So you want to train jiu jitsu…
Find Your Third Place.
Your academy is like your second home. Here’s an article about the third place. The people that make up that community become like family to you, and it’s important you find the right one to kickstart your journey.
Which one is right for you?
You’ll spend lots of time at your academy, so it is important that it aligns with
your goals for training.
The best way to find the right academy is to ask within your own network.
If you don’t know anyone you can always look online for academies within the
vicinity. The best dojo for you won’t always be the most popular or the highest
Check the reviews of academies in places like Google, and Facebook. This
will help to get an idea of the vibe.
Call for a chat, or follow the relevant online prompts to get in contact.
Shape the path for your success. You need to show up often, so your academy
ought to be convenient for you to get to.
Don’t settle for less than you expect or feel comfortable with.
It’s best to do a trial class before committing to any place of training.
Be patient as you look for the academy that is right for you.
How can you tell which place is for you?
The best way is to remember how you felt in each environment. Was it warm
and friendly? Did you feel embraced, and welcomed?
If you can’t wait for the next class, you may have found your match.
Not everyone finds the right academy first go.
Be free to experiment with different academies before you settle. Your gut
instinct is a good indicator here.