WANT TO START TRAINING BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU – SHOP AROUND FOR THE RIGHT SCHOOL
A decade ago when I decided I wanted to train this “new” martial art I had heard about there were not a lot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools from which to choose. However, I knew what I was looking for in a school. I wanted quality instruction, clean training facility and a user friendly over training environment. I was extremely lucky to have found Professor Tom Dinklage. What impressed me most about his school was the quality of his instruction. Since teaching is my profession, it was very easy for me to see in Professor Dinklage a born teacher.
The best advice I can give anyone who has decided to train BJJ is to shop around for a school. It is a good idea to have in mind why you have decided to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Do you want to compete – are you looking for overall improvement in your physical health – what short term or long terms goals do you have – or maybe you simply want to see if you like this martial art.
BEFORE SIGNING A BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU CONTRAT / AGREEMENT – ASK QUESTIONS REGARDING RULES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR JOINING. SPECIFICALLY ASK ABOUT ANY GEAR OR REQUIREMTN THAT YOU MAY HAVE TO BUY.
The most reliable information that you can obtain regarding a school will come from someone you know who already trains there. They will have first hand knowledge of the school and quality of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction. Most instructors will offer either a free class or at least allow you to watch a class before you sign up. Professor Dinklage offered me a free private – it was that private lesson that convinced me I had found the right teacher.
If you think you have found the right place to train and are ready to sign a contract / agreement – take time to do something that many (including myself) fail to do. Read the fine print. Specifically ask what you need to purchase in terms of equipment. All schools will require that you buy a gi – but many schools affiliated with a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu name or organization will require you to buy not only a gi – but also a rash guard specific to the organization to which they are affiliated. There is nothing wrong with this – it actually promotes a sense of camaraderie in the school where all participants are cloned with the same gi – but let’s face it – it can be pricey. Gi’s can range in cost anywhere from 50 to 60 all the way up to high quality gi’s that can max out at 250 dollars. If you are buying a gi for the first time, make sure someone knowledgeable with gi size gives you a proper fitting.
PRECISION MARTIAL ARTS WELCOMES ALL INTERESTED IN TRAINING BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU – BUT A NEW CONCEPT BEING USED BY A FEW SAYS “IF EXPERIENCED – DO NOT APPLY”
A new concept regarding student enrollment in a BJJ class being used by a very few schools is an instructor accepting beginning or totally new students only. In other words, if you have achieved a higher belt rank you are not “eligible” to train at their school. When I encountered this (definitely NOT at Precision Martial Arts) I have to admit I was stunned. The individual with a higher Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt rank can provide important “sheparding” to the new student – experience is NOT a bad thing.
The rationale used by instructors embracing new student only registration is that they want sole control over the techniques taught. There is “belt color suspicion” that the individual coming in with a higher belt rank does not meet their standards for achieving the same Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Belt rank.
WANT TO TRAIN AT A SCHOOL WHERE INSTRUCTION IS HIGH QUALITY? CHECK OUT PRECISION MARTIAL ARTS IN KATY / HOUSTON AREA
Finding the right BJJ school for training may take some time and effort – but it is worth it. I was very fortunate to find in Professor Tom Dinklage a 5 star instructor (and I am not receiving a training discount just to say that!!!!!!!). Professor Dinklage has worked tremendously hard over the years to build a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school that delivers quality instruction in a very “user friendly” environment. He – and the other excellent instructors at Precision Martial Arts – do their very best to meet the differing needs of all students. He took – in a guy like me – someone who is far from being a natural in this sport – and produced a national champion. As a veteran teacher, I know it when I encounter quality instruction. This dedication to teaching is what has kept me associated in training with Professor Dinklage for a decade (plus a year or two!!!!!!). Precision Martial Arts is the place in the Katy / Houston area to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.