Is Jiu-Jitsu Right for me?
No matter your age or ability Jiu-Jitsu really can offer you something, but you should really understand the reasons behind you joining a club. Before you begin training.
- Are you looking for competition?
- Do you want to learn new skills?
- Are you looking to improve your health and fitness?
- Do you need a confidence boost?
- Do you want to learn to protect yourself?
This list goes on and on…
Your first job is to find a club that best matches your needs and suits you. Don’t feel pressured into choosing the first club you visit. Don’t be pressured into signing a membership and buying a gi and insurance on the first lesson. Shop around clubs offer many different options. Talk to instructors and watch a session to see if it fits in with your expectations. Also check club credentials because there are no restrictions on who can open a club, do your homework and find out:
- What qualifications do the coaches have?
- What Policies and Procedures are in place?
- Are the instructors DBS checked and how often are they renewed?
- What Risk Assessments are in place?
- What measures are taken to ensure your safety?
If they say ‘no’ to anything, you cannot see evidence or if you don’t feel completely happy then walk away. Don’t forget a simple google search on the instructor can reveal an awful lot.
Am I too old?
Again, I would suggest you have a clear idea of why you want to do Jiu-Jitsu and think carefully about your choice of club.
Mostly, I would say ‘no you are not too old’. Just make sure that you are not overdoing it. The fact is you will not be able to keep up with younger student. By building it up slowly and will be able to give them a run for their money. Above all be sensible, know your limits and stick to them, don’t be tempted to over do it because you will regret it later.
I have a health condition!
Always check with a healthcare professional before starting any new Martial Art. Once you have been given the all clear and found a suitable club I would be honest and upfront with your coach, share the information you have and the medical advice you have been given.
As a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis I have never had a problem doing Jiu-Jitsu as long as I stuck to my limits and didn’t over do it. So STOP when you need to and see the session as a positive – Look at what you have achieved and not what you haven’t done. I try not to measure my progress against other students but against myself (I am not always successful, but I do try!)
Remember it’s your lesson and you control it
Overall Jiu-Jitsu can really enrich your life building on your fitness levels, confidence, concentration, flexibility, coordination, friendship, self discipline and this is just the start. However, to be successful you need to be dedicated, have courage, be optimistic, honest and open minded only then can you really progress after all ‘a black belt is a white belt that never quit’
So if you are new to Jiu-Jitsu or fancy a change, grab your self a free week and get yourself to an IJJA dojo – You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!