Kids Martial Arts Program
ABOUT OUR KIDS MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM
Help Your Child Build Character And Stay Street-Ready With Our Kids Martial Arts Classes
For the Parents
Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu wishes to share that in all our children's programs, we aim to apply the most appropriate disciplinary methods available, aiming at excellence in a serious, gentle, and sociable way.
The students must understand that a good relationship with teammates or other class participants and compliance with the disciplinary rules will make themselves children better prepared to achieve their goals in life.
At our Academy, they will become technically efficient in achieving ranks and in the streets, convinced of their physical security against the possible tyranny of other children. They will grow up without fear at school, neighborhood, or wherever they are.
Consequently, he or she will become an adult physically and morally prepared to face the adversities of life and ready to serve society. It should be remembered that this in no way makes us responsible for disciplining these bright young people, who may refuse to obey the disciplinary rules because we know that it is solely the task of their dear parents.
However, at Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, they will find fertile ground for application and development. But this will only be possible for children who want to learn what is taught, practiced, and developed here.
Finally, we wish to add that students who disregard the disciplinary rules will be respectfully removed from the class for a few minutes, not as punishment, but for a moment of personal reflection. In case of recidivism, the student will be removed from class for the day, and his/her parents will be contacted in order to provide the appropriate arrangements to take him/her home early.
Thank you for trusting your beloved child to the care of our self-defense institution.
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Our Approach With Kids With ADD/ADHD
Studies have shown that people with learning differences such as ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) when faced with learning a physical/mental discipline such as martial arts, the brain begins to develop new pathways and to use those pathways more efficiently than it did before. Many people are able to reduce their dosage of medication or quit taking it altogether.
Our classes are always based on lots of repetition. Everything that we do from warm-ups to self-defense drills is developed to enhance focus, reflexes and induce second nature reactions over time. Below, are some of the methods we adopt to ensure kids with ADD/ADHD benefit from the classes the same way as kids who don't have any learning differences.
- Kids are generally paired up with a teammate closer in size and we use rounds of 2, 3, 4 and 5 minutes depending on the complexity/simplicity of the task assigned by the Instructor. This keeps the kids focused on their task long enough to learn and improve their skill, yet short enough where they won't get bored or distracted.
- Consistency in class rules. Every student must obey a set of rules while in class. From bowing when entering and leaving the training area and greeting each instructor on the mat with handshakes to asking permissions for water, bathroom, ask questions and so on. This ensures everyone sets the example for everyone else. Often these kids will resist any change in inconsistent rules, but since we're extremely strict in enforcing them, consistency is always accepted overtime.
- With our staff's experience in learning and teaching Martial Arts since at a young age ourselves, we are able to incorporate different methods to get our point across. This facilitates anyone with a learning disability to capitalize and improve their skill.
- We can transform a technique drill into a “game” drill. The kids think they are playing a game when in reality they are drilling the moves in a more fun set up, where they continue to improve.
- Although our classes are extremely disciplined, we are very supportive and motivational as far as their achievements go. Compliments, when the tasks are done properly, are a huge inspiration to anyone, and so we always offer our sincere praises when they accomplish something they have been working hard towards.
Our Youth Jiu-Jitsu Program is built in a way where the students know exactly how many classes they must attend and how they must behave in order to earn stripes and belt promotions. Skill, attitude, and character improvement take time. Among all the success stories we have experienced and continue to experience, not one of them happened overnight.
Martial Arts training is a commitment not only to the Instructor but to the students and parents as well. All of our programs require a 12-month commitment. This will give the student the proper amount of time to get used to the learning atmosphere, learn the material, and enjoy the many benefits Martial Arts instruction has to offer.
Although all of the Kids Jiu-Jitsu Programs are built to improve the students' focus, discipline, and respect, we place additional attention on other attributes and strategize the classes differently depending on the age group.
We divide the program into five different age groups:
- 4-6 All levels (Mon/Wed/Fri at 4:00 pm) *Full. Please call to get waitlist info.
- 6-8 All levels (Tue/Thurs/Fri at 4:00 pm) *Full. Please call to get waitlist info.
- 8-11 Beginners (Mon/Wed/Fri at 5:00 pm) *Full. Please call to get waitlist info.
- 8-11 Advanced (Mon/Wed/Fri at 6:00 pm)
- 12-14 All levels (Tue/Thurs at 5:00 pm, and Sat at 10:00 am) *Full. Please call to get waitlist info.
4-6-Year-Olds (all levels)
This class is a preparation for the older age groups. The main focus of this class is the development of listening and obedience skills. In order words, we teach them how to learn. Physical drills help them improve their hand-eye coordination and get used to cooperatively working with their training partners.
Mat guidelines must be followed at all times and are consistently reinforced. Improvement in discipline and respect is noticed after the very first week!
In this program, we teach them basic standing self-defense moves and basic grappling techniques on the ground.
6-8-Year-Olds (All levels)
Here we have a mixture of both beginners and advanced students. Many students in this program have been training for three years or more. We focus more on actual techniques since, at this age, they are less likely to have disruptive behavior.
