New to Jiu-Jitsu?


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a practice that is literally available to anyone of any capability and at any age. It is much more than a physical practice; it is a mindful practice. BJJ allows you to remain present and internally balanced and to enjoy good health and a lean body through the principles of unified breath, alignment and movement.

At JCBJJ, we have a class for everyone and we love to help new students discover the joys of practice. Gain more serenity, increase your strength and flexibility and so much more with a regular practice. There’s a reason why this ancient discipline has survived the test of time!

A Few Words about Jiu-Jitsu Etiquette

Here are some simple guidelines to help you feel comfortable and get the most out of your JCBJJ experience:

  • Avoid eating a heavy meal before class and eat a light snack 1 – 2 hours before class.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before class so that you have time to get situated and settled before class begins.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.
  • BJJ is practiced barefoot. Please remove your shoes  and your socks prior to the getting on the mats. Put your belongings in the back room.
  • Heavy perfumes and deodorants can bother other students, who may have sensitivities.
  • Please silence your cell phone before class begins.
  • If you are new, please introduce yourself to the instructor and share with them any injuries or concerns you may have.
  • The front and rear doors to the studio will be closed once class begins. If you are unable to get to class on time, please call the studio to let us know you are on the way.
  • BJJ uniforms are available for a small rental fee, If you are interested in training with the GI.
  • Always be good to yourself and listen to your body. Never push yourself beyond your limits.
  • Trust your intuition and let your breath guide you through the practice. If you cannot breathe smoothly and deeply, you are likely working too hard. No one knows you and your body as you do. A mindful practice is a safe practice. The mindfulness you cultivate on the mat will eventually extend into your everyday life, paving the way for greater ease and contentment.
  • Stay open. Some techniques and practices will feel great and others may not. Stay open to possibility and keep trying new things. An open mind paves the way for an open body and an open heart.
  • Remember to be kind and friendly to your training partners.
  • Say hello, introduce yourself, and help build our JCBJJ family.

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