This looks rough! Will I get hurt?
Almost everyone is a little nervous when they are walking into a martial arts studio for the first time. Then, when you first walk in the door and see all these people trying to choke and armlock each other you think, “Ok… maybe this isn’t for me!!!”Ok relax… Not to worry! When we have a beginner start training, they go through a specific process designed to expose them very slowly to BJJ or Kickboxing. It is a step-by-step process in which the beginner student is taught the basic fundamentals.
For example, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a new student starts by learning one basic position from the top and the correlating position on the bottom. They learn why this position is effective and how to hold it and move with it. When the rest of the class starts sparring they are not thrown in to wrestle with everyone. Instead they just start wrestling only the position they have been working on, if they loose the position they start back over. When positional training, students learn to pace themselves and focus on thinking their way through the technique rather than just trying to win. At this pace, both students are able to get a better understanding of that position.So if you are hesitating because it looks too rough or intimidating just take a deep breath and come try one class out. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to start then it might look!