The rationale behind our beginner class is to give absolute beginners a basic jiu jitsu vocabulary. It’s to expose them to jiu jitsu ideas, give them an overall foundation, and to teach them how to be good training partners. In the Jiu Jitsu Institute curriculum, the beginner curriculum teaches a mix of sport and self-defense.
The beginner class is also a safe place. It addresses this idea of ego threat, where adult beginners may feel a threat to their self-worth, and so when surrounded by other fumbling individuals, it is okay to feel like a n00b spazz because everyone does. It’s also a bonding time – classes are smaller, they can ask the “dumb” questions that they might not ask in front of a group full of advanced students.