Kids Jiu-Jitsu

“Every month in North America, three million children miss school due to fear of bullies.”

Our Training Programs:

Tiny TigersLittle NinjasKids Jiu-JitsuBlack Belt Club

In the Kids Jiu-Jitsu program, our goal is to instill in your child unshakable confidence so they can overcome bullies without violence.

We will teach your child to use verbal assertiveness to deter bullies and several non-violent self-defense techniques to stay safe if physically assaulted. Importantly, we don’t teach how to punch or kick, since this often does more harm than good. Instead, we use leverage-based control holds to neutralize threats without violence. Numerous school districts have embraced the defensive nature of the Kids Jiu-Jitsu techniques as a reasonable, nonviolent response to bullying and some even host Kids Jiu-Jitsu classes on campus! The bottom line is: we will prepare your child to defend themselves against bullies without turning them into one.

If you’re interested in instilling your child with unshakable confidence while reinforcing positive values and good character, our Kids Jiu-Jitsu program is for you! Scroll down to learn more about this groundbreaking youth empowerment program and contact us for a free class!  705-222-7655 or info@sudburybjj.com

Critical Confidence

Studies suggest that bullying may be the leading cause of low self-esteem in children, and according to some surveys, less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. Children’s inability to stand up to a bully is rooted in profound fear for their personal safety. Ironically, the victims know that they must confront the bully and would like nothing more than to stand up to them. But, they simply can’t follow through for fear of the physical harm that backs the bully’s every action. And, therein lies the challenge – how do you instill in a victim of bullying the confidence to face the tormentor, look them in the eye, and back them down? The answer is simple – teach the victims to defend themselves against physical attack, and the rest will follow.

Most martial arts programs rely on striking the attacker with violent punches, kicks, knees, and elbows, but in our Kids Jiu-Jitsu program we take a different approach. All the techniques are purely defensive and utilize no strikes. Furthermore, we teach children how to defuse confrontations with words and never to initiate physical aggression. If attacked, we offer techniques to non-violently neutralize the threat and gain control until help arrives. In the Kids Jiu-Jitsu program, we teach the children how to fight fire with water so that you never have to worry about your child becoming a bully under our guidance.

The Kids Jiu-Jitsu program prepares your child using a three-pronged approach:

  • Increased Awareness: Harassment comes in many forms. Sometimes, a victim doesn’t take a stand because they can’t differentiate between “joking” and “bullying.” We teach your child to differentiate between harmless play and harmful harassment so they know precisely when and how to act in each circumstance.
  • Unshakable Confidence: A confident child is a Bullyproof child. Bullies seek “easy targets” – those who will tolerate their abuse. We arm your child with the tools needed to overcome physical, verbal, and psychological harassment, so they are so confident in themselves that no bully will try to harass them.
  • Total Responsibility: We prepare your child to deal with bullies without turning them into one. We emphasize discipline, responsibility, and respect throughout the course, and teach five “Rules of Engagement” to ensure they never abuse their power.

Teaching a child jiu-jitsu without teaching them when to use it, is akin to giving someone a gun without teaching them how to use it. Our Kids Jiu-Jitsu is the most effective kids martial arts program in that it actually teaches children precisely when they can, and cannot, use the techniques they are learning. The five “Rules of Engagement” are regularly rehearsed in class so that children will never abuse their power and, equally important, they will not hesitate to take a stand when abused by bullies.

Rule 1: Avoid the fight at all costs.

Rule 2: If physically attacked, defend yourself.

Rule 3: If verbally attacked, follow the Three T-steps (talk, tell, tackle).

Rule 4: Never punch or kick the bully, establish control and negotiate.

Rule 5: When applying submissions use minimal force and negotiate.

Although we discuss the Rules of Engagement in the Kids Jiu-Jitsu classes, we strongly encourage you to discuss the Rules at home to assure your child that they have your support in the event that they need to take a stand against bullying.

One of the most pervasive and damaging forms of bullying is verbal harassment. Our Kids Jiu-Jitsu Program involves Verbal Assertiveness Training, or as we like to call it “Verbal Jiu-Jitsu,” as part of it’s regular curriculum. We’ve devised a series of role-playing exercises to teach kids how to identify and manage the common threats associated with verbal harassment and relational bullying. Kids Jiu-Jitsu students learn how to differentiate between “bullying” and “joking,” and not only are kids taught how to speak assertively when necessary, but they also learn how to use direct eye contact and confident posture to deter bullies from targeting them.

To keep our curriculum age specific, we have developed the following classes:

Tiny Tigers (3 Years Old)

Our Tiny Tigers program is our part-time program created to introduce your child to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at a young age.  We hear from a number of parents that there isn’t a lot of programming for 3 year olds.  Tiny Tigers is our solution for that problem. Our goal is to get the kids used to the academy, the instructors and the learning environment.  We use our time-tested “Gracie Games” to teach them very basic self-defense techniques while instilling the foundational principles of leverage and control.  The secret to success of this program is that we make the lessons so fun that the kids beg for more!  Once a child turns 4, they enter into our full-time kids program, Little Ninjas.

Little Ninjas (4 – 6 Years Old)

Using our time-tested “Gracie Games,” we teach the Little Ninjas basic self-defense techniques while instilling the foundational principles of leverage and control. The secret to the success of this program is that we make the lessons so fun that the kids beg for more! Once a child masters all ten Gracie Games and reaches the age of 7,  they advance to our Kids Jiu-Jitsu program.

Kids Jiu-Jitsu (7 – 12 Years Old)

In the Kids Jiu-Jitsu program, we focus on 33 non-violent self-defense techniques that teach children to “neutralize and negotiate” with the bullies. Verbal assertiveness strategies are a major portion of this curriculum. A child needs absolutely no experience to start, and we guarantee a noticeable increase in your child’s confidence within a few weeks!

Black Belt Club (Invitation Only)

We invite children who excel in the Kids Jiu-Jitsu program to join the Black Belt Club. This is our most advanced youth jiu-jitsu program and joining the Black Belt Club is the highest honor for any youth Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Kids in this program possess all the traits necessary for success on the path to black belt: discipline, respect, courage, leadership, loyalty, and compassion.

Above all else, the teaching methodology used in our Kids Jiu-Jitsu program is unlike anything else in the jiu-jitsu community. Not only are all the entry-level techniques presented in the form of “jiu-jitsu” games so that kids are highly enthused about learning them, but we use “push teaching” rather than “pull teaching.” When a child makes a mistake, we don’t focus on the error, instead, we emphasize the correctly executed aspects of the move. Through this carefully layered positive reinforcement, we help the kids reach their full potential without jeopardizing their love for the art.

We have found that our instructors develop powerful bonds with every student at the Academy, but especially with our youth practitioners. We leverage this connection to help you develop your child’s character for success in all aspects of life. The Gracie Character Development Program consists of six chapters: Responsibility, Health, Respect, Citizenship, Manners, and Caring. We spend two months on each chapter. In every class, we discuss the featured character trait for 10-15 minutes, emphasizing the simple things your child can do to make it a part of their life. The secret to success lies in our use of a unique point-based reward system that we tie to attendance at Crazy Game Day, a special two-hour party where they get to play tons of games with all the instructors and kids. Only kids who score enough points during the two-month period qualify to attend Crazy Game Day, so it’s a powerful incentive for kids and a useful tool for parents to develop positive behavior at home and school. Crazy Game Day is so much fun that parents will often put on a uniform just so they can join the party!