Martial Arts training is the perfect activity for children of all ages. It instills confidence, teaches discipline and will have your child break a sweat with a smile. We teach our students first a foremost how to defend themselves. Our training also helps students thrive outside of the academy simply by applying the problem solving skills and positive values of Jiu-Jitsu.
For our youngest students, we limit the variety of moves taught and focus on the core techniques and positions. We use partner drills and games to keep our younger student engaged and active. We want them moving and developing muscle memory and situational awareness.
Students also learn the three “T”s of self-defense - Talk, Tell, and Tackle. We teach our young students to first try and verbally handle the situation without using any physical force, we actually give them very specific phrases and responses to common bullying behaviors. We then advise them to tell an adult about the situation. Only when all options have been exhausted do we advise them to use their skills. Sometimes the fight picks you and there is no other choice but self-defense.
Our classes grow up and evolve with our students. In the Juniors classes much more time and focus is put on drilling compared to the younger Lil Sharks students. This additional level of discipline allows us to show a great variety of moves as we dive deeper into the realities of defending against more aggressive opponents.
The three “T”s of self-defense - Talk, Tell, and Tackle - continue to be instilled, along with conversations on leadership and self-self-advocacy. At Gracie Jiu-Jiu Maryland we care just as much about fostering great martial arts as developing great individuals.