At Method BJJ, our class for 8-14 yr olds is designed to quickly and effectively give students a solid and practical understanding of the fundamental movements of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how to use them in a live situation.
Every class starts with quadrupedal movements, “animal walks” in which the students are taught to move across the floor in different, challenging ways. The animal walks are incredible for increasing coordination, balance, muscular endurance, memory, improving focus and concentration, and increasing strength and flexibility/mobility throughout the body.
After this mobilizing warm up, students are given technical instruction and structured time rounds to drill and practice. The timed rounds are an effective tool to ensure that children can make the most of their time on the mats while being free to learn at their own pace.
Some of the subjects covered outside of the movements of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu include; Self defence (both standing and on the ground), judo, wrestling, basic biomechanics and anatomy, flexibility and mobility.
At the end of every class, students will take part in rounds of “rolling” which is the BJJ term for sparring. Because there is no punching or kicking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and through the mechanism of “tapping out” children are able to discover how their skills are progressing against a live, competitive opponent, in a safe and controlled environment. There is no better substitute for discovering how one will react in a self-defense situation than continually and consistently rolling against live opponents.