Give your kids the confidence and skills to be themselves.
All Grappling is ultimately a game of control. The styles vary; BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, Sambo or Submission Grappling, all are just different ways of competing towards that one objective, physically controlling an opponent.
As an MMA gym, we have always competed and trained across all of the disciplines that we could. We have successful competitors and black belts in BJJ, Judo, Submission Grappling and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu training or coaching at the gym now or in the past. This meant that when we decided to launch our Kids Grappling programme, the subject of *what* to teach, quickly arose.
The rules to all of these different disciplines are hard enough to keep track of for adults, not to mention the different outfit regulations. So, bearing that in mind, we decided to strip things back to the foundations for our Kids, and just teach them how to be Grapplers. With a capital G.
For reasons relating to how sensible kids this age can tend to be at risk management, we don’t think it’s a good idea to have them practicing spine locks or how to tear all the ligaments in someone’s knee apart. On the other hand, learning how to throw, tackle, or trip someone. How to pin or subdue them when on the ground, to such an extent they can’t move or get out from underneath you. Along with stopping someone from doing any of that to you, well, they just sounds like some potentially useful life skills to start developing early if you ask us.
The primary focus of the class doesn’t change as the kids get older, it’s still a game of control after all. However, suitable submission attacks start to be introduced in this age bracket and as the students show they can handle the responsibility of practicing them. This is also where we may start to think of competition for those that are interested in doing so and training for some sport specific ruleserts.
We design our classes to build all these skills in your kids efficiently, safely, and in a way they will enjoy. After all, the coaches here do this not just for practical reasons. We do it because we find it fun; a great way to keep fit, make friends, gain confidence and help maintain positive mental health. We hope it will be all of those things for your kids too.