Each class begins with a warm up incorporating basic gymnastic moves, such as forward rolls, cartwheels and handstands. The students are also introduced to animal style movements that lend themselves perfectly to Jiu Jitsu, as well as strengthening their joints, bones and core muscles.
Useful for all types of sport, break falls are an invaluable skill for falling safely; by using the limbs to break the fall the force is dissipated, which reduces the chance of injury.
Throws and sweep techniques
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a ground fighting martial art, in which throws, sweeps and takedowns are used to transition from standing to the floor. Students learn to co-operate with their training partners and communicate effectively to protect each other from injury.
One of the goals in BJJ is to gain a dominant position on the ground such as a mount, which is where one player is sat on the opponent pinning them to the floor. Students will learn the most effective ways to win a position as well as the equally important skill of escaping or reversing (sweeping) their opponent. This is an essential fundamental of sport Jiu Jitsu, points in competitions are gained for controlling position and sweeping, and it is instrumental in achieving a submission.
The ultimate goal of Jiu Jitsu - players use techniques including joint manipulation, such as arm-bars or chokes, to get an opponent to ‘tap’ (concede with a verbal or physical signal) at which time the hold is released. The fight is then over.
Self-defence is an important part of Jiu Jitsu, learning how to manage your emotions and physical reactions in any confrontation is an invaluable skill. Students practice applicable methods, controlling the distance between themselves and an aggressor, before closing the distance with strikes to enable take down, finally allowing them to control position.
What will my child be doing?
BJJ consists predominantly of grappling and takedowns from standing. Your child will start with movement and agility games with a focus on body awareness and positioning. As their skills and understanding develops we introduce techniques, before full sparring begins.
Is it safe?
As with all contact sports Jiu Jitsu has inherent chances of injury. These are minimised by constant supervision, ensuring students are only asked to take part in activities that their training experiences have prepared them for.
Do I need special equipment?
Yes. Students will need to wear a Gi, a traditional Japanese kimono adapted for Jiu Jitsu. Beginners can use tracksuit bottoms without zips and round neck T-shirts. Gis can be purchased direct from the school.
How do I know my child is making progress?
Jiu Jitsu has a belt grading system - juniors start at white belt progressing eventually to green belt. All green belts become blue belts (adult grading) on their 16th birthday.