The first myth is that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are only for young, athletic fighters (or those who want to be fighters). In fact, the art of BJJ was developed specifically to allow the smaller, weaker individuals to defend themselves and prevail against physically larger and stronger opponents.
For this reason, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practiced and enjoyed by children, teens, men and women of all ages, including those who have no interest in competition. Many train in the art for self-defense, health and fitness, and general enjoyment of learning the art.
The second biggest myth is that you must already be in great shape or get in shape before you can begin taking BJJ classes.
This is only a concern in gyms that do not have a dedicated program for beginners. In a school that has a well-designed beginner program, however, this is not an issue. The best schools will have a structured curriculum that is designed to get new students in shape while teaching them proper technique at their own pace before moving on to the next level of training.
Be careful to avoid gyms that throw beginners into classes with more experienced athletes and lack a structured curriculum.
The next myth is that all martial arts are the equal, and all training methods are as good as the next. The reality is that across the board certain martial arts styles have been proven to be more effective than others.
The original UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships)
The most effective martial arts are the ones that have separated the theory from the reality, so it’s best to learn what works.
The next myth is: if it looks like a good martial arts school, then it must be a good martial arts school.
This is one of the greatest misconceptions today, especially with the rise in popularity of the UFC. Many schools are cropping up, buying all the latest equipment, and trying to look like a high level martial arts academy.
While a well-equipped school is important, the most important quality for the student is having experienced, well qualified instructors. This means looking not only at the instructor’s rank, but also factors like their teaching experience, whether or not they have a curriculum, and if they have separate programs for students of different levels.
The last myth believing that all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools will teach the same thing, so it’s best to shop for the lowest price.
This is a very costly misconception for prospective students. There are vast differences in the quality between schools offering BJJ classes, so it is important to recognize that the lowest price can be very misleading.
When evaluating price, one must always consider value. This means factoring in the instructors’
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