Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Checklist
Make sure the instructors belt rank is legitimate, whether it be a brown or black black – a quick search on Google should be able to verify the instructors credentials. On the other hand, you could just look for a near by BJJ gym using the BJJ Gym finder directory, where we have done the research for you.
It is a good idea to do a search Google for the instructor as this should highlight anything they may have been in the news for, whether negative or positive.
At a basic level, make sure the gym looks clean, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a close contact sport and similar to wrestling, infections are easily spread if the gym does not regularly clean the mats.
Do you feel welcome? Is the team friendly? Does it feel right? Every person has different needs, so make sure the gym feels right for you.
MMA vs BJJ gym
Depending on if you are starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for fun/self defence or to become a MMA fighter will determine they gym you should look for. The environments can widely differ so be sure to try out both kinds to make sure you find the one that suits your personality.