Sucking sucks, but a lot of the time we think more about being terrible at something than actually being terrible. It’s like not being able to sleep before a big day ahead, and you spend all night stressing over this big day… but then you wake up and everything’s fine. Jiu jitsu is a lot like that. There’s all this if’ing and ah’ing over when to start, how to go about it (e.g. “I need to be fit before I can try it!”)—but then you step out onto the mats and it’s relatively clear skies ahead. Here’s why:
WE EMBRACE THE SUCK
First of all, it takes courage to suck. There’s great humility in rocking up and possibly being absolutely terrible at something you’ve never done before—and owning up to it! We love a good from rags-to-riches story in BJJ, where the nervous newbie eventually grows into a few tips on their belt (or even a different coloured one!). We’re not expecting you to do well at something you’ve never done before. What we like to expect instead, to a certain level, is that you will be gracious in your failures, show perseverance, and just to keep turning up for another round of learning-as-you-go.
WE DON’T TAKE OURSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY HERE
How off-putting would it be, as an unseasoned newbie, to walk into a new BJJ establishment and have everyone basically doing backflips, shouting commands and performing military-style training in front of you? Not only would it be weird because you’re supposed to be training for jiu jitsu and not for the army, but also because no one should expect peak performance from anyone entering into a new environment. We keep things friendly at Kaizen Lab. We want the best out of you while still trying to nurture that individual spirit as well.
IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING TO GET BETTER, WE CAN CATER TO EASILY TO THIS
If you’re tuckering yourself out between classes and can only cope with two or less classes per week, maybe you might prefer a ten class pass instead of a direct debit unlimited membership. Hop onto our fundamental classes, which are perfect for beginners, particularly to focus on building groundwork under a carefully monitored training environment. You’ll find plenty of other beginners there as well willing to fail right along with you (and a bundle of more experienced training partners willing to help you improve as well!).
WE COME FROM ALL DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS
From the competitive martial arts fanatics to the never-done-martial-arts-before-in-their-lives participants, we host all different kinds of different individuals here. Some see jiu jitsu like breathing literal air, others come here happy to just learn at their own pace. We do not expect you to fall into one or the other slot. Try us out and see how we work for you. We host a diverse range of members for you to feel at ease with, and if you’re still unsure about how well you’ll fit in, then by all means bring a training partner. The more comfortable you are on your first class, the better!