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Lake County BJJ Beginners Class: An Introduction

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very intimidating martial art to start. We at Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu understand and have taken steps to try to make your first day less intimidating as possible.  I still remember my first day, the class started at 6:30 and I got off work at 5pm I had an hour and a half to kill.  All I could think of that day was getting to my first jiu jitsu class.  To kill time, I found a Portillo’s. I could barely eat my Cobb salad (the only time I’ve eaten salad at Portillo’s) in anticipation, I was nervous about the unknown.  The class started promptly at 6:30, luckily I wasn’t the only person who’s first day it was.  I was in a small class of about 6. My instructor at the time paired me up with the other newbie.  During class, we were struggling with very basic movements.  Movements that I do now Lake County BJJ beginnerswithout thinking about them.  This day was the first day of my jiu jitsu journey.

I was very fortunate to have a positive experience my first day. To be honest, I probably would’ve stuck around anyway unless it was total chaos.  I know that I was the exception.

We started our beginner program at Lake County BJJ to help ease brand new people into the world of martial arts and brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  When developing the program, I looked back at the positive of my first day and try to recreate it as much as possible.  Other Jiu Jitsu schools have a sink or swim attitude, which is fine, I technically never started in a beginner’s program but my instructor saw the value to teach me basic techniques to start me off before I moved on.  I cannot overstate the value of a beginner’s program:

  • You will learn basic jiu jitsu terminology.
  • You will not only learn techniques but you will learn the concepts behind them.
  • You will learn why and how a certain technique works.
  • Our program will also get you in shape.  There is no better to get into jiu jitsu shape other than doing jiu jitsu.  Running and lifting weights will not get you in shape for jiu jitsu.
  • The techniques shown and done in jiu jitsu will improve your strength and flexibility.
  • You will learn to defend yourself.  The Lake County BJJ beginner’s program teaches a mix of sport and self-defense jiu jitsu.  We think it will only benefit the student to be as well rounded as they can when it comes to jiu jitsu.
  • We make you feel like our family from day 1.  Our classes are a safe zone for beginners, everyone is at the same level, there are no “tough” guys and no one is looking to beat you up.   People can feel safe asking a “dumb” question they might not in front of more advanced students.

Call us today so you can discover all the benefits of this beautiful martial art.

See you on the mats.

Carlos Archila

Head Instructor

Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Carlos Archila is the owner and head instructor of Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Mundelein, IL.  He has been training jiu jitsu over a decade, and is a proud affiliate of New Breed Training Center/Bonsai JJ-USA.  For more information about our classes please visit or call 847-495-2557

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