Your first session

Taking a first step in your martial art journey is never easy and I congratulate you for coming that far.

First day

When you decide to join at any of our locations, here is what will happen.

You will be greeted by the receptionist of the gym, just say you are here to train Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and ask them for direction to the changing and training room. We train in the Dojo at Sydney Uni and in the groups training room at ActivateFit.

Any loose clothes will do for your first session, also bring some water (water fountains are available at both locations).

If you are a bit early, you will be greeted by one of our instructors, most likely our lead instructor Franck, or senior grades outside the Sydney Uni Dojo. We all wear white gis (looks like pyjamas) and this is a great opportunity to meet some fellow students. At UTS we will probably be putting the mats down to train on so come in and meet everyone.

We start the session with a 15 minutes warm-up. We perform basic exercises such as running, push-ups, sit-ups, squats and fun challenges to get your muscles and joints moving ready to train. We demonstrate all exercises so you know what we expect from you.

We will then do some break-falling, you will have the opportunity to watch current students do some break-falling for a few minutes and then one of the instructors will teach new comers (such as yourself) some safety movements and break-falling.
Break-falling includes several techniques to stay safe when falling or being thrown. Do not worry, we start from sitting down and kneeling height, we will not throw you just yet!

You will then join the rest of the class to learn new techniques! We mostly train with a partner so you will pair off with senior students or new comers. We like to regularly change training partners during the session to ensure that the technique learnt works on everyone, big and small! It is also a great opportunity to get some tips and tricks from the most senior students.

The instructor will show a technique, highlight few specific points and then send you off to train. You will have the opportunity to perform new techniques (arm locks, releases from a grab, throws) on a partner and then your partner will perform them on you. We usually don’t perform throws on new comers, except if you already feel confident! The instructor always walks among the students and will help if you get stuck.

Feel free to ask questions or get help by calling out ‘Sensei’ (the instructor). Safety is always our first concern so if you don’t feel like doing a technique then just get the instructor attention and let him or your partner know.

We usually finish the session with some self-defence scenarios, or pressure exercises, adapted to each persons own skills. This will most likely be several opponents one-by-one grabbing your wrists and you defending yourself with the techniques you learnt that session.

Then a cool down with stretches and we are finished. We often go and grab some (soft) drinks at a local pub which gives you the opportunity to bond and ask questions and get to know everyone.

After one month

If you stick with training for a month, training twice a week, you will be comfortable with most kneeling break-falling (break-falling starting from a kneeling position) and starting to learn various standing break-falling techniques. Your fitness, flexibility, strength and co-ordination will have improved.

You will start to be confident moving around and performing some of the basic throws and wrist locks.

After three months

After three months of training twice a week, you will be comfortable performing many break-falling techniques from a standing position. You will be safe to be thrown by many opponents, even the bigger ones.

You will know a few techniques too, how to defence from a grab using three different wrist-locks, how to defend from straight punches using five different arm-locks or four different throws. You will know how to defence against attacks with an opponent armed with a bottle or a stick. Your kicking and punching strikes will also be efficient and stronger. At this point you will be training for your first grading to achieve a yellow belt, the first step of your jiu-jitsu journey.