What to expect
On this day we're going to give you some hands-on experience with Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This is your moment to try and explore something new and fun!
At the end of the day, you'll have a firm grasp on a handful of techniques that can save your life, or might help you look cool in front of your friends.
Who this is for
For anyone curious about Brazilian-jiu-jitsu, You don't need any prior experience, and you don't even need to be in shape!
What you will learn
- The secret history of BJJ
- Why BJJ is the best martial arts
- How BJJ can help smaller and weaker people win against bigger opponents
- Why you don't need to be strong to be effective
- How to defend yourself when someone gets on top of you
- The most effective choke in the world
Nijverheidskaai 3c, 9040 Gent
What to bring
- Some sports clothes, preferably with a closed neck.
- A water bottle
- A towel (you probably won't get sweaty)
- Open mind
15:00 Mingling and meeting the coaches
15:30 The secrets of BJJ
16:00 Trying some techniques
16:30 How to get started
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Q: Do I need to be in shape before starting Jiu-Jitsu?
Absolutely not, Jiu-Jitsu will help you get in shape, and technique can be applied by people of any body shape and size. That being said, it does help in competition to be flexible, strong, and have good cardio. But those are problems for later. Let’s start with technique :).
Q: What material do I need before class?
If you warn us in time before coming, we should be able to provide you with a loan gi and a white belt. So that’s really enough to do your first class. Remember to bring a towel and a water bottle. It's also recommended to get a mouthpiece to protect your teeth, but not strictly necessary. Pretty much any mouthguard is good, we recommend just starting with the cheapest one you can find.
Q: How does Jiu-Jitsu relate to other martial arts?
Well, it’s obviously the best martial arts of all time (except maybe boxing 😉). It has no punching or kicking, it's just grappling. So kind of wrestling with submission holds. The best part about it is that you can go 100% intensity, without hurting each other. This makes it great for self-defense too, because you get used to the intensity and are unlikely to hurt someone by accident, avoiding legal liabilities. The UFC was started to find the best martial arts, so it’s no surprise BJJ dominated everything the first few editions.
Q: Is it dangerous to train jiu-JItsu?
While injuries do happen from time to time, it’s mostly a safe sport. Most people train at high-intensity multiple times a week for years without getting injured. Most injuries come from people not being careful with themselves at each other. If you’re new, people know to be careful with you. Don’t worry it’s safe enough for you to give it a shot.
Q: How do I start?
At the moment, we’re taking the whole group through an extended foundational program, so for now, you can basically start in every class and you should be fine. Later on we’ll probably split up the beginners class from the advanced class.