Beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Saulo Ribeiro Teaching Beginner Class at Jubera Jiu-Jitsu

When you are looking for a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy you want to find the best place for beginner BJJ students. We want to ignite your love of BJJ. You will find other beginning students beginner classes available throughout the week. Take your time and enjoy being a beginner student. In one class you will focus on the self-defense aspects, body mechanics and basic techniques. The next class focus on getting you ready to train by adding in the next level of technique. Classes generally will have a warmup, followed by standing technique and two ground techniques from a position of the week. These techniques will be shown in a rotating curriculum which allows new people to enroll throughout the curriculum.

Beginner BJJ Curriculum Includes

  • Gracie style self-defense
  • Beginner level judo and wrestling
  • Jiu-Jitsu attacks, defensive postures and escapes
  • Bottom of closed guard sweeps and submissions
  • Top of closed guard breaks and passes

We always tell our students that most of them will overestimate how good they will be in a few months, but underestimate how good they will be in a few years!

Beginner BJJ students will learn self-defense and our techniques go over stance and distance management so that you will be able to stay safe in a self-defense situation whether it happens on the feet or on the ground. Other standing techniques include takedowns and from wrestling and judo. Not only does Professor Jubera have a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but also in Judo as well. Plus he has and continues to train with some of the best wrestlers around, including a NCAA Division 1 Heavyweight Champion. So Matt is rare in how much time he has spent working on takedowns compared to the vast majority of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors.

The core of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is defense and that is why the majority of our Beginner Curriculum focuses on survival and escapes. This will enable you to train longer and safer and have more fun. 

At some academies, they waste time by having you run in a circle and do difficult warm-ups as a right of passage. This old-school mentality makes you feel lost and embarrassed by being the slowest person doing hip escapes in a line.  Then you are exhausted trying to learn a move you have never seen and have little energy for the fun training portion of class. 

Generally our warm-ups are about five minutes and done in your own space on that mat so that you can do them at your own pace. Warm-ups are important and as is getting your muscles warm and prime for the movements along with learning the coordination necessary to perform the moves. But it shouldn’t be something that you fear going to class over. Also from a learning perspective and sports science perspective, you don’t want to be trying to learn multi-step movements when you are completely gassed.

We also spend more time on positional training than a lot of academies. Positional training builds on our position of the week. So if you are learning escapes from the mount position, then you will be training from the mount position at the end of the class. That way you have a chance to try the moves from the position that you were learning from. But what if you don’t know attacks from mount since this is your first week? Well, first you never have to roll, feel free to watch until you are comfortable training. But also feel free to just be annoying by reverse engineering what you learned. So if an escape required them to grab your arm to flip you over, try not allowing them to grab that arm! I usually tell students that their first month their job is learn the warmups. After they have done that, learn to be annoying to their training partners. They don’t have to win, or dominate, just learn to be a pest. Whatever your opponent is trying to do is most likely not in your best interest, so don’t let them do what they want to do. Most techniques take at least a handful of steps to complete and if you take just one of those steps away, the move fails and they have to flow to another technique. You will improve your abilities on the mat and the amount of fun you are having when you take the pressure off yourself to win and instead focusing on being annoying.  

Once you have completed a month or two of classes, start checking out the All Levels class. You will find a curriculum that is meant to take your Jiu-Jitsu towards having a complete game. In this class you will gain a great understanding of different guards from both a defensive and offensive aspect as well learn a ton of new submissions and ways to escape submissions. Our All Level classes are followed by longer open mat sessions to encourage more training and development after class and are available as both Gi and No-Gi classes.

  • Clear, Concise Instruction
  • Emphasis on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Technique
  • Training optional after class

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