• Junior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Classes – What to expect

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a relatively new martial art developed and adapted from Judo and Jiu Jitsu by the Gracie family in Brazil. It has the appearance of being a more relaxed martial art, however, progress requires a great deal of concentration and self-discipline. Regular training results in improved fitness, co-ordination and skill development. Kids get the benefits of a team/group environment with the focus on individual development.

    WARM UP: This is designed to do more than simply get warm. It involves the development of many skills that form the basis of good Jiu Jitsu technique. Warm ups may include tumbling (forward and backward), hip escape drills, technical stand up drills, leopard crawls, forward crab walk, bear crawls, sit outs, shoulder bridges and many more. All of these drills work both sides of the body improving fundamental movement patterns that benefit more than just Jiu Jitsu technique.

    DRILLS: Drilling is an essential part of skill development, repetition is important to develop and improve technique, it also allows the technique to become faster and more precise. With time techniques become more natural, smoother, and more instinctive as the motor pathways become more developed. Some of the more advanced junior BJJ practitioners will make complex movement look simple but making things look easy takes time, perseverance and repetition.

    Two techniques may often be drilled together as this encourages better transition between techniques reducing the likelihood your opponent can counter your technique.

    Drills help to teach position and enable children to learn where they are in space as well as their position relative to their opponent. BJJ is a grappling art and as such can involves close physical contact but from this children learn self-control and respect for themselves and their partners. This is also important from a self-defence perspective as they learn how defend themselves from the ground.

    FREE ROLLING: Depending on the level of student there will generally be some free rolling. This allows students to practice the techniques they have been working on during the class.

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