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FAQ's of Children's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

FAQ's of Children's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

What does "Jiu-Jitsu" mean?
Jiu-Jitsu translates to "the gentle art"; it is referred to as such because the art utilizes leverage and balance rather than force and strength. Also the finishing submissions are viewed as a more humane alternative to striking.

How old does my child have to be to start training?   
We recommend that children start at 4 years old. However, since no two kids are the same, and there can be significant differences in coordination and maturity, we are willing to evaluate children younger than 4.

My child is already very energetic. I'm afraid the training will encourage aggression, is this true? 
Training at our academy will provide an outlet for children in which to channel aggression and excess energy. Our children's programs focus on developing behavioral and attitudinal aspects inherent with martial arts such as respect, confidence, discipline and self-control. Through providing a fun and safe atmosphere for kids, we can foster a healthy environment in which they can learn and develop not only self-defense skills, but life skills as well. They learn Jiu-Jitsu as a tool for personal growth and development, not as a weapon to cause harm. Once ready, they will be sparring daily in class, often with children who are bigger and more experienced than they are. Not winning every match will teach them humility and respect. Kids learn to treat others, as they want to be treated. Often, kids who were violent before they joined our program changed, and became non-violent. However, we do teach them to take action, whenever physically threatened by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Will my child have a hard time if he/she isn’t athletic? 
Often children who don’t find success in team sports come to Martial Arts, and they love it! That’s because with Martial Arts you go at your own pace. Team sports may actually harm the self-esteem of children who aren’t very athletic. When they don’t perform well, other kids can be pretty mean, which can really affect their self-esteem. But with Martial Arts, they can’t let anyone down. Our students are never asked to do things beyond their capacity. Some kids learn quicker than others, but those who advance quickly are not valued more than the kids who advance slowly. Everyone is greatly encouraged, regardless of his or her athletic level and praised for achieving things they couldn’t before.

What is the difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and other forms of martial arts for kids? 
Jiu-Jitsu will teach your children that they don't need to learn how to punch and kick in order to control someone and protect themselves from bullying. Instead of learning moves through katas or prearranged set of movements carried out on a cooperative training partner, they will learn how to apply grappling techniques on a resisting training partner who's not cooperating and is counteracting with his own moves. Strategic grips and positioning control make Jiu-Jitsu.

How large are your class sizes and what’s the ratio Instructor/Student? 
Class sizes range between 18- 26 students in each class. Each time our class sizes increase, we accommodate with an increase in instructors per class as well. We attempt to maintain a 1 to 12 ratio of Instructor/student, however we train our children to maintain discipline, respect and focus throughout the whole course of practice. If this ratio isn’t ever met, we are always confident that they will still learn what’s being taught effectively, while maintain good behavior.

Is the curriculum safe for my child? 
We take our students’ safety very seriously. The attention to safety and the student's well being always comes first. Proper self-defense and martial arts training include contact. If it doesn't, how can it possibly be called self-defense? Being that Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport, there is a chance injuries will occur; however by being extremely strict in enforcing mat rules and etiquette, we drastically reduce those chances.

Are there ever any tournaments in the area where my kids can compete in? 
Absolutely! Even though competing is not a must, we indeed encourage children to do so, as it will help them develop focus, team spirit, hard work and will teach them how to manage success and disappointment efficiently. We have a very strong competition team and enter tournaments often.

Why Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu? What qualifications do your instructors have to teach my child?
Professor Crosley Gracie is a third generation Martial Arts teacher, gym owner and fighter with over 30 years in Martial Arts and Combat Sport’s experience, and has been teaching for over 20. Professor Ryan Murphy has also been involved in athletics and combat sports the majority of his life. We are life long students of human behavior and continue to find ways to learn and improve our skill in passing on information to our students. Unlike most martial arts schools out there, our classes are technique based. We provide a healthy training environment where our students’ wellness and progress always come first.

How are classes structured?
The techniques differ based on what age group we teach, but the format is basically the same across all 5 of our Youth Programs. We break down the classes into 3 stages: Warm ups, which includes several plyometric exercises and movements designed to improve their athleticism; technique drilling, to help them develop retention, muscle memory and reflexes; and live training, which is where they fully resist against one another, trying to execute their moves while defending their training partner’s own attacks. And for obvious reasons, this is the biggest factor in the boost of their confidence.

Will my child have fun? Will he want to stick with the program?   
To teach anyone, but especially children, you must earn they respect and show them what’s acceptable and what’s not. We run a very strict instructional program, however many of our warm up and technique drills are game-based. They are improving their motor skills and learning second-nature self-defense movements without even knowing! We definitely know how to “be kids”, while maintaining discipline and order in class. On top of all, what child doesn’t like to grapple! The sparring sessions are, by far, their favorite activity in class!

I’m not sure if I want to commit to a minimum of 12 months, what do you recommend?
Well, if you aren’t sure your child will like the training, we recommend for you to book a class observation appointment to watch a full class to see first hand how we run it. If you like what you see, the next step would be book a trial lesson. There’s a deposit of $35 due at the time of booking, which is promptly credited back towards the first month’s tuition, should you decide to enroll immediately after the trial.

Why do you require a 12-month agreement?
Most parents enroll their children in Martial Arts as a tool to give their children life skills, such as improved self-defense, confidence, respect, focus, athleticism and social skills. These will not improve in one or two months. It’s a process that sometimes takes a lot more time for certain personalities, which does take a certain level of commitment for the Instructor to get a new student acquainted with Martial Arts. So we ask for the same commitment back from the parents. This is a team effort. We have a 100% rate of success in improving the overall lifestyle of all students who have committed to the training. And the longer they train, the more positive changes will be seen!

Is Jiu-Jitsu just for boys, or can my girl take it too?
Girls love Jiu-Jitsu just as much, and get the same fulfillment out of it as boys do. Also, if we have learned anything in our years of teaching, it’s that girls are just as tough as boys. Many are even tougher! So you don’t have to worry about your little girl getting hurt, or feeling scared because she’ll be practicing with boys. In fact, the boys may even be the ones who are scared of them!

Are there any additional training fees, such as equipment, testing fees etc.?
The only additional costs will be for your child’s own equipment and their belt promotions (when eligible). These are not “testing fees”, as we do not charge for testing for new ranks. Students are evaluated on a weekly basis and will be considered for promotion without doing any tests.

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