The White Belt is the Hardest Belt to Earn
So you have probably heard about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through a friend or maybe through watching the UFC or something like that. You are interested but don’t want to step into an uncomfortable place only to be thrown to the gladiators like it is ancient roman times.
Millions of potential reasons not to go to your first class have run through your head. “Maybe I should just get a little more fit?”, “Maybe I am too old?”, or “What if there aren’t other women there?” to name a few.
All of those are good questions but they all have simple answers. “Jiu Jitsu will make you fit”, “We have students 60 years and older training with us” and “Yes, we have a high ratio of women training with us”. If you have more concerns, I guarantee that we have more simple answers… but why not contact us and find out?
I haven’t got my Black Belt yet, so I can’t be certain, but I have met more people who have made reasons not to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu than to try it. I am pretty sure that the White Belt is the hardest belt to earn. Only a small few people step onto the mats for the first time while the rest are wondering what if.
Your first class
Wow! You have taken the step inside Rossland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s door. You probably thought your arm would be broken by now but instead you are greeted with a smile from a balding, bearded man named Greg. He will probably make a terrible joke which you will awkwardly laugh at due to not wanting to hurt his feelings (this will be a reoccurring theme as you train here) and shake your hand.
First things first. This is a combat sport so he will have you sign a liability waiver. It’s easy to read and only has 3 things to sign, your name, your signature and the date. He will thank you and then tell you to take your socks and shoes off and jump on the mat. You are free to wear gym clothes but he will have spare gear in case you need it.
People will begin to come through the doors, say hello, and hang out on the mats before class starts.
Class starts and the instructor will ask everyone to stand on the wall. He will go over what is going to be taught that day and welcome the new students to the class. There will be a 10-15 minute warm up and movement drills. These are meant to move your body in ways they have never moved before. Don’t worry, everyone had trouble with it when they started but look at them all now, flowing through the drills as easily as riding their bikes (and this is Rossland people, people can ride their bikes pretty well).
We then move into the technique portion. The goal of Jiu Jitsu is to be able to control a resisting opponent using as minimal and efficient force as possible and that normally takes place on the ground. So we start most classes from standing and teach a takedown or a defence so that we can safely get our opponent to the ground. Once on the ground we spend more time going over techniques while on the ground. This usually takes 30-40 minutes. You will see the technique multiple times from the instructor and then get to drill the technique with your partner. The instructor will come around and make small tweaks to perfect your technique and if you ever have any questions you can always ask.
Once this is done we do positional sparring or fight simulations. These are controlled scenarios that you get to try with a resisting opponent. While these rounds only last 2-3 minutes, you will be tired afterwards, I guarantee it!
Once this is finished, we line up, answer any questions you had about the class and then do a little bow and high five to show our appreciation for each other as training partners.
If you enjoyed that class, great! You get 1 full week of training for free with no obligations after it. Keep coming and seeing if you love it. If you do, we will get you signed up at the end of the trial if not, at least you earned your white belt. Congratulations!
If you loved it, then you are welcome to continue with both our Fundamentals and Advanced classes in the future.
Rossland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Our goal is to teach you Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a fun, safe and educational environment while working to create an atmosphere that is open to everyone. We are always happy to welcome new students and would love to show you what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is all about.
If you would like to try a class, please stop in 10 minutes before a scheduled class with a t-shirt, shorts/sweat pants and a water bottle and you will be good to go!
Hope to see you on the mats!
Greg @ Rossland BJJ