Hey I just recently had passed my 1yr mark in Jiu Jitsu, hopefully I can answer a few questions....
Will I get injured if I take a Jiu-Jitsu class? (I know I sound like a baby, but I am conserned)
Depends on how you train, I know a few people at my classes go crazy like their in a ****in MMA match, but usually not to many people get hurt....except if they already having problems in a certain area (backaches, knee problems etc) because its a mixed age group (16-65)
Does it cost a lot of money to do?
My classes first started at 150 a month and you could go as many times in a week as you could possibly make, the more you know the more you grow...so you get your moneys worth if you take the time to be there....but as I progressed pass certain levels....3rd strip on a white belt the money started increasing because I was allowed to do more advanced classes....currently at my blue belt Im paying abotu 220 a month, which isn't bad cuz its a mix of intermediate classes, basic classes, no gi classes, and black belt classes and I try to attend as many as I could with friends, work, girlfriends, and school (currently in jr year in college, 21 yrs old)
Some of my regular questions are:
How long does it take to advance from belt to belt? (Assuming I go along at the average pace)
This was a question I was wondering about, because as I've stated previously it depends on how many times a week you attend and demonstrate your learned talents....I remember I got my 1st stripe in 2 weeks after I join and I thought "damn if this is that easy Ill mos def get my black belt soon" but I eventually learned that going and paying wasn't going to get my my black belt, I had to demonstrate my talents and what I've learned
Would learning these skills, even if I only become a blue belt, help me if I ever got in a fight?
Lol currently I haven't been in a street fight where I've had to use Jiu Jitsu but lol alot of my friends don't bother me any more because I can guilliotine choke them or put them in a armbar so they've backed down alot....and I've heard plenty of stories where people have applied Jiu Jitsu in fight situations.....
Is it worth the time?
(Big question) In Jiu-Jitsu, how do you get "Tested" when wanting to advance your belt rank? Do you decide when you want to try or does the instructor?
In my school they see if you actually are applying the techniques correctly and without though to see if you actually are paying attention. Plus we have alot of Randori (Live Training) which coaches and instructors get to look at us and comment and explain.
Do you have to compete in competitions when taking a jiu-Jitsu class or can you just "learn then leave" without competitions?
No, you can learn and leave at my school....I've been asked by alot of the guys at my school if I want to compete and I do one day but currently I have a pretty busy schedule so the Randori is Satisfactory to me.
What goes on during sparing? Do you have to go at 100% or do you go half speed?
Sparring usually consist of 3 things....passing the guarding, protecting against chokes, sweeps, or submissions, or just figuring out how to place a person into a position where its better for you....its a knetic chess game...its very fun...especially when you going up against good jiu jitsu practioners or ppl who cross train in mma and you get to challenge youself....Lol Im about 6'2 185 with a long frame and Im going up against muscle bound guys at 230-260 applying moves delicately and being the victor....It depends on the person....I used to be told that I go 100% and I'd burrn out quickly but I've learned to adjust and be able to keep a cool calm manner when in a tight situation.
I know its long but I hope this helps