5 Tips for New Students in BJJ and Muay Thai Kickboxing
Posted on November 5, 2018 in Academy News, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing
When new students first start training BJJ and Muay Thai, it can be very exciting, fun, intimidating, and also very confusing. The fun and excitement comes from learning something new every class, meeting new people, and pushing past your own comfort zone. The intimidation and confusion comes from being in a new environment, not always knowing what to do, and trying to be respectful to training partners and coaches.
At 5 Star Martial Arts / Renzo Gracie Los Angeles, we work hard to create a positive and fun training environment for all of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Kids Martial Arts students. We truly want all of our students to have fun, learn martial arts, meet new people, and improve their mental and physical states through our academy. The first few months of training BJJ and Kickboxing are challenging, but very rewarding and fulfilling as you see yourself improve, get stronger, and becoming more comfortable in our classes. Here are 5 tips to getting started in our Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing programs at our 5 Star Martial Arts / Renzo Gracie Los Angeles.
Take Notes and Ask Questions – When you are a new student in any learning environment, there is a lot of new information to process and it can be very overwhelming. Just like in a regular classroom, we encourage students to take notes during and after class so they can review the numerous steps and details to a technique to help comprehend it better. Also, all of our coaches are friendly and available after class to answer questions students may have about techniques learned in class. Don’t be shy about asking coaches or training partners questions. They were all once beginners and are happy to help you.
Drill After Class – Our Jiu Jitsu schedule offers Randori / Open Mats after select classes so students can spar in live rounds. In order for new students to spar at open mats, they will need to be cleared by their coach which could take a few weeks or months, depending on the student’s attendance and understanding of techniques during class. Even if you aren’t cleared to spar, new students are welcomed to drill the techniques learned during class to help understand the techniques, build up their muscle memory and improve their skills.
Ease into Training- When many students start training, they are very excited and want to learn and train as much as possible. This is great, but we want our students to ease into training. For most new students, we recommend not taking more than 2 to 3 classes per week to help get their bodies and lifestyles acclimated to BJJ and/or Muay Thai Kickboxing. Our workouts are fun, but can be physically taxing and we want your bodies to recover and adjust to the training. After all, martial arts training is a lifelong marathon, rather than a sprint. Also, we understand that life in Los Angeles can be hectic with work, family, and other interests and hobbies. At our academy, we want martial arts to be a very beneficial part of our students’ lives and set them up for success by not overwhelming them when they first start training.
Take Care of Your Body – When you start training BJJ and Muay Thai Kickboxing, you will be performing compound body movements, getting a great total body workout, and burning up to 700 calories in an hour. There is a good chance your body will be sore after workouts. You can combat the soreness and fatigue by eating a balanced and healthy diet with whole foods, getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, and stretch and use a foam roller after workouts to aid in recovery.
Be Patient With Yourself – Every new activity has a learning curve. Learning all of the small details and techniques in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing requires years of training. During your first few months of training, your objectives should be focused on learning the basic fundamentals of martial arts and getting your mind and body acclimated to training. It is okay to not have all the answers or to be challenged by new techniques and movements. With consistent training and a positive attitude, you will continue to develop and improve over time.