Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for kids help empower children with self-defense skills, more self-confidence, and better self-discipline. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu itself is designed to allow a smaller, weaker person to successfully defend themselves someone who is bigger and stronger opponent. By knowing how to successfully defend themselves, children are less likely to become victims of bullying. The two-person technique practices and sparring helps children in our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes learn how to better cooperate with others, and more importantly, learn how to respect others.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is great exercise for children. The class warm up and sparring help children develop better physical endurance, and the physical movements in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu help children improve their gross motor skills and flexibility. Children, like adults, often find that our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes provide a constructive outlet for stress.
Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I am concerned about my child’s safety in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. Should I be?
A. You might be surprised that most parents who send their children to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes have no experience in any martial art themselves. Black Flag Jiu-Jitsu Club strives to provide a safe, yet realistic training environment for children. We make sure there is enough mat space, and we ensure an instructor to student ratio that ensures proper supervision.
Q. What are your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for children like?
A. Our classes always begin with children lining up by rank bowing in to show respect to the instructors and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu founder, Helio Gracie. Next there is a warm up where children get their heart rate up and practice movements that will help them in their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game. After the warm up, children are paired up with a teammate, usually one close to their size, to practice basic technique drills.
Once the basic technique drills are finished, the instructor demonstrates a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique. Children area again paired up with a teammate to practice the technique presented. Instructors work with children to ensure proper positioning and movement. In the last 10 minutes of the class, children “roll” (“roll” is the term used for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sparring). Children are paired with different classmates and put their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques into realistic practice for 2 minute rounds. At the end of class, children again line up by rank, and bow out to show respect for the instructors and Helio Gracie.
Q. How can Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu help my child not be bullied?
A. We train our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu children to carry themselves confidence. We help equip them to avert confrontations, and if necessary to resolve physical confrontations by taking control the situation by defending themselves without hurting their attacker. This is one of the biggest differences between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and most all other martial arts -- the ability to control someone without striking.
Q. How can my child best excel at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
A. Like adults, the most important aspect of your child gaining good Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills is consistently attending class.
Q. How do children get promoted in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
For children, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt colors are white, yellow, orange, and green. Children who are green belts are automatically awarded adult blue belts when they reach age 16.
All students, regardless of whether they are children or adults, begin as white belts. As children progress, they are awarded stripes on their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belts. Once a student has four stripes, their next award is a graduation to the next belt. Stripes and belts are awarded as children:
Demonstrate belt-level technique proficiency
Exhibit proper behavior and attitude
Maintain acceptable academics
Q. How do I get my child started in your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program?