My child hates sports. Won’t they hate Martial Arts too?
Some kids who comes to us are resistant at first, but martial arts instruction is both fun and active. Many kids think that martial artists are cool and that can help them stick with it even if it’s hard at first.
How does martial arts help kids get in shape?
Martial arts classes build core strength and balance while also increasing muscle mass and improving muscle tone. The controlled movements we teach improve kids’ physical fitness with each class they take.
Why is Jiu-Jitsu good for my child?
The benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for your child are numerous! On a practical level, Jiu-Jitsu will allow your child to enjoy one of the world’s most ancient and dynamic sports, learn a valuable form of self-defense, improve their physical health, make friends, and have a lot of fun! In addition, Jiu-Jitsu will help instill self-confidence, self-reliance, and a solid work ethic in your child. These attributes are invaluable in all walks of life.
Is my child too small for Jiu-Jitsu?
Unlike many other popular sports, in Jiu-Jitsu athletes are not discouraged from participating simply because of their size. In fact, the sport is broken up into weight classes to guarantee that all students are given a fair and safe chance to train and compete.
Will my child get hurt in Jiu-Jitsu?
We ensure that all participants in our Jiu-Jitsu program wear necessary safety equipment, and your child will be closely monitored during training.
We’ll focus more in the fundamentals, drills, guard passes, escapes, takedowns, transitions. If your child experiences an injury at home or school, make sure to inform the coaches at RGA. Even if your child is temporarily unable to participate, showing up to watch class and ask questions is a great way for them to continue learning.
How can I help my child with Jiu-Jitsu?
How about you try it, too? RGA offers a family discount and free trial classes for parents, so you can experience this great sport for yourself. Training in the same sport is also a great way for families to bond.
An equally important way to support your child’s training, is to help them through the physical and mental challenges they will face in Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ is a demanding activity that will give your child the benefit of dealing with physical, intellectual, and emotional adversity on a regular basis.
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? (BJJ)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the fighting art developed from traditional Jiu-Jitsu by the Gracie family of Brazil. Even though BJJ contains standup techniques for winning a fight, it is famous for its devastating ground fighting techniques. BJJ was specifically developed to allow a smaller person to defeat a larger person by sophisticated application of leverage and technique. Gaining a superior position on your opponent and applying a myriad of chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations is the foundation of this martial art. BJJ is normally practiced in a gi, which serves as a tool to give the student a greater element of control.
What are the ranks in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
The ranks in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are signified by belt color. We follow theIBJJF guidelines. For the children’s system (ages 4-15), the belts are as follows:
- Grey White
- Grey black
- Yellow white
- Yellow black
- Orange white
- Orange black
- Green white
- Green black
When your child turns 16, they will begin in the adult ranking system. The adult belts are as follows:
If your child has trained for a sufficient amount of time and shows proficiency of technique, the instructor may promote them directly to blue belt when they turn 16.
Why isn’t my child being promoted faster?
The conservative promotions in BJJ will likely be difficult for your child at first. In our society of «participation ribbons,» many children have come to expect applause and adulation just for showing up. But life does not give awards for participation, and neither does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
At the minimum, your child will have to train regularly (at least twice a week) for six months before they will be considered for their next promotion. But attendance only will not guarantee a promotion. We will evaluate your child based on their improvement and their mastery of the technique. Because of this, your child will likely be «skipped over» at some of our bi-annual promotion ceremonies. This will likely be disappointing for your child, but learning to deal with disappointment will be another invaluable life skill for your child.
Our promotion policy may seem harsh, but it is also what sets Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu apart from other martial arts. And when you see the look of joy and satisfaction on your child’s face when they have a received a belt that they have truly earned, I believe you will be convinced as well.
How often should my child train?
We recommend that your child trains twice a week, though many children will want to train three times a week. Regular attendance is the key to improvement in BJJ, so try to find a schedule that will keep your child from getting “burned out.”
Do I need to wash my child’s uniform after every class?
Yes! We are dedicated to maintaining immaculate hygiene at RGA (our mats are washed and disinfected twice a day) and we expect the same from our students. Any grappling sport exposes you to various bacterial and fungal infections, but your child will be fine if you follow these steps:
Wash ALL gear (uniform, belts, rash guards, ear guards, etc.) after every lesson. DO NOT let your child wear the same gear for more than one lesson, even on the same day.
Can my child compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments?
Yes! We encourage all of our students to compete in BJJ to challenge themselves, improve their technique, and make new friends. Tournaments take place all over Alabama (including in-house tournaments at the RGA
Academy). Your child’s instructor will inform you of any upcoming tournaments.
My child wants to learn more. What can they do?
BJJ is a very complex sport, and extra instruction is a great help for our students. Please speak with an instructor about setting up a private lesson for your child. These lessons can be tailored with your child’s instructor to focus on any weaknesses in their game or set up a game plan designed for their body type, athletic ability, and skill level. Our instructors offer a wide range of pricing options for private lessons.
Whether you want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts, we have what you are looking for, right here for you taught by some of the most trained and skilled teachers in Alabama. Renzo Gracie schools are world renowned. Besides Renzo Gracie himself, many world champions have come from his schools such as Matt Serra, Ricardo Almeida, George Saint Pierre, Neiman Gracie, Gary Tonon, Roger Gracie, Gordon Ryan, Eddie Cummings and many others who have won titles in the UFC, IBJJF, Metamoris, Polaris, Bellator, ADCC, EBI, NAGA, Kasai Pro and the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships.