Combat Fitness offers Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as well as Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) classes to children ages 6 – 13 years old. Through our MMA and BJJ instruction, we provide the kids with training in 4 essential areas: (1) character; (2) self-defense; (3) physical fitness; and, (4) fun.
The discipline and self-confidence that children acquire in our kids program helps them grow into well-rounded adults and empowers them to more effectively life’s challenges. We acclimatize kids to an active, healthy lifestyle, and build the character, self-esteem and interpersonal skills necessary for peaceful conflict resolution while stressing the importance of safety and cleanliness. We believe strongly that kids with character and self-confidence have powerful coping strategies for dealing with and peacefully resolving confrontation with peers.
Our program teaches children basic striking (punches, elbows, kicks and knees) techniques found in boxing and kickboxing (such as stance, positioning, foot work, movement, types of punches and kicks, and putting together combinations of both punches and kicks). Our program also teaches basic grappling techniques found in wrestling and jiu-jitsu (such as take downs, take down defenses, reversals, sweeps, escapes, joint locks, etc., which teach the students how to take down an opponent, to control an opponent on the ground, and to transition from one style to the next; meaning, from standup to ground and/or from ground to standup). Since wrestling and jiu-jitsu techniques rely on leverage and not size or strength (unlike many martial arts disciplines that focus on punching and kicking) a jiu-jitsu practitioner is able to defeat much larger and stronger opponents. The emphasis on technique and the use of leverage, rather than size or strength, coupled with the fact that most confrontations end up on the ground, makes jiu-jitsu a very effective martial art for children.
Training in these disciplines will include the use of boxing/kickboxing bags and focus mitts, and will also involve shadow boxing, light sparring and grappling. Our program also uses games to teach the fundamental movements of these individual disciplines because kids often learn best through playing. Additional conditioning techniques will include pushups, abdominal work, resistance exercises and much more. Hand wraps, gloves, shin pads, gi (for BJJ), mouth guard and cup are required, and headgear is optional.