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    Default How fit do you need to be to start BJJ?

    Hi, I really want to begin BJJ but I'm not as fit as I used to be.

    Too many fry ups and cream cakes has left me with a bit of a spare tyre, and I was wondering what might I expect from my first BJJ class.

    Don't get me wrong, I can run for a bus without having a stroke and I'm in pretty good health overall. I used to box so I know what a physically intense class is likely to involve.

    I know that I need to get fitter, but it seems a little stupid to have to get fit just in order to attend classes. I'd far rather attend classes and use that to help both my fitness levels and give me an introduction to BJJ.

    I'm in west london. Has anyone got any recommendations as to where would be suitable for me to start out at?


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    Its a different kind of fitness. I can't run for shit but I outlast guys who run half marathons when rolling. Just go and train

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    1)As above - it's a strange sort of fitness that isn't necessarily comparable to anything else. You can always stop for a bit if it's killing you.

    2) Easy question for me - since I only started recently and live in SW london and did loads of research. Your main choices will be:

    Carlson Gracie (Hammersmith)

    Roger Gracie (Ladbroke Grove)

    RGA@ the Budokwai (Kensington)

    AFAIK (I have only trained at one) they are all top notch. Check this map if you want comprehensive club listings: .

    They all do other stuff as well - CGA and RGA do Thai and sub wrestling/no gi. Budokwai has really really high standard Judo.

    Hope that helps

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    Thanks fellas,

    I've dabbled a little in wrestling, and I was an amateur boxer some way back, and as far as I can remember it was always the warm ups that killed me.

    The sparring and the like was never much of a problem, but some of these instructors are proper fecking nazis with their warm ups imo!!!

    I don't want to turn up to a class, do a warm up, and be so drained that I struggle to continue with the class.

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    That's a good link SWM thanks.

    The clubs you've listed would all be good for the area where I live.

    Does anyone know anything about these guys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iconoclast View Post
    That's a good link SWM thanks.

    The clubs you've listed would all be good for the area where I live.

    Does anyone know anything about these guys?
    Had a look at the website - no real details about instructors. A quick search of EFN brought up that the instructor is Leopoldo Pires (Black Belt) and Ryan (purple belt)

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    You don't need any fitness at all. At my first lesson I was fucked 2 mins into the warm-up! Didn't take me long to get the hang of it though, just train hard and it gets easier quickly. -

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    LOL@Yoga, although I suppose it could be of use to a grappler?

    OK thanks for that. I think I'll have to pay a visit to a few of these places.

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    Just get in there and start rolling!!
    Come to the Boiler room on a Weds Eve, MMA 6:30 til 7:45 followed by BJJ
    Loads of nice cardio to pick your fitness up Quickly!!

    Carlsons would love to see you!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Guvna View Post

    Carlsons would love to see you puke!!!

    LOL Cheers

    Yes, Carlsons is on the list of places that I'm planning to try. I've heard it can get quite packed out in the evenings though? Having looked at their site, I think their basics class would be best for me to begin with.

    Does anyone know if I can just turn up there in shorts and a t-shirt, or will I need a GI straight away?

    Also, does anyone know anything about this place?

    The Battersea classes are of interest to me.

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