Whenever someone gets into a sport for the very first time, they want to bring a friend to help them ease into a new environment. When there is simply no friend available, people will often find excuses to avoid going or will try and convince themselves that being active again is not worth it. The Icon Jiu Jitsu team encourages you to come even if you don’t have any one to bring. We don’t discriminate by gender, male, female, children, are all welcome. Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) is known to be a male dominated sport, but you’d be surprised at how many women can out preform certain men at Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Everyone at the gym trains extensively and we will all notice a new guy, but so what? Our black belt instructors are quite friendly and will surely help you get yourself familiar with the place. Come by for a visit at our gym in Norwich, Norfolk, and we’d be glad to show you how our classes work. Get a feel for what we do and be sure to ask questions while you are here.

When you’re set and satisfied about how we run things, then coming into your class is a breeze. For your first class it is not necessary that you own a traditional BJJ gi, just make sure you wear something comfortable. Wearing an old t-shirt and some sweat pants is completely acceptable. Although, after a couple of classes it is recommend that you get yourself a gi, because you will not be able to learn proper BJJ techniques without it. Learning things like how to use your gi to achieve a proper choke hold is rather important.

Make sure you do not wear anything that has extra pockets. Things with belt loops or even sweat pants that are too baggy can be dangerous for other people when they are practising a grappling technique on you. Do not bring cargo pants to a BJJ training as this is the prefect example of fingers and toes getting caught in your pants.

If you haven’t visited the gym before, then be sure to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early so you can meet the instructor and get any necessary documents filled out. Give yourself time to get dressed and to do any necessary stretching. Our teachers usually do light warm up before we get into training, but if you’re new and haven’t stretched in a couple of months to years, you might want to give yourself some extra time.

Our school is one of the top BJJ schools in all of Norfolk and you certainly will not regret joining. We are a serious gym that teaches BJJ and not some renamed franchise. We have solid instructors that are dedicated to what they do and who have been training for years to get to where they are today. One of our students won the European championships after only 8 months of training with us, so when you come to our gym, we mean business.

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