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When you start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) you don’t need much but patience and a good teacher. The right clothing however can make your journey more comfortable.

The uniforms of BJJ have evolved from the universal Gi’s used in Tae Kwon Do or the heavier ones in traditional Judo. Some according to my friends are too soft for anything more than pajamas and others too course. The ones featured here that the host of the WarriorCast podcast is wearing are functional, comfortable and stylish. They run a little smaller than I am used to. The ones in the picture are marked A4.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.

The Warriorcast podcast is a weekly show of interviews and viewpoints from Ken Blanchard, II about MMA, boxing, and pop culture. You can listen at warriorcast.com

It usually starts with the thought, “I want to try out jiu jitsu.” Start with an intro class at your local gym. It may be a solo class or with a small group with the instructor to teach you the basic movements. This is your opportunity to see if you like the environment, people, and setup as well as ask them any questions that you might have about how things are run. I would expect them to talk to you about how they structure their program (pricing, contract terms, etc.) after the lesson, but you should not feel pressured to sign anything. It is 100% ok to say that you want to think about it before signing anything if you aren’t ready to sign for any reason.

If you’re not sure about something like what to bring/wear, just ask on the phone.

I often see two things that a lot of people worry about but that are rarely issues. First, they think they’re going to show up and basically get beat up for an hour. That is not how it works. They’ll help you get acclimated, you’ll do some warmups, then you’ll spend most of the class drilling. You might do some live rolling at the end, but again, most schools have you sit back and just watch the live rolling for the first class or two. Once it’s time for you to roll, all your anxiety will be gone.

Also, a lot of people think that they’re going to be an annoyance to whoever they are training/drilling with. That is rarely the case, either. 99.99% of the folks in this sport, regardless of belt color, are more than happy to help new people with questions, technique, etc. Don’t feel like you’re holding them back. We’ve all been in the same place.

Is a great resource for people just getting started or just thinking about getting started. It will answer most of your questions and some questions you didn’t even know you had.

Beginners are sometimes the most dangerous people on the mat. They want to prove themselves. They don’t want to get tapped. They don’t want their ego bruised. For the safety of all your rolling partners, do the exact opposite. They will roll as hard as you roll. They will take into consideration that you are a beginner and try to teach you and go easy with you. Accept that, and leave your ego at the door. You are going to get beat thousands of times before you actually feel experienced. That is called learning.

Also beware of gyms with bullies, and people that want to hurt you. There are a few of them. They are the exception to the rule but watch a class first or get a recommendation from someone you know.

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Reverend Kenn Blanchard is a USMC veteran, ordained pastor and podcaster that began this journey as a federal police officer and firearms trainer. In 1991, he began teaching security and qualifying, civilians and law enforcement officers for armed duties. In 1992, he became a gun rights activist. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He has served on the Urban Affairs and Training committees of the NRA in the past. He created and founded a national shooting club for African Americans called the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club.
In 1999 he became known as the Black Man With A Gun after publishing his first book and launching this website in 2000. He has since copyrighted the phrase. After discovering podcasting in 2007, he created the Urban Shooter / Black Man With A Gun Podcast to be able to reach people he has met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom.

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