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When you first start, the biggest hurdle for most people is just getting through class. It's more difficult than you thought. There's a different kind of endurance needed for grappling.

And there's new ways to move your body. You need to learn how to coordinate your body on the ground and around your training partner. There's a different mobility. It's like learning to walk all over again.

At Madama Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we know this. That's why we have special classes five days per week for people just for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu beginners.

A Typical Beginners Class

A typical class starts with warm-up exercises that included running, calisthenics, stretching, and jiu-jitsu specific drills.

Once the students are warmed up, the instructor begins the days lessons. The instructor will discuss and show a technique from several angles. After the instruction, students will pair off and work the technique out while the instructor (and sometimes senior students) walk around the mat and help those needing individual attention.

After everyone in the class has a basic understanding and ability to do the technique, the instructor will show a follow-up or companion technique to the one previously taught. Again, he will show it from several angles at which point the students will break out in pairs again.

This may happen several times during the course of the class.

The end of most classes includes live training. Live training is often called sparring or rolling live or randori (the Japanese word for freestyle practice).

Rolling live is the practice of pairing off with your fellow students while you spar attempting to use your jiu-jitsu skills versus one-another. In the Beginners Class, we never begin rolling live from the feet. Instead we either start from the knees or from various positions.

A new student must have attended approximately eight classes and have gotten his/her first stripe before being allow to participate in live training.