Since we opened the Jiu Jitsu Company in Old City Philadelphia in June, we have been spending a lot of time trying to put ourselves in the shoes of someone who has never trained Bjj before, and what their experience might be like trying to find a school, starting out as a new student, getting comfortable in a new environment, and building skill in a new sport.
The first thing that is immediately obvious is now there are waaaaaaay more places to train than when Angie and I started Bjj. In Philly and the surrounding suburbs, there are now dozens of places to go and with greater variety of schools and the growth of popularity of the sport, there is also a rising level of quality. The more Bjj there is, the more every school has to do better by their students, and increase the quality of their teaching, facilities and mat culture. But to someone brand new to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Philadelphia, this is super confusing. How do you choose which school to enroll yourself in when there are so many good choices?
With this in mind, we made this video is to give some helpful ideas on what to look for in choosing a Martial arts or Bjj school in Philadelphia. It’s not really skewed exclusively towards our own school either. This is stuff we have gleaned from years of talking to students, participating on Internet forums where new students voice their concerns, our own experiences as a new student in other activities, and our own ideas about professionalism in this decade of Bjj history. I hope you enjoy and please let me know in the comments what you think!