardio exercises now to get your body used to the physical strain Jiu Jitsu will require.
You Can Train Too Hard
Jiu Jitsu is like any activity or sport. You can over train. Know your limits and allow yourself to rest for a couple days if you feel your body wearing out or your mind losing focus. Not resting can cause real injury which will force you to sit on the sidelines for more than just a day or two.
For those of you who paid attention in school and still failed your quizzes, this class is for you. Watching videos and studying moves alone won’t help you succeed. The key is to listen.
Be Prepared to Fail
Like anything, most people don’t start out as an expert. Jiu Jitsu takes time and patience. You will likely fail several times throughout your journey to becoming a black belt, but you will also have successes measured by improvement to look forward to.
Work at Your Weaknesses
One of the worst things you can do is ignore a bad habit. The longer you ignore it, the harder it will be to break. You have to be prepared to work at things you don’t like so you can improve as a whole.
Is Jiu Jitsu Right for You?
Assuming you are prepared for the difficult journey ahead, you can begin taking classes by contacting Jiu Jitsu Nation in Smyrna today. If you’re still unsure, check out our other post What to Expect from Your First Jiu Jitsu Class for more details on what will be expected from you.