Versus Grappling Tournaments for 2015 / Should I get fit before I start BJJ?
As long as you are generally healthy, there is no need to worry about “getting in shape” before you come to your first BJJ class. Of course, if you have a pre-existing health condition then you should talk to your doctor before you start any new exercise program. If you have any injuries, tell the instructor before you start the class so that any movements or exercises you do can be modified to keep you safe and accommodate any limitations in your mobility.
BJJ is a sport that uses your whole body, and even people who have trained other sports beforehand, or who are coming from other martial arts, often say that they find their first few classes very tiring. You will not be forced to do exercises that you cannot do, or judged if you feel that you need to sit out of a round of sparring to get your breath back.
Our classes have people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. If you keep coming to class on a regular basis your fitness will improve dramatically. Remember that there is a good chance that the super-fit blue belt that is showing you some moves today was once in the position you are now. Everyone who shows up and works hard is deserving of respect.
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