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First Step

Drop me an email with your enquiries, to see about watching a class or to discuss your training needs.

Please also check our Frequently Asked Questions page as it might andwer any questions you have.
Next Steps

* Am I fit enough to train in Jiu Jitsu
* What to wear/bring to class 
* Hygiene
* Rules of the gym
* Insurance
* What can I expect in my first class? What is a class like?
Am I fit enough to start Jiu Jitsu?

If you have/had any medical condition whatsoever you should get permission from your doctor prior to any sort of athletic training. If you get the go ahead from the doctor please inform the instructor of your condition as soon as possible. 

Many people start training without any prior athletic training. They maybe a little overweight, have a less than average fitness level etc but it really does not matter.

Having a decent level of fitness and muscular endurance it is not immediately important.

Training in Jiu Jitsu will increase your fitness, strength, speed, flexibility and can even help you to lose weight.

It also helps build mental skills as well as physical skills, improvements to concentration, confidence, tenacity to name but a few. 

If you are in below average shape then just work at your own pace, do what you can and over the coming weeks and months you will improve all aspects. I guarantee it.

Warning, results come from hard work so be prepared!
What to wear/bring to class 

Before you come to your first class, you’ll need to figure out what to wear. If you have a Judo gi, wear that. Karate gis may also be worn but are not as strong as gis designed specifically for grappling and may rip so be warned. If you don’t have a gi (it is unlikely you will) then shorts or jogging bottoms and a t-shirt or vest will be ok. Wear old clothes because they will get ripped and/or stretched.


Make sure that you don’t wear anything with zips, buttons, anything metallic attached etc or anything that could cause injury.

Any jewellery, watches and piercings should be removed to prevent injuries.

Please note that shoes of any kind are not allowed on the mats, if you have an ongoing medical condition please speak to one of the instructors.

It is a good idea to bring a drink with you, you will need it.

Make sure your fingernails and toenails are short and clean.

Long hair should be tied back.

Training equipment and clothing should be clean and in good state of repair.

For everyone’s health, safety and welfare training equipment and clothing should be washed after EVERY training session.

Bring a towel with you; you will definitely break a sweat.
Rules of the gym 

1. Train safely, always listen to your coach and never mess around.
2. Make sure that you have read and understood all rules for sparring and Jiu Jitsu competition.
3. If you are not sure, ASK!!
4. Don't be afraid to speak to your partner, tell them if they are doing something you don't like
5. Don't be afraid to "tap out" when grappling. This means that if you are in a hold and you want your partner to let go, tap your hand loudly on the mat or on your partner.
6. You must never continue with the hold when your partner taps, when your partner taps you let go.
7. Always be aware of the level of contact that you are using, don't try to hurt your partner.
8. When the coach calls "stop" you must stop what you are doing IMMEDIATELY.
9. Always keep the gym area tidy, do not leave thingas lying around on the floor.
10. Never use the equipment for anything other than what it is intended for. Do not throw things around.
11. Take home all your equipment, please do not leave wet and dirty training gear at the gym.
12. Please recycle empty water bottles in the box provided.
13. Please take out any rubbish when you leave the gym or use the waste bins provided.
14. Be respectful to your coaches and all your training partners.

We recommend that every student has insurance, this can be purchased through the UKBJJA. See the UKBJJA link page. 

You will have to fill out a waiver form before you can train.
What can I expect in my first class? What is a class like?
Classes can and do vary but a general structure of a class is;
*Sports specific drills
*Technical training, introduction of a technique
*Drills using the techniques just learned in isolation
*Sparring, often called rolling
*Cool down



Most classes start with a group warm-up.

We alternate between types of warm up; one month it may be a little jogging and general bodyweight exercises, squats, push-ups, sit ups etc, sometimes might be Tabata training and other months it will be Yoga.

Sports specific drills

Still part of the warm up but these drills are specifically designed for Jiu Jitsu purposes and include movement, agility, speed and strength drills. Usually performed with a partner.

Technical training, introduction of a technique

After warm-ups and drills, you’ll be partnered with someone and go to your own section of the mats to be taught your first lesson. As we do not have a beginners only class you will just learn whatever techniques are being taught that day. This way you will get a lot of help from other members of the gym as well as the instructors.

Drills using the techniques just learned

This would be your first chance to try out what you just learned against a resisting partner in a live drill. Your partner will assist your ability to make a technique work with “progressive resistance” You start off at an easy pace and build it up as much as you need to.

Don’t be afraid to communicate with your partner, ask if you are doing it right, does it feel right to them etc Ask your partner there and then and you get instant feedback.

We almost always end the class sparring/rolling. You will be given a sparring partner to start with, usually the person you have trained with that day. After the duration of the match you will change partners and go with someone else.

At the start of each round, you’ll begin by facing your partner on your knees. When you're both ready shake hands and start to “roll”: try out your techniques, stopping whenever one of you taps and restart. New students will almost always start on their knees.
Please note that you do NOT HAVE TO spar on your first few visits, time could be spent watching the more advanced practitioners if preferred.


The normal way you signal submission is to tap. When you tap, make sure you do it hard enough that your partner can feel it; or tap yourself or the mat where they can see and/or hear it; or verbally tap by saying something to your partner.

Tapping is just part of training and there is no shame in it. Don’t worry about winning or losing. Don’t try to hold out too long before you tap, you risk getting hurt.

All this being said there are some basic rules for sparring in class, please ask about rules or check on the gym wall where rules are displayed.

Remember that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is designed to be trained safely without serious injury. These rules are to help keep you and your training partners safe and healthy.

If you are not sure whether it is safe or not, do not do it!!

Cool down

Spend a little time stretching out and cooling down.

After your first class:
Congratulations, you got through your first class, wasn’t so bad was it?

Now you will probably have lots more questions, if you enjoyed the class and want to continue training, let your instructor know and you can take it from there.