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Can I just stop by any Grappling school?

Make sure that you check the school credentials and who´s teaching the class. Other than that you´re more than welcomed to stop and have a trial in most of the schools.

Do I have to pay for my first class?

Find out if the school offers free trials, and if so, how many you can take before having to make a commitment. Most schools will offer at least one free class. Some schools even offer one or two week trials.

Do I Have to Bring a Uniform?

Most likely not. You can probably wear a loaner uniform from the school you are going to visit. If the thought of wearing a uniform that has been sweat in and on by multiple people freaks you out, then you might want to bring your own uniform.

Do I need to bring anything to my first class?

If they have a uniform you can borrow, then the answer is not really. But make sure your finger and toenails are clipped and don’t have any jagged points. And since you’re using a loaner uniform — one that someone will likely use after you — make sure you’re clean before going.

What should I expect at the beginning of class?

Every BJJ class begins with some combination of conditioning and stretching. This depends on the school and the instructor. Some instructors will just run you through some light calisthenics and stretching because they want to give you as much instruction as they can, and leave time for students to drill those techniques.

Will I be competing with other students right away?

This also depends on the school and instructor. Ultimately though, it’s your choice. It’s not boot camp and you haven’t been drafted. It’s your first class. If you don’t feel comfortable doing something, then don’t do it.

Will I be working with Blue Belts, Brown Belts and Black Belts right away?

You should hope so. Training technique with those higher-level guys is the best way to get better. They know what it’s like to be new and love to pass on what they’ve learned. It’s part of the beauty that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you have a question, ask away. They’ll be happy to help you.

Is there anything I shouldn’t do if I spar during my first BJJ class?

If you work a technique on your first day, just remember you are not fighting anyone, don’t crank anything too hard. Don’t twist anything too hard. Work the technique. You’re not trying to win a competition, you’re trying to learn. And you’re never, ever trying to hurt someone. Just stay composed and go slow. The other student or instructor will tell you if you should apply more force or pressure, depending on the technique.

Anything I should do after my first class?

Thank the people that shared their knowledge with you. You’ll probably bow and shake hands with the other students. Remember to drink a good amount of water as well.

I loved my first class. I can’t wait to go back and I want a gi!

That’s how most people feel after their first class: energized, empowered and ready for more. If you want to buy a gi, you can find online the brand and size that fits better on your body or you can visit a physical fightwear store and check it out. Just remember to check with your school about any policies they might have about gis.

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