By Gabriella McCrossan

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So, you want to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Maybe your friends are doing it, maybe you saw a gym advertisement, maybe you are a fan of MMA but you’re not into getting punched. However it happened, you’re here now, and you’re interested. So what’s the holdup? Why haven’t you walked through the door and tried a class yet? There could be a number of reasons, so let’s walk through some of those together.

“I’m out of shape”: The good news is, there’s nothing but good news! You’re not alone if you worry about this. Lots of us started out in not so great shape, or, let’s be honest, terrible shape. Everyone gets it, no one’s going to judge you. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to start down the path of becoming healthier and more fit. The instructors are used to people needing more breaks when they start, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Come on in, and just go for it. There’s no better way to get started.

“I’m too old to start”: The perfect age to start Jiu Jitsu, is the age you are today. People start Jiu Jitsu at all decades of life. The great thing about it is that it is what you make of it. There are styles and modifications to suit just about everyone. No matter where you go, they’ll be happy to have you.

“I’m just not into the close contact”: If this is really the case, then maybe this isn’t for you. However, it probably isn’t as bad as you think. Contact in Jiu Jitsu is different from contact in other contexts. It’s a sport and a game, it’s a puzzle and a chess match all rolled into one. When you grab ahold of someone and grapple, it’s all about the game, it’s about learning, and solving a problem. At the end of the day, if you try it and don’t like it, you don’t have to do it again and you haven’t lost anything, just move on and try something else.

“It’s too intimidating”: I understand, it can be scary to try something new, maybe you don’t know anyone there. You might feel like you won’t fit in, whatever the reason is that you find it intimidating, it’s okay. Everyone there understands, everyone at the gym or academy that you walk into has been the new guy. That’s how we all get started. Jiu Jitsu people are notoriously friendly and easygoing. I can tell you, that wherever you go, they want to have you there.

At the end of the day, short of your doctor telling you not to try it, there is no reason not to walk in to the nearest gym and try out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you have any other reservations or insecurities, questions or concerns, let us know in the comments or send a message. We’d be more than happy to answer your questions about getting started in training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!