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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-17-2007, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow I want to Take Jiu-Jitsu, but I got a lot of questions...

I am thinking about taking Jiu-Jitsu, but I am kind of nervous. I have a lot of questions that I'd like to know before I decide to really persue this, and I was hopeing I could get some advice.

Somethings I am worried about are:

Will I get injured if I take a Jiu-Jitsu class? (I know I sound like a baby, but I am conserned)

Does it cost a lot of money to do?

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)

Would learning these skills, even if I only become a blue belt, help me if I ever got in a fight?

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?

Do you have to compete in competitions when taking a jiu-Jitsu class or can you just "learn then leave" without competitions?

What goes on during sparing? Do you have to go at 100% or do you go half speed?


Any advice would really help me with me decision. Thank You!

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Will I get injured if I take a Jiu-Jitsu class? (I know I sound like a baby, but I am conserned)

There are chances you will but its just the same as other martial arts but they don't happen to often.

Does it cost a lot of money to do?

All places are different so ring them up and see.

How long does it take to advance from belt to belt? (Assuming I go along at the average pace)


It may sound unhelpful but its random amounts of time...everyone takes there own time to get ready so it takes as long as it takes for you to get ready for a new belt ranks although belts are very overated...don't aim to get belts aim for ranks and fully commit yourself to learning not learning what you need to get a new belt.

Would learning these skills, even if I only become a blue belt, help me if I ever got in a fight?

All good martial arts will help you...the blue belt could be a girly guy or a guy that can fight it depends on the person.


Is it worth the time?

All good martial arts are 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?


You get tested at gradings...dojo's have them at different times in the year and you pretty much have to show what you need to know for the new rank.

And if your Sensei thinks you are ready then you can go for it although you can refuse.

The sensei(instructor) decides when you go for gradings, not you.

Do you have to compete in competitions when taking a jiu-Jitsu class or can you just "learn then leave" without competitions?


Yes you can choose not to go in competition although its great for learning and conditioning and "real fight practice"

Although learning and leaving? its best to stay learning...you will always have more to learn.

What goes on during sparing? Do you have to go at 100% or do you go half speed?


Competitions are full speed but most aren't full contact(which people like me find annoying) which in some you can't hit as you can(thats Taekwondo(ITF) im not sure about others)and or no head shots its called semi contact.


Anyway i think you should go for it...you will enjoy it and it will help you in fights.


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I don't have a ton of advice on this one but I think it should be said that worrying about belts and ranks is the wrong thing to do. It will only hinder your process. Don't think about them, don't attempt to attain them, personally monitor your progress and set your own bench marks.
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I don't have a ton of advice on this one but I think it should be said that worrying about belts and ranks is the wrong thing to do. It will only hinder your process. Don't think about them, don't attempt to attain them, personally monitor your progress and set your own bench marks.
Very good advice.

Although my benchmark is learning Judo so thats what i do and belts come with it.


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Thanks for the advice guys.

But as for being tested at the dojo for advancment, could you go into a little more detail? Like do you have to test in front of the class by yourself where everyone watches you? Or is it just one on one with the instructor? (I've never done any kind of Matial Arts before so I know NOTHING... and I get a little stage fright.)

Dont they have you spar during training? They dont have you do miss matches do they? Like Blue versus Brown? Or White versus Purple?

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Thanks for the advice guys.

But as for being tested at the dojo for advancment, could you go into a little more detail? Like do you have to test in front of the class by yourself where everyone watches you? Or is it just one on one with the instructor? (I've never done any kind of Matial Arts before so I know NOTHING... and I get a little stage fright.)

Dont they have you spar during training? They dont have you do miss matches do they? Like Blue versus Brown? Or White versus Purple?
No but seriously. This belt thing. Anyway don't be afraid of a mismatch, it's an opportunity to learn and it instils humility.
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Thanks for the advice guys.

But as for being tested at the dojo for advancment, could you go into a little more detail? Like do you have to test in front of the class by yourself where everyone watches you? Or is it just one on one with the instructor? (I've never done any kind of Matial Arts before so I know NOTHING... and I get a little stage fright.)

Dont they have you spar during training? They dont have you do miss matches do they? Like Blue versus Brown? Or White versus Purple?
Yes you spar during training and yes at times you can although higher belts don't usually go hard on lower belts.

No grading isn't done one on one or in front of everyone, its just like a normal class but say in Karate you do kata's at the same time but as you go higher the lower belts drop off etc.

Although dan gradings are done in front of a crowd but its everyone going for the grading at the same time.


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Will I get injured if I take a Jiu-Jitsu class? (I know I sound like a baby, but I am conserned)

Yes you will, but thier only minor injuries like nose bleed, a broken pinky, and akes and pains.

Does it cost a lot of money to do?

100$ per month 3 times a week is what i pay.

How long does it take to advance from belt to belt?

It deppands on youre skill level, if youre not good he may never make you a blue belt. It took me about a year and a month.

Would learning these skills, even if I only become a blue belt, help me if I ever got in a fight?

YES, big time, especially when you cant beat some one in stand up, you take em down and they cannot beat you.

Is it worth the time?

Yes, for sure, best thing thats ever happend to me.

(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?

For me you dont, the instructor will see how good you are and rank you, its not like oh 1 year has pass im giving you youre blue, no, if you dont deserve it he will keep you at white. When he gives you youre blue he will make you fight every one 1 minute each 2 times. He wont give you a break, yea it sucks.

Do you have to compete in competitions when taking a jiu-Jitsu class or can you just "learn then leave" without competitions?

Learning then leaving pisses people off, no you dont have to compete but its the funnest thing youll ever do.

What goes on during sparing? Do you have to go at 100% or do you go half speed?

You put in 75% and you basicly just grapple starting on the ground or starting on youre feet.

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I've trained in Tae Kwon do(red belt), Karate(black belt) and now getting into BJJ for my first time. The one thing I can tell you is just rid yourself of the idea of belt colors! It's seems alot of people worry about that......it's a western idea that if you have a higher color than so and so you are better......NOT ALL CASES! I've seen black belts that were only black belts because they paid their monthly dues and the school had a test schedule!
Go into it with the idea that you are open to bettering yourself. Your fitness level, your mental capacity, discipline etc......watch yourself grow! And the most important thing.....Have fun! You'll actually want to compete at some point I'm sure.

Go watch a few BJJ classes and talk to the instructors there if you haven't done so already.
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I've trained in Tae Kwon do(red belt), Karate(black belt) and now getting into BJJ for my first time. The one thing I can tell you is just rid yourself of the idea of belt colors! It's seems alot of people worry about that......it's a western idea that if you have a higher color than so and so you are better......NOT ALL CASES! I've seen black belts that were only black belts because they paid their monthly dues and the school had a test schedule!
Go into it with the idea that you are open to bettering yourself. Your fitness level, your mental capacity, discipline etc......watch yourself grow! And the most important thing.....Have fun! You'll actually want to compete at some point I'm sure.

Go watch a few BJJ classes and talk to the instructors there if you haven't done so already.
I totaly agree. Belt color is nothing, the only good thing about youre belt is that it tells you what rank you are.
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