When kids are ready to try something new, they don’t spend a lot of time worrying about the details. They just dive right in. But adults beginning a new pursuit tend to spend a lot of time planning and even worrying about how it’s all going to go. Understanding what to expect can be a good first step. And if your new pursuit happens to be starting BJJ, you’re in luck! We’re covering common FAQs if you’re starting BJJ.
How do I find the best school for me?
We like how you think! Your school and instructor can make or break your BJJ experience, so it’s worth spending a little time researching your options. While we can’t speak for other schools, we can share a bit about Guerrilla here in Reno. It was founded by Dave Camarillo, and the guy has a serious resume — he’s an Olympic Judo practitioner, mixed martial arts coach, Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt, and military combatives trainer. His curriculum is an incredible blend of modalities with a focus on efficiency. And FYI, Freestyle Martial Arts is the only Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu affiliate in Nevada.
Our program is designed for men, women, and children, and our instructors are committed to teaching proven techniques in a safe, productive, professional environment. New students are always welcome. If you’re considering BJJ schools in Reno, consider this your personal invitation to meet our instructors, learn more about our program, and in April, tour our amazing new home on Sharlands Avenue in northwest Reno.
How often should I train?
This is another common question from adults getting started in BJJ. Planning your classes is a good sign, so this one gets a polite golf clap from us. There’s no single answer, since your personal goals need to be considered. It comes down to striking the right balance of enough classes to progress with enough time to rest and recover so you don’t get physically or mentally burned out.
If you’re training once a week, every class is going to be really, really hard. If you’re training two to three times a week, you’re in the sweet spot. If you’re training three to four days a week, you’re still in the sweet spot, especially if you’re really loving your classes. If you’re training five to six days a week, you’re probably competing. In that case, you probably aren’t reading this.
How can I get past feeling intimidated?
If you don’t work out or you’ve never participated in martial arts, it’s not uncommon to feel pretty darn intimidated at your first BJJ class. Don’t let it get the best of you! Everyone has their first day on the mat. Still, it can be helpful to focus on a few things. At Guerrilla, your instructor will know it’s your first day and can keep a close eye on you, which may involve partnering you up with someone specific. In class, try to focus on yourself. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else — just pay attention to your instructor and what you’re supposed to be doing. If you’re really panicked, see if you can recruit a friend to start with you. Having a familiar face is always helpful.
How can I be a good training partner?
If you’re asking this question, that’s a great sign. Much of it comes down to being respectful. Make a point of coming to class clean and showered, be focused and present, and listen to feedback. Communication is key, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
If your mind is still spinning with questions, we’re here to help. Contact us today, and let’s schedule a time to talk through everything you need to know about starting BJJ in Reno.