Being new at anything can be quite a challenge and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is no exception.  There are three things to look for to make starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu easier.  Instructor experience, academy culture, and class format.  It can be difficult to start learning a bunch of unrelated moves and that’s why class format and structure are so important.  It is imperative to have an instructor who remembers what it feels like to be new at something.  Many instructors teach to themselves.  In other words, they teach like they are the ones learning the technique and this is a big mistake.

As a new student, it is easy to think you are not cut out for Jiu Jitsu.  You think there is just to much to remember but you must remember that we all felt like this at first.  It is the details presented at my Academy that makes our system so effective.  The same details that you are learning will be your opponents mistakes, should you ever have to defend yourself.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Mt Airy

Myths of Jiu Jitsu

Below I have listed some common myths that are often barriers to starting or sticking with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

  1. I need to be in shape before I can start.
  2. I’m too old.
  3. Jiu Jitsu isn’t for females.
  4. I seem to forget the moves five seconds after learning them.
  5. I should have started when I was a kid.
  6. Jiu Jitsu is to hard.
  7. My old injuries will prevent me from participating.

Why is American Martial Arts different

I have been doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost 25 years and  I have also been an entrepreneur for that long.  Entrepreneurs are problem solvers so they continually look for ways to make things better and improve.  Rather than dwelling on yesterday, I look to create a better tomorrow.  I knew right away that to have a Jiu Jitsu Academy where everyone could excel,  I needed a solid curriculum so I set out to develop one and did.

The curriculum that I use at our Martial Arts Academy in Mt Airy was not only developed over 18 years ago but it has been constantly adapted and revised to yield the fastest results in a safe and fun environment.  It is not just about learning techniques but about building your mind and body cohesively while learning principles, postures, positions and techniques in the proper order.  Whether someone is looking for competition, fitness, or self-defense we have a pathway in place.

Academy Culture

I am a life long learner and  I am constantly learning new things.  I realize how a new student feels and the challenges they face.  Over the past 25 years I have seen people make remarkable changes in their lives, both on and off the mat.  We are more than a team we are a family and we are stronger together.  We build each other up and support one another.  I am well aware that academy culture is created by the personality of the instructor. I pride myself on always presenting with a humble and positive attitude. You will find that throughout our student body.  Bad attitudes and outlooks don’t last at our academy.  All of our students know that their goal is to make the next new student a better new student than they were.  Only then can the academy continue to grow and excel.

What now

To get proficient at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you will need feel, timing and experience and I know how you get it.  We offer a free class, so you can experience this for yourself. I hope you take the first step to changing your life for the better.  Everything can change in a second.  The second you decide to do something that will improve your life.  I would love to meet you and show you how our program can benefit you personally…..

Here to Inspire,

Kevin Pyles

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Head Instructor at American Martial Arts Academy in Mt. Airy