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Keeze
7/15/2009 9:20am,
I've always been really interested in training in a grappling style of MA. Unfortunately, I come from a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, where all that was offered was TKD. Now that I've moved off to college though, I have the opportunity to train in BJJ. I found out about this place through a friend who claims that it is legit. Is there anything that I should be looking for on my first day of class to make sure that it is a legitimate BJJ school. I saw the school's website and was slightly skeptical. I just want to make sure that if I'm going to dish out the $$ I'm getting my dollar's worth.

http://www.louisiana-ata.com/program.htm

There's the main site. If you click the BJJ button a little description of the class shows up.

Basically today my friend is taking me to the dojo at 5:30 while they have it open for any of the students to come in and use. And he's going to work 1 on 1 with me until the class starts at 7:00.

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer.

v1y
7/15/2009 9:49am,
Well the first thing that popped out was ATA, so i was skeptical.

However the listed lineage seems legit at least according to http://www.bullshido.org/Paulo_Wesley_Lopes

Anyways a good bjj school they should definitely be rolling every class (although some might not let you roll for your first couple of classes).

A decent measure of a good school is belt parity. The guys with coloured belts should be destroying the white belts.

Keeze
7/15/2009 10:02am,
My friend tried to describe how the classes normally go. (Bear with me, I have absolutely no grappling experience), and from what he told me the weekday classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, and you start on the ground with a partner, then once you've rolled with them for a bit you swap until you go up against everyone. Then on Fridays and Saturdays, they start from standing and work on takedowns. I guess I'll know more after tonight.

And somehow this line in the description just doesn't sit well with me.

" For the first time we are making available an entire learning process that will guide you through an authentic Brazilian jiu-jitsu curriculum. "

ignatzami
7/15/2009 10:06am,
Good luck with BJJ. The best advice I can give you coming from a Judo and BJJ background is STAY CALM! Work with higher belts, blue, purple, brown etc. and STAY CALM!

Bullet point go!

* New guys have a tendency to go all out 110% spaz. It's dangerous and counter productive. STAY CALM!

* You are there to learn yes? Then learn. Stay CALM work technique, at first you will know nothing. Tap early, tap often and LEARN.

* TAP EARLY! TAP OFTEN! There is no shame in taping, your not "beat" your avoiding injury. Do not fight a lock or submission it can, and will, get you hurt.

* LEARN TO FALL! Break falls, especially for takedowns are a god send.

* HAVE FUN! If your not enjoying your training you won't continue. So relax, have fun and remember...

STAY CALM!

v1y
7/15/2009 10:16am,
My friend tried to describe how the classes normally go. (Bear with me, I have absolutely no grappling experience), and from what he told me the weekday classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, and you start on the ground with a partner, then once you've rolled with them for a bit you swap until you go up against everyone. Then on Fridays and Saturdays, they start from standing and work on takedowns. I guess I'll know more after tonight.

And somehow this line in the description just doesn't sit well with me.

" For the first time we are making available an entire learning process that will guide you through an authentic Brazilian jiu-jitsu curriculum. " You need to find out what the technical instruction is like. This is as important as rolling.

slideyfoot
7/15/2009 3:06pm,
Welcome to Bullshido!

You might find this BJJ Beginner FAQ (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2006/10/bjj-beginner-faq.html) useful, as a new student in BJJ.

As I mention in that FAQ, for further reading on BJJ, I'd recommend the following threads:

Training, Stagnation and Tapping (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=974042)

Maximizing what you get out of rolling (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1253088)

Protecting Yourself During Sparring (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?p=1234198)

BJJ Rolling Guide for Beginners (http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f12/bjj-rolling-guide-beginners-926678/#post29020042)
Grappling Basic Principles (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=20609)

Advice for Noobs (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1776425&postcount=1)

10 Quick Tips for White Belts (http://www.aesopian.com/353/10-quick-tips-for-white-belts/)

First Day Lesson (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1232603)

Fundamental 5 (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1019474)

Obvious Epiphanies (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=62601)

And the following articles:

Starting BJJ Classes (http://www.grapplearts.com/Starting-BJJ-Classes.htm)
Nuggets of Advice (http://www.aesopian.com/127/nuggets-of-advice/)
Beginning BJJ (http://www.beginningbjj.com/index.html) (free e-course and e-book)
The Journey to Blue Belt (http://www.aesopian.com/112/the-blue-belt/)
Getting Started (http://www.mastersdivision.com/blog/2009/05/getting-started.html)

Keeze
7/15/2009 9:29pm,
Ok so I'm back from my first night at BJJ. Here is the general rundown of what happened. I show up and go over the basics with my friend who is a white belt. I later on find out that everyone is a white belt, and that the instructor is only a blue belt. I became even more skeptical...

I decided to still give it a go, and I'll admit that rolling was a LOT of fun. I had a great time doing it, I even managed to sub someone with a "keylock" once. Other than that, I experienced many triangles around my neck. Overall it was a good time.

The instructor travels to conferences as much as possible during the year, and is tested under the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. He also gives a DVD with all of the white belt techniques on it to each new student.

To sum it up: I enjoyed the class. I feel that I am a better ground fighter for having taken it. However I do not wish to be taught incorrectly, and the DVD thing is super sketchy. (Oh, and it's the only ground fighting offered within this area).

I'm sort of torn here... I get one more free day, and that'll be next week. Any suggestions?

slideyfoot
7/16/2009 2:54am,
I've had lots of great advice from blue belts: if you're only just starting, then you can definitely learn from a blue belt.

However, long-distance affiliate programs can be problematic: some threads on the WBJJA here (http://www.efnsports.com/forum/index.php?topic=6015.0), here (http://www.cagewarriors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36999) and here (http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f12/what-heck-924781/).

Keeze
7/16/2009 2:32pm,
I think that I'm going to give it a go. My main goal was to improve my ground fighting, I don't care too much about a belt as much as I do about learning to fight well on the ground. This place is close to home and is cheaper than some other BJJ places, and the next closest place is probably 80 miles from my house, and costs quite a bit more. Also, this guy leaves the place open for about 2 hours per day where we can just go in and use the gym or roll on the mats with a partner. So not only am I getting beginning instruction, but I have a place to go with a partner every day and have a good rolling session. I think it'll be sufficient until I graduate from college (a year and a half), and then I'll be moving off to a bigger city, and hopefully one with a Black Belt in BJJ who I can study under, and I'll be able to bring the skills I have already learned.

I can tell you though that I've had a blast over the last couple of days working with my partner, who I found out was a wrestler in high school, which explains why I have such a hard time grappling with him. Plus he's done this for about 6 months on and off. :)