10. Great Community From All Walks Of Life
The scariest thing most people find about joining a gym is taking that first step inside one.
Fortunately, jiu jitsu isn't like that. It may seem daunting, but once you're on the mats that fear soon starts to go. Regardless of belt, these players are here to learn just as much as you are. Remember, we all start somewhere so they'll know exactly how you feel.
But once you're on there, and you're learning moves to essentially bend/strangle each other with, all that apprehension goes out the window.
I've made long-term friends with people from jobs/life aspects that I never thought I would. I've seen what look like absolute thugs enter and become people I'd trust to look after my dog (and I haven't even got a dog).
There's no snobbery, no ego because your belt says you've been here longer.
There's just a bunch of folk, all races, backgrounds and genders having a good time. None of this "let's smash the new guy" mentality that you'd see in the movies.
If any club ever does that, they're not worth your patronage.