KIDS BJJ CLASSES ages 7-9
Using Discipline and Fun to Improve Focus and Confidence
Discipline for 7-9 year olds tends to focus on the curbing of back talk and general aspects of being respectful to coaches and other students. Kids at this age are intellectually maturing to the point of recognizing imperfections inherent in classroom settings but still lack the maturity to accept those imperfections as inherent factors so they tend to speak out of turn. We don’t allow back talk and look to correct it with a reasoned explanation of why it is inappropriate. The goal is to subdue the child but increase their awareness and maturity so that they can grow in classrooms despite the imperfections they accurately perceive. Long term this will enable them to thrive in high school and work environments wherein there is inevitable inefficiency as a result of human beings working together accommodating needs that go beyond the individual’s interests.
Teaching Methodology Ages 7-9
Our teaching methodology is based on sound pedagogical principles as our head coaches both have degrees in education.
For 7-9 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!
While storytelling and simple task completion lie at the heart of teaching 7-9 year olds important life skills, we also do deep discussions on these topics to help them process values intellectually. Some of our discussions often have adult heads nodding in surprise at the profundity with which children at this age are able to understand complex concepts.
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.
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.
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.