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    My first BJJ class.

    Hello to you all.

    Haven't written for a long time... Didn't want to test the patience of the wise, but I wanted to tell you that

    Yesterday I had my first BJJ class!!!

    Stuff I liked:

    - Competitors in the gym.
    - Students sweat.
    - The instructor spars with the students - to exhaustion.
    - The instructor is a great teacher. He stayed one on one with me most of the time. He was not compliant at all.
    - The instructor has odd ears - cauliflower ears, maybe? I think that's the sign of the veteran.
    - Competent -to my eyes- white belts.
    - The art itself. I have done Japanese JJ, but now I understand some of the concepts better -using leverage, weight....
    - My knees feel great, but my muscles have had a good workout.
    - They let me in a week before the month I paid.
    - I learned two chokes, an arm lock, a scape, half a takedown and the guard. I think that's quite a lot.
    - No LARPing at all. Grades are not important when you salute, etc. The word 'Sensei' is not used.

    Stuff I didn't like so much:

    - They always use the gi.
    - They speak in Brazilian and I don't speak a word of it. I managed to understand what the instructor was telling me, and I hope I will get better at it.
    - I practised with Wolf and Shark... Capoeira guys get their nicknames, and I don't have one. :))))

    All right, thank you all who recommend BJJ. It was a brilliant idea. I have to leave you now. I'm going back to the gym! Let's roll!!!

    #2
    You should just speak back to him in Spanish, like that guy did in the Gracies In Action clip.

    "Puedo decirles en espanol? Cuando estamos trabajando, no puede levantar a una persona en el aire. Eso no es judo".

    Seriously, though, good for you. I'm a BJJ noob as well.

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      #3
      That's awesome man!
      BJJ is a great sport and there is plenty of good "real world" sparring (rolling) and applications every class.

      They speak in Brazilian and I don't speak a word of it.
      They speak Portuguese and it is similiar to Spanish/French. You will pick it up before long and be able to communicate just fine.

      There was a post somewhere here that had just Portuguese for BJJ on another site. If I can find the link I will post it for you.

      -B

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        #4
        Originally posted by Sub-Zero
        You should just speak back to him in Spanish, like that guy did in the Gracies In Action clip.

        "Puedo decirles en espanol? Cuando estamos trabajando, no puede levantar a una persona en el aire. Eso no es judo".

        Seriously, though, good for you. I'm a BJJ noob as well.

        Hey maybe funny, but most Brazilians speak Spanish also. It is also close enough that Castilian Spanish is understood.

        Usually the Brazilian BB's I have trained with speak Portuguese, Spanish, English and sometimes Japanese.


        -B

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