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BJJ Classes for everyone

Using Discipline and Fun to Improve Focus and Confidence

Discipline for this age range is largely relegated to respect for coaches and peers. Empathy is emphasized to help them understand why words or actions are inappropriate. Discussion is the only technique appropriate to this age range because we are not just trying to curb a behavior, we want them to understand the underlying problem of that behavior and how it applies to other aspects of life.

jiu jitsu Teaching Methodology Ages 10-13

Our teaching methodology is based on sound pedagogical principles as our head coaches both have degrees in education.

For 10-13 year olds, we are able to combine a focus on underlying movement and build competence in Jiu Jitsu techniques. This age range is often the most motivated of groups because they are becoming physically sophisticated but still possess the abundant enthusiasm that is the hallmark of childhood. 

Our goal every month is for the students to be highly proficient with three major Jiu Jitsu moves. One takedown and two ground techniques, one of which being a submission typically. Games with a focus on technique utilization or games that require repetition of technique form a considerable portion of class time.

Kids don’t get tired, they get bored

Fun and games are the critical component that makes any repetition possible. To excel at the technical art of Jiu Jitsu, it must be packaged to kids in a way that engages their sense of play and competitiveness. We use an ever-rotating number of games with differing technical aspects to keep kids learning new skills without overtaxing their ability to focus. We practice active gamification of all aspects of Jiu Jitsu so that motivation is never a problem for our students.

Life Skills that matter!

For 10-13 year olds, mature discussion of life skills and values is the primary vehicle we utilize. Role models are presented and real life examples from adult coaches are used to supplement stories and simple task completion.

Why is SBG Jiu-jitsu right for your kid?

Your child deserves to feel safe.

Nothing can make a person feel safer than the knowledge that they can protect themselves. Give your child the ability to defend themselves and watch their confidence soar.

Safety is a top priority

There will be tears whenever you play a physical game with children. And while this is inevitable we do not see a high rate of serious injuries in our gym. Bumps and bruises will happen but serious injuries are averted through our thorough coach training and dedication to safety. Every effort is made to ensure that our physical activities are as safe as possible

Managing Bullies and Conflict Avoidance

The hallmark of Jiu Jitsu as a method of self defense is it gives you the tools to get up, get free and get away. We also teach kids a variety of strategies to deal with bullying and make sure they are not being bullies themselves given the increases they are seeing in their martial acumen. As they deal with bullying, we don’t want them to become bullies themselves.

The hardest thing your child will ever deal with is feelings.

A truly unique component of our program is an emphasis on meditation in every class. Through this education and discussion afterwards we help students to better navigate the challenging world of feelings and our kids report tremendous success with this. Children are astounded to learn ways to manage their own feelings and are eager to learn and practice.

Noelani’s Story


Classes are capped at 20 students which can lead to waiting lists for classes but we firmly believe that past 20 students it is too challenging to give all of the students the attention they need to achieve their goals.

All students begin in a program called Explorers which is intended to teach the best aspect of Jiu Jitsu through game play primarily. We have upgrades for students that would like to pursue Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts in a more serious manner.

The last week of every month is promotion week. Based on student performance within the month, promotions are made. We are not a belt factory and we make sure kids feel like every promotion is earned. Kids have opportunities to earn recognition in several ways throughout units that translates into a system for promotion that is more consistent than subjective judgments.

We follow the IBBJF standards for the promotion of kids and adults. As such there are age restrictions on the acquisition of adult level belts like a black belt. Those standards can be found online as the age requirements for each belt are unique.

Our head coaches both have degrees in Education and both possess Masters degrees as well. As such, we work hard to ensure that all of our coaching staff has passed through rigorous education and screening before they are allowed to coach. Minimally they have spent many hours shadowing a trained teacher to ensure they know how to deliver our program effectively and we observe our teachers to ensure that they are always making the safety and growth of your child their number one priority.

5 is the youngest age that we currently accept in our Growing Gorillas Program. In the future we may offer programs for younger children but to engage in the more technical aspects of Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts children need requisite motor skills and maturity to handle a classroom environment. We are not a daycare program. We teach full classes with specific goals in mind. 5 is the perfect age to start to imprint movement patterns that will blossom into profound technical capabilities.

We encourage parents to watch classes and be involved in their child’s growth but also understand that sometimes that isn’t a possibility.

We also encourage parents to take adult classes and we do have a family deal. Please contact us for more details on that.

Extra Information

Behavior management Issues

We need to evaluate this on a per child basis, so we recommend trying a class for free and seeing how that works out. In general one of our big goals is to teach students how to thrive in a structured environment so we expect students to be rough around the edges when they begin. 

Special Needs Children

We do not possess specialized knowledge for dealing with ADHD children or other high needs children. Without taking a class we cannot vouch for the appropriateness of any number of special needs students thriving within our program. We are open to such possibilities but must evaluate students to determine if their needs can be met in our program.

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