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Unveiling the Truth: 5 Common Misconceptions about Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Court Shaw Competes on a Pro BJJ card in Atlanta, GA.
Court Shaw competing on Submission Hunter pro in 2018

Here at LEGACY 31, our bread and butter is our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) program. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that goes beyond physical prowess to encompass mental resilience and strategic thinking and is one of the fastest-growing combat sports in the modern world. With the rising popularity of the sport, more and more people are signing up for their local gym classes. But, like anything in the modern age, there can be myths, stereotypes, and common misconceptions that may arise.

My name is Court Shaw and as the proud owner of LEGACY 31, Valdosta's premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym, I'm here to debunk five common misconceptions that might be holding you back from taking that first step onto the mat.

1. "I need to be in peak physical condition to start BJJ."

   - Reality: One of the beauties of BJJ is its inclusivity. People of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels can start training. BJJ is not about how strong or fast you are; it's about technique, leverage, and efficiency. As you train, your fitness will naturally improve, and you'll find yourself in better shape than ever before.

2. "I'm too old to begin training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu."

   - Reality: Age is just a number on the mat. BJJ is suitable for individuals of all ages, and many practitioners start later in life. The art emphasizes technique over strength, making it accessible to everyone. Whether you're 20 or 60, you can embark on a BJJ journey that brings physical and mental benefits. In our gym alone, we have members into their late 50s still giving the young guns a run for their money.

3. "I don't want to get injured."

   - Reality: Safety is a top priority in reputable BJJ gyms. Injuries can happen in any physical activity, but with proper instruction, warm-ups, and training partners, the risk is significantly reduced. At LEGACY 31, we prioritize the well-being of our students and provide a supportive environment for learning and growth. If everyone was getting injured all the time, we wouldn't have any training partners on the mats! Our students, team, and coaches all look out for each other, ensuring that we stay strong, healthy, and happy.

4. "I have no martial arts background; BJJ is not for me."

   - Reality: BJJ is known for its accessibility to beginners. It's not necessary to have any prior martial arts experience. Our classes are designed to cater to individuals with varying levels of expertise, ensuring that everyone progresses at their own pace. The journey begins with the first step onto the mat, regardless of your previous background.

5. "It takes too much time to see progress in BJJ."

   - Reality: BJJ is a journey, not a destination. While the learning curve may seem steep initially, progress is made in increments. Consistent training and dedication will lead to noticeable improvements over time. Celebrate small victories, stay committed, and you'll be amazed at how far you've come. The good news is we all love to help the new members. It makes you feel welcome and gives you the necessary foundation needed to progress safely and efficiently.

Embarking on a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey can be transformative, both physically and mentally. By dispelling these common misconceptions, I hope to encourage you to take the plunge into the world of BJJ. At LEGACY 31, we're not just a gym; we're a community that supports each other's growth, goals, and well-being. Remember, the only limits are the ones you set for yourself. See you on the mats!

Court "WARSHAW" Shaw


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