A warm welcome to our New students

Congratulations on joining the GB Glasgow family, it is a decision you will never regret! BJJ is a truly life-changing sport and we are proud to coach the great people of Glasgow’s communities and beyond this amazing martial art.

However, as a new student, we appreciate you will have some worries, questions and be unsure about a few things ahead of your first lesson. Therefore, we have set up a little frequently asked questions page, to answer your most asked questions as a new student and other pertinent information you may need:


Question Answer
Where are you located?

1 st Luke’s place Gorbals Glasgow 


What should I wear for my first lesson? Shorts, jogging bottoms and a t-shirt are the typical choices for new students.
What should I expect at my first lesson?

Although BJJ is a contact sport, we utilise a number of rituals to build respect, teamwork and a family bond between the GB family.

When you first enter the class after changing, you will line up with the class. Students stand in their rank of expertise, otherwise known as the color of the belt students wear. New students should stand at the end of the line.

The class is run by one our instructors. Before the class begins, students will perform a general body weight warm up, which consists of short bursts of body-weight exercises, and dynamic stretching.

Afterward, students will partner up, with more experienced students will train with the new students, to demonstrate the fundamental techniques. Each GB1 class begins with 6 fundamental training batches, to warm up the body, build muscle memory of the most important movements.

Then depending on the training cycle, technique training will take place, where the instructor will demonstrate a technique with a partner to the group, showcasing the full technique, answering any questions and manipulations a student can use.

Students will then go and practice this technique, taking turns to perform this with their partner. The instructors are on hand to evaluate and offer assistance and advice as possible.

In the majority of classes, there will also be technique specific games, such as ‘King of the Mat’, which help you use the new techniques in a live-action scenario, with various outcomes to meet depending on the type of weeks training focus.

In some classes, there will be fundamental rolling as well. Rolling is live sparring with an opponent, lasting normally 5 minutes at a time, and partners change around. Typically, on fundamental rolls, no submissions are allowed, which allow students to work on the fundamental techniques like shrimping, bridging, and so on. These are key concepts to learn to build your BJJ knowledge and experience and fundamental shrimping allows a new student to focus on learning the movements and have a lot of fun at the same time.

At the end of the lesson, the instructor leads a basic cool down session with all participants to cool the body down, stretch out the muscles and build a team bond. Once complete, students line up the same way as the start of the lesson. Students will then bow to Master Carlos Gracie’s picture, then to the group as a whole, and applaud everyone.

The GB1 is a great class as you learn the basics, get fit, make some new friends and have a great time all in the same class.

What are the belt ranks?

From beginning to highest

White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black

The belts are worn around the waist and hold the gi jacket closed.

The gi jacket and trousers are blue, with red piping and drawstrings and badge.

What changing facilities do you have?

Separate sex changing rooms.

Toilets and showers.

What course should I start with?

The GB1 is a beginner friendly training programme, with a focus on the fundamentals in a structured setup. The programme, will build your fitness and teach you key self-defense skills and techniques, all with a smile on your face throughout.

This programme is open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or fitness level. Please use the contact form below this table to book your free introductory lesson soon!

How is no-gi different to normal BJJ?

Both versions offer the best of BJJ but no-gi is performed in normal sportswear. Therefore, it is faster and more intense (and slippery).

As no-gi does not have a gi, to control your opponent, there is a lot of new holds, submissions and control moves typically used. Learning these will open up a new side of your BJJ development, which will improve your gi game as well as these can be utilised .

Do you sell refreshments? Unfortunately not at present but there are local shops nearby that cater all needs.


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Become a member of The Gracie Barra family

At the heart of the Gracie Barra Family’s extraordinary success over the years is our strong philosophy and mission as a group, a foundation which our masters laid many years ago, but is constantly being reinforced by the great people that make our community. Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful art, and we have a vision of how it should be taught as a means for individual development going beyond the competitive realm. To achieve this vision, we must remember to come together as a family, always putting the team in front of the individual. For that, we will fight to the end for what we believe is right.