Most, if not all, children will perform according to their environment. And since we host a very organized and disciplined program, even those not used to sitting down and listening usually quickly adjust to their new setting.
Kids will also pick up on the "vibe" around them, which can also "corrupt" their behavior. That said, we pay close attention when matching the students up in each class. We know what personalities will perform better together when correctly matched to warm-up, drill techniques, and spar.
In this age group, the classes include more techniques performed at higher levels. Warm-ups are more intense and designed to improve their strength and overall conditioning. Through the training, they learn values such as perseverance, humility, team spirit, and managing success and disappointment better.
Live training sessions are a feature in every class once they complete their initial 12-Week Intro Program. This specific training method helps them improve their confidence and self-esteem as they must attempt to execute their moves on resisting teammates who are counteracting with their own.
Although entirely optional, competition is often a goal of many students, and at this age group, we train them accordingly.
Advanced 8-11-Year-Olds (Black Belt Club)
No, the students here aren't Black Belts, but they can only be part of this class by invitation from the Black Belt Instructors. The students here have the discipline, focus, and dedication of adults! This class comprises students who may vary from 55 to 100 lbs in weight and have been training for at least two years with an attendance that is well above average.
Most students of the Black Belt Club have competed more than once and often participate in tournaments around the area. There are no behavioral problems with the students here. And that is the first filtering criteria to enter this class.
Given their improved technical and athletic ability to learn the material taught, the pace of this class from warm-ups to drilling and live training is the highest among all of our Kids' Programs.
12-14-Year-Olds (All levels)
This class prepares for entry into the adult program, which starts at 15. Like the previous age group, warm-ups are designed to improve their athleticism so they can perform at higher levels of competition, including in other sports.
Bullying and the Rules of Engagement are reinforced in this program often, and so are the approaches and techniques they learn to avoid this growing social problem in schools today. Techniques are taught in more detail and drilled intensively, and resistance training sessions take place in every class. Competition is also a preference for many children in this age group.
We understand the difference between training for a competition and the self-defense aspect of Jiu-Jitsu. While competition is not mandatory, nor expected of students, many students enjoy competing as means of testing themselves and their abilities.
With a competitive background ourselves, we encourage and support any student who wishes to step up and compete. Tournaments are held all over California and our youth team has built a reputation for itself as one of the fiercest teams in the State. We believe in hard preparation towards a competition and while entering tournaments isn't required, we demand complete dedication and focus during the training camp from those who decide to test themselves in entering the competition.
Students are eligible to compete in:
- They have been consistently training for at least 6 months.
- They have been practicing diligently while in class (Instructor’s discretion).
- Exemplary behavior at practice, school, and home.
- Exemplary report cards.
Students will be expected to pay their own entry fees and any extra costs associated with an increased training schedule, such as private lessons and additional training sessions. The typical tournament is divided into matches between the same belt ranks and age and weight classes within the belt ranks. The format is always single elimination.
A student’s rank is based on his/her knowledge, physical skill, length of time training, attitude, and overall quality of movement and understanding. While earning any particular rank is an achievement, it is a mistake to place too much focus on this as an end. Focus on your training; develop as much skill as possible; have a good and exemplary attitude; everything else will follow naturally.
Individual Lessons are available for those students who wish to advance more rapidly or study a particular area in greater detail. We recommend private lessons for all students since it allows one-on-one time with an Instructor. All belts have 4 stripes.
Upon earning 4 stripes and completing all classes at that stripe, the student is ready to receive a higher belt rank at the following Belt Ceremony. There are many variables that contribute to how much time a student spends in each rank.
The criteria are respectively:
- Overall behavior
Assuming the student trains at the recommended rate of at least two classes per week, stripes will be earned every 8/10 weeks (22 classes). When first learning a technique we will focus on proper mechanics. The second stage will be working on the smoothness of motion and the third stage will be to add speed and power to the technique.
As you progress to advanced level there will be more focus on detail, sharpness, and deeper understanding of how the techniques are applied. A true technician should be able to apply a technique efficiently a resisting opponent of at least 30% of their body weight! As you advance, the expectations become higher!
The Official Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt Rank is as follows: White, Gray, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue (over 16 only), Purple, Brown and Black Belt.
CLICK HERE for official IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) graduation system.
All promotion of the students falls under the guidelines set by Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Consideration for promotion is given when a student:
- Demonstrates proficiency in required material
- Displays proper attitude and behavior
- Maintains acceptable academics (Kids)
- Attends class consistently
- Shows up for class on time
In Martial Arts, however, rank progression is always earned, and it is not guaranteed.
Before each Belt Ceremony, students scheduled to be promoted will receive a Notice of Intent to Promote Form from us. This form ensures the student is not only doing well in their Jiu-Jitsu class but at home and school as well. The form is to be completed by the parents and the homeroom teacher.
If a student falls below parents' and teachers' expectations, the belt promotion will be postponed until a later date. Belt ceremonies are held twice a year, in the Summer and Winter, before the New Year.
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