We’re so excited to have you training with us here at The Cellar Gym! Read on to learn more about what to expect at your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.

What to bring

For your first BJJ class, you’ll need a gi (BJJ uniform) – top, pants, and belt. If you are attending a no-gi class, you should wear a close-fitting shirt (rashguard or compression shirt) and MMA/board shorts. Many students prefer to use a mouthguard, although one is not required.

We also advise bringing a water bottle to stay hydrated before, during, and after class.

Check in

We recommend arriving at the gym 10-15 minutes early for your class. Visit the front desk to get checked in, and we can help you with anything you need. Your BJJ class will meet on the grappling mats in the studio space past the glass windows.

Get ready

Before the start of class, be sure to introduce yourself to your instructor and shake their hand; this will most likely be someone wearing a black belt (if you are unsure, just ask!). If it’s your first time, let your instructor know! We are committed to making sure your first BJJ experience with us is a great one.

Check out this video to learn how to tie your BJJ belt.

All classes at The Cellar Gym are performed barefoot. We don’t recommend wearing socks, as they may cause you to slip and lose your footing on the mats.

During class

Every BJJ class will start with all students lining up by rank (belt) to bow in. Your instructor will lead a warm-up period that may include light cardio activity, stretching, body weight exercises, and BJJ-specific movements.

Following the warm-up, your instructor will demonstrate a drill or technique. The class may also divide into pairs to practice techniques or combinations with a partner. Remember, please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

After class

Most of our BJJ classes are 1 hour long, although some evening classes are 90 minutes to allow for extra practice time. The class will end with all students lining up by rank to bow out.

After you’ve finished your workout, be sure to eat a nutritious meal or snack and drink plenty of water. We also recommend doing some stretching or foam rolling to reduce soreness and stiffness the day after your workout.