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In this day-and-age, parents are always looking for activities for their children to do. Gone are the days of sandlot ball games and backyard, neighborhood tag. More and more, our kids are finding themselves in front of the television playing video games or in front of the computer on the internet.
The kids classes at Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy are the perfect way to get our children off the sofa and exercising while still having fun.
Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy has special kids classes several times each week. The classes include:
Traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (jiu-jitsu with the gi),No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (grappling) and,Mixed Martial Arts / Kickboxing
See Our Schedule for more information.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a grappling style where we do a lot of wrestling-type movements and techniques. As parents of young kids ourselves, we find this is a great activity for children — kids love to roughhouse and most are natural grapplers. So they take right to our martial arts style.
You can read more about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu page.
No, we aren’t going to teach your child to fight in the UFC, but they will get similar training that compliments their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Our kids learn how to properly punch and kick while incorporating their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling skills. At the same time, they also learn how to effectively defend themselves against punches, kicks, and the like.
Our kids don’t punch and kick each other. Instead, they learn to apply their skills on a variety of pads, focus mits, and heavy bags.
If you’re interested in your child learning self-defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven time-and-again that it is the most effective unarmed martial art style in the world. Whether a child is facing a bully or just an exuberant big brother, he or she is likely to find himself pinned to the floor or with arms trapped, so being comfortable escaping from those situations is a valuable tool.
It’s also unlikely that a child will develop sufficient strength to deter a larger person with kicks or punches, nevermind knowing when it is acceptable to use them and to what force. Instead, we teach kids how to use their opponent’s body weight against them with techniques that require less physical strength.
In some martial arts, kids spend a lot of time standing in rows, kicking or punching the air. Because jiu-jitsu and kickboxing requires partners, it’s a very social activity — the kids are always working in pairs or small groups, and helping each other learn.We foster a co-operative learning atmosphere that lets each child progress at his or her own pace.
Our teaching philosophy is a refreshing change from other schools as well. If you check the yellow pages you’ll find school after school ready to teach your child ‘discipline’, ‘respect’ and ‘self-control’. Those are important lessons, but we think the most critical lesson we can offer your child is that exercise is fun, and should be done regularly.
Studies have shown that active children grow in to active adults, so getting your kids in the habit of exercise by giving them an activity they enjoy (rather than endure) will pay off in better health for the rest of their lives.
Bring your child in for a free trial class, talk to our coaches and other parents and, most importantly, see how much fun your child is having while exercising and learning valuable self defense.