Because there may be some paperwork to complete, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the session.
Most sessions will follow a tried and tested formula:
- Break falling
- Learning and practicing Jiu Jitsu techniques
- Cool down
- Fluid Replenishment
The most important section of any training session is the warm-up. This is where we prepare our bodies to practice Jiu Jitsu by raising our heart rates, warming the muscles and stretching. A thorough warm up is the best way to prevent injuries such as strains, sprains and pulled muscles.
Although warm ups vary from person to person, they all follow a simple structure that has been tried and tested over many years:
Mobilisation – This is where we gently move / rotate the major joints of the body to prepare them for the next stage of the warm-up.
Cardio – Cardio vascular activity (anything that gets the heart pumping faster) raises your heart rate and in turn warms the muscles ready for stretching.
Stretching – Exactly what it says on the tin. The stretching phase of the warm-up covers the whole body to ensure that the muscles are ready to practice Jiu Jitsu.
2. Break falling
In Jiu Jitsu many of the techniques you will learn involve your partner ending up on the floor immobilised. In order to practice this safely, we must learn how to fall, and land on the mats without hurting or injuring ourselves. We call this ‘Break falling’ and it’s great fun! Many students even admit that this is their favourite part of the session!
The reason we all turned up! This will form the majority of the session and is where the class is taught the techniques that form this amazing martial art.
Sensei (Don’t worry – it’s just the Japanese word for teacher) will demonstrate a technique to the class, and then you will partner with another student and give it a go. Sensei will then watch the class practice, and provide one to one feedback so you really will pick things up faster than you thought you ever could!
The types of techniques you learn will depend on the lesson plan Sensei has prepared, the theme of the session and whether there are any forthcoming events (Gradings, competitions, demonstrations etc) in the near future. The techniques shown will follow a theme and will build up in stages so by the end of the session you will be doing some fairly intricate movements without even realising!
Each class is tailored to the level and abilities of the attending students so you will never be asked to do something you are not ready for. Just remember, all our instructors were new once, so they know exactly how you are feeling and are there to help!
This is where we take the energy level right down so you can calm down a little before we send you back onto the streets. We also do some gentle stretching to (again) prevent injury and ensure that you’re not too stiff the following day!
5. Fluid Replenishment (The Pub)
This part of the session is optional, but highly recommended! You have just spent 2 hours practicing an amazing art and will have no doubt burnt off some calories in the process; therefore it is important to make sure you drink plenty of water. (Or beer if you prefer!)
Generally we all go to a local pub after the session to relax, have a chat and discuss any Jiu Jitsu (or non Jiu Jitsu) related stuff. It is always a relaxed affair and is a great opportunity to chat to other members of the club and try to get a drink out of them!
CONGRATULATIONS!! You just completed your very first Jiu Jitsu session at a Preston Jiu Jitsu club!