How to choose a gym - Worksheet (RollingWiththeBigBoys.com)
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ParameterReflectionRecommendationIdeal criteria
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VibeWhat kind of environment have you found most enjoyable when training BJJ?Experienced: Find commonalities of things you've liked - or disliked - in your past gyms.
New to BJJ: Look for a place that matches your personality/where you feel you fit in.
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InstructorsWhat do you want out of a coach/instructor? How would you like them to relate to you in your BJJ learning? Experienced: Find instructors who you can help you take your game/knowledge to the next level.
New to BJJ: List out traits of mentors, teachers, coaches, etc. you’ve gotten along with in the past.
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Training partnersWhat kind of people do you want to train with? How would you like to be challenged while training? Look for a place that offers a variety of body types, skill levels, and commitment (hobbyists, competitors, etc.)
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Class structureWhat are 2-3 things you want to see in how a class is structured? List the things that both your body and mind need to retain knowledge and train effectively.
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SpaceWhat are would your ideal training space look like? Be honest about what are must-haves and nice-to-haves for both the physical gym space and training space.
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LocationWhere can you train that you can easily get to? Focus first on gyms that are closer to either your home or work area. Remember that location can affect price and vibe.
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Class offeringsWhen does the gym offer classes? Are they during times when you’re available? Focus first on gyms that offer classes that fit into the the schedule you currently have.
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