Making the decision to train in Jiu-Jitsu is a transformative step towards personal growth, fitness, and self-defense. But where do you start? Selecting the right academy is paramount. Here are some factors to consider.
Experienced and Qualified Instructors
In Jiu-Jitsu, the expertise of your instructor matters. A world-class teacher like UFC fighter and Black Belt NoGi World Champion Herbert Burns, for example, who instructs at The Way Martial Arts, has over 20 years of experience and a deep understanding of the sport.
Contrast this with some other schools that may hire instructors with less experience or lower qualifications. The difference in the quality of instruction you receive can be significant.
An Inclusive and Diverse Environment
Inclusivity is vital. A great academy should welcome all age groups, genders, skill levels, and fitness levels. At The Way Martial Arts, we pride ourselves on our diverse and accepting community.
In comparison, some academies may cater to specific groups or have an intimidating atmosphere which can hinder the learning process and enjoyment of the sport.
A Focus on Real-World Self-Defense
Ensure that the academy you choose teaches practical, real-world self-defense techniques. Every technique taught at The Way Martial Arts is battle-tested and street-certified. Some other academies may focus on competition-specific techniques that may not be as applicable in a real-world self-defense situation.
The location of your academy is crucial. It's beneficial to have an excellent academy right in your backyard, as is the case for Lantana residents with The Way Martial Arts. This convenience enables consistent training, while some may struggle with the commute to less conveniently located academies.
A trial class gives you a feel for the academy’s environment and instruction style. At The Way Martial Arts, we offer free trial classes because we believe in the quality of our instruction and community. Not all academies offer this, but it's an essential factor in making an informed decision.
In conclusion, when choosing the right Jiu-Jitsu academy, consider the instructors' experience and qualifications, inclusivity, real-world applicability of techniques, location, and the availability of trial classes.
Ready to take the first step towards your Jiu-Jitsu journey? We invite you to join us at The Way Martial Arts for a free trial class. Experience first-hand the difference a world-class academy makes.