Here are some tips to help you along the way…
Make sure you do your homework
Jiu-Jitsu schools are not all the same. Even organizations such as Gracie Barra, which have a standardized curriculum, are not exact copies of each other, and each school has its own unique flair. This can be a result of the students that train there, or the instructors own personal Jiu-Jitsu. Make sure to find out if the school you’re looking at has classes geared to meet your specific Jiu-Jitsu goals. That could be anything from self-defense classes or fitness.
Remember that iron sharpens, iron. If your focus is to compete at the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu, there are several schools that have competition classes. You have the ability to train with other competitors and learn from the best.
This should go without saying but just to reiterate an important point. A Jiu-Jitsu school is like a home to many of its students. Treat it as such. When walking into a new academy for the first time, respect it as if you were walking into someone else’s home. The last thing you want is to make a first impression as the disrespecting new student.
Keep an eye on what everyone else is doing. Though it's still Jiu-Jitsu, different gyms may have different practices, warm ups, ways of training, etc. I also wouldn’t recommend rolling to the death on the first day, especially with new people. You don’t have anything to prove to anyone as a new person. Jiu-Jitsu schools are typically very welcoming so don’t feel like you need to prove your abilities on the first day. Having good Jiu-Jitsu isn’t about being good for one day, it’s about consistency.
Be willing to try something new
Whatever the reason was you needed to find a new school, it provides you with a unique opportunity to start new. This means any bad habits you developed over your time in Jiu-Jitsu need not carry over into your new school This goes for anyone. Tomorrow is a new day after all.
Everyone’s journey in Jiu-Jitsu is different. Some people may stay at the same school their entire jiu-jitsu career, but not always the case. There are a lot of different points of view, styles, and unique people to meet along the way.
Life is made up of many experiences.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
-- T.S. Eliot
PS In case you didn't know yet, GB Online has a fantastic online program to help your learning process in Jiu-Jitsu.