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Old 08-20-2009, 08:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question about my first BJJ class

Hey guys i just wanted to share my first class with you at a BJJ beginner class and was hoping to get some advice.

I attended my first class last night and explained to the instructor that it was my first time doing any kind of grappling whatsoever. I was told to borrow a gi from the pile in the corner (smelled lovely ) and get a partner.

The instructor then explained that we were going to start off from where the last lesson ended, but he did demonstrate what exactly it was that was done last class. The lesson was spent maintaining back control and applying chokes and armbars.

My Question to you is, surely my first ever lesson should be the basics of the sport? I couldnt believe that i was doing the exact same techniques as the old dudes with cauliflower ears who had years of experiance! knowing how to maintain back control doesn't mean shit if i havent been shown how to get there!

thanks guys, i appreciate that was a long read!
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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in my opinion you shouldnt even be in the same class as them... in my tkd gym theres a beginner, an intermediate and an advanced class....i believe it makes things a lot easier
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This is the beginner class, that is why i was so suprised.
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Does your gym do Private Lessons? I would reccomend taking them to catch up with the other guys.

I would think that the instructor told the other members of your gym that they would continue what they were doing, and I doubt that they would discontinue that because a new member has joined.

If you do not like your current gym, you can always leave.
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I would think that the instructor told the other members of your gym that they would continue what they were doing, and I doubt that they would discontinue that because a new member has joined.
This is a beginner class, would it not be more appropriate for the instructor to let the rest of the class go on as previousally instructed and teach the BEGINNER the basics? don't get me wrong i enjoyed the class, but i felt i was thrown in at the deep end a tad.

Were you not shown the basics?
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The same thing happened to me in my second lesseon yesterday, we worked on the omoplata.

It was cool though, I had to catch up and it made me more determined.

I'm checking out Demian Maia's Science of Jiu-Jitsu dvd as I go along aswell.

But the first lesson was the gaurd, side controll etc... The omoplata lesson was a refreshing change of pace. I'm sure if you stick with it you'll be fine. And don't forget to ask questions fella, just ask ask ask.
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I understand your position, All i learned was freestyle BJJ that i taught myself off videos and other things.

(rolling around with friend's for fun)
and my first day of class we did the exact same thing (learning to reverse to mount from guard, i didn't even know a proper guard at the time.

Haha, on top of that, i did 45mins of live rolling, and mount control.
with all these blue+ belts. Most fun i've had in years
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Sounds completely normal. The entire class can't move at the pace of a new arrival every day. The expectation is typically that you dive in and do the best you can do while learning from your training partners as well as your instructor. If you aren't able to catch up to the speed of the class you should feel free to discuss private lessons to get you caught up that may or may not cost extra. I also like the gi-loaner policy. Nothing encourages new folks to buy the gear they need as quickly as possible as borrowing a smelly old uniform. My realistic concern with that is the risk of infection.

Get your own gi and give every class your undivided attention and you will do fine.

Enjoy and welcome to BJJ.
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^ Agreed.

My next lesson is Saturday now and I just can't wait for that to roll around (no pun intended) so I can sit there and absorb as much as I can.

I'm also going to study a few things from the Maia DVD I have and try them when we roll with a partner.
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Were you not shown the basics?
Not really, I was just a fan beforehand, who had a couple of instructional DVD's and books.

I reccomend you do the same, they are good for reference.
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