- Don’t pick the first school you see. Not all Jiu Jitsu schools are created equal, shop around. Visit the schools that look interesting. Most schools offer a free class or two. Take them up on it before you sign up.
- Don’t start with a gi or kimono that doesn’t fit. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gis or kimonos are cut for Jiu Jitsu not Karate or Judo. You first kimono can be inexpensive but should fit properly.
- Don’t start without purchasing a mouth guard. Chances are you are going to get banged up at first. You don’t need a chipped tooth or dentist bill to remind you that a $5 mouth guard would have saved you a $1000.
- Don’t start without purchasing some knee sleeves. They are cheap and save on bruises around the knees which come with being inexperienced and having your guard passed frequently. Know one likes knee pain.
- Don’t start without purchasing a rash guard. It acts like a work glove and helps keep bruising to a minimum plus protects you from skin to skin contact. Some unsavory opponents could have ring worm or some other fungus. You only want them to share their technique with you.
- Don’t think you are going to be Helio Gracie in the first month. You will get tapped all the time at first. Tell yourself you are going to try for a year before you decide if you are going to stop.
Jiu Jitsu is life and life is Jiu Jitsu. By avoiding these six common mistakes you will enjoy both more as you begin the thrilling and rewarding path to BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) enlightenment.