Children in the 4-5 yr old age group are learning so much. We enrich their learning process through games and play. Our games are specifically designed so that children learn how their bodies move. They also learn to empathize with others. Children learn self-control and focus, not through discipline but through positive re-enforcement and demonstration examples. Our main objective for this age group is to ensure children have fun and develop a love for sport, physical activity, and martial arts that will stay with them for life. Our mat area is the safest possible environment of children to play, roll, run and start to learn movement patterns of sports and martial arts. We want kids to have fun.
This is a great stage of development to help instill important life skills like perseverance, confidence, responsibility and creativity. Our kids martial arts classes engage students and give us a great platform to teach these skill in a positive, hands-on way. Brazilian jiu jitsu is great for fitness. Children learn the basics of Jiu Jitsu in a safe way and build athletic skills applicable to all sports. Skills include:
Our instructors have all state child worker clearances and are true experts in Jiu Jiu Jitsu. Unlike Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and other traditional martial hitting is not emphasized. Classes include friendly competition that is not based on a judge or teacher deciding who wins. This empowers children in a special way and creates a “can do” attitude at this critical development stage where children are starting to define their own personalities.
In these classes children can be expected to expand their learning in different directions. For example children can learn to address bully situations and protect others from these situations in a safe way. This is an especially social age and we emphasize this aspect. Another emphasis is on challenging children. We us positive methods to push children to do their best. This includes learning many effective (but safe, children don’t hit each other) martial arts techniques. We also instill situational awareness. The class structure is designed to teach physical skills and mental skills such as overcoming distractions, and controlling strong emotions.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling based martial art that provides a total body workout Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the fastest growing martial art in the USA today. We love it and we think your child will as well.
This program is for those with experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu either from our other kids programs or other schools. This program if for children who want to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or other grappling sports and also for advanced students of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We follow the world recognized IBJJF belt promotion system in all our kids BJJ programs. Many students of this program have been training for 4 years or more. Our students include NAGA national champions. Instructors follow an advanced technical curriculum. Classes are taught by head adult instructors including some by the Pittsburgh’s best BJJ black belt competitor. There is live training. We also coach children in at local and national competitions. We are an official Team Renzo Gracie Affiliate and Pittsburgh’s only school affiliated with a member of the Gracie Family.
Kids love to punch and kick. We teach them how do to good technique by hitting soft pads with hand protection. Muay thai is unique from other martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do because it uses elbow and knee strikes. Kicks are done with the shins. This makes for safer striking surfaces and less stress on growing hands and feet. Muay Thai also has a clinch position teaching children how to deal with grabbing and striking situations so common in self-defense. This program meets once a week and is really designed as an add on to our other programs. One-on-one training in Muay Thai Kickboxing can be arranged as well.
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