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Students learn a closed guard move at Pica Pau Jiu Jitsu.

Preparing for Your First Jiu Jitsu Class

So you're ready to start training! Nice. Getting started is the hardest part, but everyone starts somewhere. This article will help you prepare for your first jiu jitsu or striking class at Pica Pau. Please note that when you're starting out, we will provide all of the equipment you need. You only have to bring the items listed beneath the "What to Bring" section.

What to Bring

  • Clean, breathable athletic wear (think runners/yoga clothing). Ideally, it will not have any pockets or zippers - this will help prevent injuries, scrapes, & cuts.

  • A pair of flip flops. You'll remove your outdoor shoes when you walk in and wear flip-flops around the gym (barefoot only on the mats).

  • A water bottle. Hydration is important!

Safety & Hygiene

  • Trim your fingernails & toenails short

  • Make sure your hair, body, and athletic wear are clean

  • Wear flip-flops around the gym, especially in the restrooms

  • Remove all jewelry & accessories before stepping on the mat

  • Mouthpieces are allowed, but not required

  • A protective cup is allowed, but generally unused in jiu jitsu - they're actually illegal in most competitions

Things To Know

  • Time is set aside at the end of most classes for sparring.

  • You are not required to spar (we don't recommend it for students with < 2 months' experience).

  • If you don't spar, you are welcome to stay and watch.

Special Equipment

For your first few classes, we will provide everything you need. As you train more steadily, you'll want to purchase your own gear. We sell some of this equipment at the gym, but you are not required to purchase these items from us; you can buy them anywhere you'd like. You also may not need or want all of this gear - these are suggestions. It's a good idea to wait until you've trained for a bit to get a better picture of the gear you like & need.

Gi Jiu Jitsu:

  • Gi & belt

  • Mouthguard

No-Gi Jiu Jitsu:

  • Rashguard

  • Grappling shorts/pants (sometimes called "spats")

  • Mouthguard

Ultimately, try to relax and have fun. It is normal to be nervous about walking in the door for the first time. We will always do everything we can to help you feel comfortable & motivated. Be proud - and excited - that you're taking the first step! Before you know it you'll be diving in, making friends, and improving everyday.


Check out our FAQ page and contact us if you have any more questions.

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