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. 

Also – your first seven days of unlimited classes are free – You can sign up for that unlimited seven day free pass below. 

What do You Call The Teacher

In our fundamentals class, this is one of the most asked questions. At our gym, you can call most of our instructors by name if you know it – but regardless of where you are in the United States, calling the teacher either coach, or professor, will be accepted. 

How do You Choose a Gi For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

You can purchase a Gi from us for $90. They are great Gi’s and last a long time. 

But there are lots of great Gi’s out there to choose from, which is why we wrote an article about it. 

Read more about the Best Gi’s for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 

What Is The Atmosphere Like?

You will find at Fusion Academy, everyone is very friendly, open, and helpful. We are a family friendly, team oriented school, not a “fight club.” 

Many people are surprised by how friendly everyone is. Lots of people have watched fights on the UFC and Jiu Jitsu doesn’t look very friendly there. Just remember, there are lots of levels of BJJ to choose from – but at Fusion you will find most people are here to train, build skills, and have a good time. 

There is no reason to be intimidated. Everyone here was brand new at some point and 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). 

A helpful tip for No-Gi – wear a shirt that is fairly “fitted” and not too loose at the bottom to keep it from riding up while you are training.

Mouth Guards – Although these are little weird to get used to, we suggest a mouth guard. Venum makes good mouth guards that are inexpensive and easy to mold, but you can find many brands online or at 

DO NOT – Wear any jewelry to class. Bad things happen on both sides when fingers get caught in jewelry. 

Which Class Should I Attend

Our classes are all-levels. So please feel free to drop into any of our classes. But our fundamentals classes are particularly well suited for new students.

But whatever class you attend, just make sure when you come in you let the instructor know you are new so they can pair you up with a more experienced person to practice with. In BJJ we try to avoid new people training with new people unless it is just drilling techniques. 

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.

Am I Going to Learn Self-Defense?

Yes, you are going to learn self-defense. Fusion Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is taught based on the fighting system perfected by Master Helio Gracie who passed it on to Master Pedro Sauer, who then passed it on to Professor Eddie Edmunds here in Salt Lake City. 

Although we also teach techniques that are seen in what is called “sports Jiu Jitsu” and many of our students compete successfully in Bjj Tournaments – our lineage is a fighting lineage, and as such, we keep to our roots in self-defense. 

One of the reasons Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is so wildly popular today is because of its fighting application seen in the early cage matches in the UFC. For the first time ever, we saw smaller opponents defeating much larger, stronger opponents using techniques rather than strength or speed. That is WHY BJJ is what is today and at Fusion Academy, we intend to keep self-defense in our teachings for as long as we are here.

Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Good for Women?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in our opinion is the ultimate fighting system for women. As we mentioned before – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu allows someone to defeat opponents who are larger and stronger using precise techniques that are not dependent upon strength, speed, or athleticism to be effective. 

Plus, there are a lot of women who train Jiu Jitsu in the Salt Lake Valley in general. In fact, the current ADCC women’s world champion (Amy Campo) lives in Salt Lake Valley. 

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

Or follow the BJJ Grandma on YouTube and Instagram if you wonder whether you are too old for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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). 


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