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When I walked into Supremacy BJJ four years ago, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know any gym etiquette, I didn’t know how to bow in and out of class, I didn’t even know how to tie my own belt. I had to learn it all on my own, and I’m still learning piece by piece as I go along. I wish back then that I had read just a little about what I should expect and how I should conduct myself, because it’s awkward being the new kid in class trying to keep up with everybody who already knows what they’re doing. That’s why I am writing this blog today, so that hopefully new students (or students that just started training) will read this and understand exactly how they should and should not behave.

Jiu- Jitsu Dos: White belts

  1. Be friendly! talk to people and make new friends and good training partners. It will be much less awkward for you this way and start the beginning of new lifelong friendships that will enhance your training faster as well
  2. See #1 ^^^
  3. Remember to breath
  4. Go at your own pace, not everyone is at the same level! Supremacy BJJ is all about a family atmosphere with training partners that support and help each other be the best they can be.

Jiu- Jitsu Dos: All belt levels

  1. Remember to tap! Tap early and tap often.
  2. Ask questions and listen to advice- if you don’t understand something, ask!
  3. Use what you learn in class- There are positions of the day for a reason, they are waiting to be used!
  4. Practice good hygiene and encourage others to as well- Make sure to keep your nails trimmed, your Supremacy gi washed, and free of any infected cuts or burns that could spread throughout the gym.
  5. Show up to classes regularly- If you want to improve and show everyone that you’re serious about earning your black belt, show up to class! We have a variety of BJJ and Muay Thai classes to offer.
  6. Realize that BJJ is hard- You will get injured, want to give up, you will want to cry, you will want to rip out your hair sometimes, but that’s all a part of what makes jiu- jitsu such an amazing sport.
  7. Try to use technique over strength- If you fail, try again. It’s the only way to get better.
  8. Pay attention to the instructors- They are taking a lot of time out of their day to make sure you are learning and having a good time.
  9. Thank your partner- They are going through things in their life just like you are, don’t treat them badly just because you are having a bad day or because you think you should have tapped them.
  10. If you’re a higher belt, try to help out the newbie and make them feel comfortable- They probably feel intimidated by all of this and just want someone to guide them and make them feel at home, just like you did when you first joined.
  • Coach Laila Ahmad, Head Childrens BJJ and MMA Instructor and Blue Belt

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