The First Session

Like with all things new it is perfectly normal to be a bit nervous before participating in your first jiu-jitsu training session or before visiting another school.

To make it easier for you to plan your first training session, here is a short check list with some important things, you should keep in mind:

  • Look forward to your first training session!
  • Register for your trial session.
  • About one hour before starting your training you should have a light meal that provides you with the necessary energy. Easily digestible energy bars are a good alternative if you start your training right after work.
  • An adequate amount of fluid helps your body to access energy performances and protects you from injuries. Water is, of course, the best choice.
  • Take care of your personal hygiene. Short cut finger- and toenails are mandatory! Also, you should take a shower before every training session, if you are a craftsman or if you come in contact with germs in your job (e.g. hospital staff, sewage worker, etc.).
  • Pay attention to clean training clothes.
  • Be in school at least 15 minutes before the training starts.
  • Do not put on your sports gear until you’re in the gym.
  • Never step onto the mat with your outdoor shoes.
  • supposed to only step onto the mats barefooted. For walking to and in the changing rooms and sanitary area you’re supposed to wear clean flip-flops or slippers.
  • In some schools it’s common to change shoes in the entrance area. Please pay attention to the other participants and follow their lead.
  • Be polite and respectful.
  • During training it’s best to pay attention to the other participants’ example.
  • Know your limitations. Do not try by hook or by crook to keep up with your fellow participants. You’ll have plenty of time to improve.
  • Should you have a medical condition it’d be best to tell your coach as well as your training partner in a quiet moment.
  • Pay attention and do not talk during training, but follow your trainer’s instructions.
  • Make sure not to overstep your limits when sparring.
  • If something bothers you or if the training is too hard for you, you can stop any time!

    Last but not least:
    Have fun and enjoy your first training session!!!