Jiu-Jitsu is a fun, fast and fantastic way for your 5 to 12 year old to get their exercise! We keep your kid busy with skills, drills, great cardio and strength development, and we make sure they have a great time doing it! You’ve got to bring your child in for a free trial class!
How does Jiu-Jitsu compare with other Martial Arts?
Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling art, which means that it involves learning how to throw an opponent, how to fall safely and how to grapple (similar to wrestling) on the ground. As parents of young kids ourselves, we’ve found it is the best martial art for children - kids love to roughhouse, so most of them are natural grapplers. In some martial arts, the kids spend most of their time standing in rows, kicking or punching the air or learning endless patterns of moves. Jiu-jitsu does not practice forms or kata – it is a dynamic learning art where interaction with training partners fuels development. Because jiu-jitsu requires partners, it's a very social activity - the kids are always working in pairs or small groups and helping each other learn.
What is a class like?
The kids classes are 1 hour each. The children start by lining up, then move into an energetic warm up which changes every day. After everyone is sweating a bit, the class breaks in to groups by belt colour and work on their syllabus of moves. This skill work is usually followed by a chance to put what they have learned in to practice with some light sparring or grappling. A fast-paced game usually rounds out the class, sending the kids out red-faced, breathing hard and smiling – just like happy active kids should be!
Who are the instructors?
You won’t find some 12 year old black belt teaching the kid’s program here! Renshi Patrick teaches the kid’s classes personally, bringing his 5th Degree Black Belt, Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and his own experiences as a dad and coach to the class. Sensei Andre Nunes and Coach Dan Sammit who are both top quality competitors and instructors themselves, round out the teaching team.