(This is a long post! Feel free to use the contents below to navigate to the bits most relevant to you.)
Choosing a new BJJ gym is one of the most daunting tasks in a person’s BJJ career. Some are lucky to start BJJ with a gym that was either recommended to them or in their area, and basically never leave. Others have to go through this song and dance multiple times, either because of things outside of the gym (ex. moving to another city) or unfortunate incidents at that gym (ex. scandal, drama).
In any case, this post is intended to help you choose a BJJ gym that’s right for you, whether it be your first one ever or switching to a new one. Note that this is not intended to tell you which gym to choose – but rather, to share a framework that you can adapt to your own needs to make what can be a very stressful decision into a more logical process.