With MMA turning up everywhere you look these days and Brazilian Jiu-Jistu’s rapid rise to international fame and recognition as one of the best schools of martial arts for grappling, it is easy to find schools that claim to have good Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs. But anytime there is something as famous and in-demand as Jiu-Jitsu training, there are bound to be posers and charlatans who will take your money, sell you bogus certifications and advancements, and disappear when you get slaughtered in your first tournament.
Choosing a good martial arts academy where you can study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t have to be hard, though. Look for these things when you check out schools and you can’t go wrong.
Make Sure the Instructors Know What They’re Doing!
Many people will claim to have extensive credentials and experience, but not be able to verify them. It is important to be able prove that you have trained and received gradings from widely recognized and respected school if you are going to sell yourself as a martial arts instructor.
Make Sure the Pace of Training Suits You
If they’re background checks out, then you want to see the atmosphere and environment of the Dojo. Each school has its own feel and style of instruction and practice. Some are very aggressive hard knocks schools whose students often sustain minor injuries, some are more conservative schools where the training is lighter and less dangerous.
It’s important that you find a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school where you feel comfortable and at home, as well as one that suits your personal needs and desires. If you want to pull out all the stops and maybe go farther into MMA, you want a hard knocks school. If you’re worried about going to work with black eyes, you want a gentler stable.
Make Sure the Facilities Are Good
It isn’t everything, but equipment does matter. I studied Jiu-Jitsu for years on mats we carried to a public courtyard on weekends and a small, sparsely furnished gym on weeknights. We didn’t have anything but the mats, a punching bag and some disc weights but we made the most of them.
But if you really want to push your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training to the max, you need good facilities. Schools like Peak Performance Martial Arts in Keller, Texas, have a full range of training equipment; speed bags, heavy bags of different weights, shapes and sizes, various padding for striking practice and sparring, as well as cages for those students whose training crosses over to competitive MMA.
One additional thing that you might look for to push you over the edge is a trial period in which to see if a Dojo, or even Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the whole, is right for you. If a school is confident in the quality of its instruction, facilities, and student experience and performance they should have no problem offering you a free trial period to check out their offerings. This is because they know, just like I know, that once you’ve caught the fever, you’ll have to work to keep Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from taking over your life.