How To Find the Perfect Jiu-Jitsu School (For You)
Finding the perfect jiu-jitsu school is like finding the perfect woman (or man!), it takes a lot of work, but it's well worth the effort! In this critical video, Ryron and Rener breakdown the "Five C's" that you MUST consider before committing to any jiu-jitsu school. Please "share" this video on Facebook, Twitter, and on any MMA/BJJ forums you frequent, because if you DO NOT share this video, you might be the reason why someone signs up at a hole-in-the-wall academy that is run by a self-proclaimed Rickson Gracie black belt where they will serve as "fresh meat" to a bunch of wannabe UFC fighters all of whom have ring worm and/or staph infections! Save the people - share this video!
Here are the five C's to consider before committing to any jiu-jitsu school:
1) Cleanliness: How clean is the school? How often do they clean the mats? What steps are being taken to reduce the risk of skin infections? Are students required to clean their gis after every class?
2) Curriculum Emphasis: Does the school practice street jiu-jitsu or sport jiu-jitsu? What is your training objective, and is the school capable of meeting those objectives? How can you be certain if a school teaches what they promise?
3) Class Structure: Do they have a standalone beginner program? Do they throw the newbies in the advanced students? Do they have a set curriculum with established advancement/promotion requirements?
4) Cooperative Vibe: Are the students working together to help one another grow? Or, are students training without consideration for one another's safety? Does the school encourage the "jiu-jitsu sprint" of 2 years, or the "jiu-jitsu marathon" of 20 years?
5) Coach Qualifications: Who is the coach belted under? Is the coach affiliated or certified? What's the difference? Is the coach capable of sharing jiu-jitsu through a "universal filter" or are they a "fixed filter"?
Although it is unlikely that you find a school near you that meets your personal criteria in all five categories, watching this video will give you a better idea of what to look for. No matter what any instructor says when you meet them, be sure to try several classes before you make any long-term commitments.
If you find an amazing school near you, dive in and have fun! If not, watch this video to see how you can learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from home and test for official belt promotions from anywhere in the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=leaqamCMFyg
To watch a VERY thorough video explanation of the difference between street and sport jiu-jitsu, watch this video:
To find a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center near you, click here.