Beginners Guide to Your First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class in Salt Lake City

What To Expect At Your First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class

This is a Beginners Guide to Your First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class in Salt Lake City. 

First off, there is a well known saying in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: The hardest part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is getting to your first class. 

So if you are contemplating your first Jiu Jitsu class, the first thing we want to say is this: 

Just Come! Get the hard part out of the way. 

And first class is free – so there is no obligation. Just come and see what it is all about. 

What Is The Atmosphere Like?

You will find at Fusion Academy, everyone is very friendly, open, and helpful. 

Many people are surprised by this. They think if this is a grappling style, that people might be arrogant, stand offish, or aggressive. 

If you ask anyone, they will assure you this is not the case. Everyone who has lasted at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu knows how hard it is coming to that first class. Because of this, everyone is very helpful and encouraging. 

What Do I Need to Bring?

For your first class, you don’t need anything. Wear gym shorts and a appropriate workout shirt. We have “gi’s” if you come to a Gi-class and in No-gi you can workout in your shorts and shirt (everyone else will be). 

Which Class Should I Attend

We suggest you try to make it to one of our many beginner classes. You will see them on the schedule. These classes are designed to teach you the fundamentals and will give you a great beginning. 

Do You Have Women's Only Classes

We have women’s only classes on the schedule every week. This class is taught by a female instructor and is open to all levels. 

If you are brand new, please inform the instructor at the beginning, and if you are working in with other students, please also inform them that you are brand new. 

This lets everyone know you are new, and help to keep you safe and allow you to enjoy your time on the mat. 

What If I'm Out of Shape?

Come as you are. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape. 

No previous fitness level is required. 

If you are tired, then rest. 

There are lots of rest opportunities throughout class. 

And again, if you let your training partners know that you are just getting going and are not in great shape yet, they will help you. 

Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Safe?

Your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience will be as safe as you are and as safe as you want it to be. 

What does this mean? 

It means that as long as you communicate your goals to your training partners that you wish to go slow and be safe, and you behave in a safe manner yourself, then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is incredibly safe. 

You will not find students at Fusion Academy who are out to hurt anyone else – or get hurt themselves. Most practitioners desire to train well, practice techniques, and experience longevity in the sport. 

But make no mistake – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a fighting art. It is widely used in tournaments and in Mixed Martial Arts. If your desire is to have a fast paced more aggressive experience, you can find that here too.

And along with faster pace and increased intensity, comes the risk of injury – as is the case with ALL sports activities. 


What If I'm Older?

People start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when they are little kids, in their teens, in their twenties, and in their forties and fifties. 

There is no age that is “too old” to begin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

One of the contributors to this blog post began practicing for the first time at 46. 

There are many stories of people beginning Jiu Jitsu over 60. Like this guy training at 71 who started when he was 64

Summary - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Beginner Salt Lake City Utah

Your first class is the hardest one to make yourself attend. 

But come try it out. 

Your first class is free. 

You will be pleasantly surprised at the open, welcoming, and encouraging environment you find at Fusion Academy (and in Jiu Jitsu in general). 

Contact Us Today For Your First Class


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