1. Every BJJ and Judo membership is different. Do your research.
Like any service, this rule of thumb still applies: you get what you pay for. Prices will vary depending on the quality of gym, level of client-focus, as well as skill of the instructor. It really depends how important training is to you and whether you would like to do it safely and utilize your time and money more efficiently. Fortunately, we teach very high level and authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, and the surrounding area, and our prices are very competitive and gives additional access to our weightlifting gym and self defense classes.
2. BJJ/Judo isn’t a “drop-in class” type of sport. Become dedicated.
We create competitive membership plans to encourage students in dedicating themselves to the art. Turning out to be more inexpensive in the long-run, registering with a package helps you stick to the program. Jiu-jitsu is not an activity you do sporadically, it’s a lifestyle you dedicate yourself to in terms of personal goals, i.e. “In six months I’ll have completed level one”. Our free trial is available to all beginner students, this way they can have the freedom of giving the program a shot before delving full-tilt into the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Family discounts are also available for affordability.
3. Most memberships require the purchase of a Gi.
The first important purchase necessary to starting out in BJJ and Judo is your uniform – also known as a Gi. The Gi has evolved from the uniform commonly used in Japanese martial arts and is usually made of a sturdy cotton or canvas fabric. The uniform consists of a jacket and trousers, including a cloth belt (white for beginners) which is tied around the jacket to signify rank/skill. Different classes and skill levels may require use of equipment, and that should be looked into before signing up to a program as well.
Depending on your size and program, the cost of a Gi at our academy ranges from $125 to $185, and is a required purchase in conjunction with your membership. Should you decide to cancel your membership, your Gi can still give you free access to our weekly self-defense classes. Who said you can’t wear your Gi, wedding dress or tuxedo again?
4. It’s okay to feel nervous at the beginning.
It is totally normal to feel nervous about participating in physical activity, especially where there is contact, and even more so when you are new to the sport. Naturally, starting fresh in martial arts brings some anxiety as you don’t know what to expect, or how to react to being grappled or taken down. However understanding the lesson and takeaways will make you physically and mentally tougher for the next session. With this in mind, it helps to know that you are learning alongside a group of individuals who are in the same position as you are, and with an instructor who is more than happy to teach the art.
5. Tournament participation isn’t mandatory, but there are perks.
The path you choose in BJJ/Judo is entirely up to you. You are free to choose learning through competition or strictly via training. However, if we could make a suggestion, it would be to become familiar with sparring and competition, as competition itself is a tool for self-improvement. Our sensei, Professor Rodrigo Resende, has recently published an article on the value of competition, and helps identify some of the great benefits associated to competition.
Thinking of getting started? Click here for a free one week trial at the Rodrigo Resende BJJ Academy in Spruce Grove, AB.