Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has quickly become one of the most popular martial arts amongst Australian kids. While BJJ can no longer be considered as new to Australia, it's popularity amongst Aussie kids has grown dramatically in the past few years.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes provide a safe environment where self esteem can flourish.
Martial Arts For Kids
Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches children the importance of being humble. There is a level of respect that begins in the gym which then expands into everyday life. Kids that compete develop an even deeper sense of awareness and accelerated growth.
Martial arts remain one of the best ways to teach kids self control while also building self confidence.
BJJ for kids? Here's why:
- It is extremely effective as a real-world self-defence martial art (it's used in the UFC).
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does not have any striking. This reduces the chance of injury significantly.
- Kids build a lot of confidence as they lose any fear of close contact with other children.
- BJJ is something that holds the attention of even the youngest students.
- There are clearly defined levels or progression within the BJJ grading system.
- Our kids holiday camps are hugely popular and available to CAZA kids members only.
- They learn to appreciate healthy habits and physical fitness form an early age.
- There is plenty of social interaction and fun to be had with kids of all ages!
Kids can compete...or not :)
There is absolutely no pressure on any of our kids to compete. However, should they decide they would like to test their skills in competition, CAZA BJJ coaches will help them all the way.
CAZA's kids' team has an extremely good track record. A bunch of our kids have competed at national and international Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu titles and the annual Pan-Pacific tournament.
From February to November each year, CAZA competitors also compete on the Queensland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Circuit. This circuit includes the annual Queensland BJJ state titles.
Some of the CAZA kids have even taken part in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu invitational events, just like Daniel here.
CAZA coaches will make every attempt to support our young competitors, travelling whenever possible to guide them through their matches. Head coach Yoshi has even flown to the United States to coach a student at an international tournament.
Book a trial BJJ class for your child
Children living within reach of our Sunshine Coast gyms are entitled to a free trial lesson with us here at CAZA. But be prepared, because they are going to love it!
Kids BJJ Classes at CAZA
We mix in a lot of fun activities with the BJJ training to always keep the kids engaged. While BJJ is the focus, children can easily be distracted if classes lack variation.
There is a clear progression process in this sport. Belts are not handed out just for turning up occasionally. However, kids who do the work and make an effort will progress through the belt ranks. We have grading ceremonies several times a year, and the kids really look forward to it.
CAZA members can also join our school holiday training camps (price not included in membership fee).
Note that the class timetable is not dependent upon school terms. As such, memberships continue even when school holidays are in effect.
What age should kids start BJJ?
Our youngest age group is the 2 to 4-year-olds. Then, from 4 onwards, they start learning real BJJ. At CAZA in Noosa, for example, kids' classes are organised by age groups: 4 to 7, then 7 to early teens.
The right time for kids to start learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is when they are ready. So for our 2 to 4-year-old group, a parent is with them for the entire lesson. This class is about getting young children comfortable with a gym environment and being around others from a young age, not jiu-jitsu necessarily.
Kids older than four can adapt to our classes quickly and are usually quite comfortable joining in and meeting new friends. They pick things up quickly, and their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills grow considerably.