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Parents Corner

Hi Parents!

At Deep Blue Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we believe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for everyone, especially children.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great activity for kids.  It promotes physical fitness, team work, and self confidence.  Our dedicated coaches are committed to providing a safe, fun, and engaging atmosphere for your kids as we guide them through a lifelong love of martial arts.

We understand as a parent you want to know what you are getting your kids into.  This page is meant to help provide you with all of the information you need to feel comfortable getting your children started on the mats.  If we missed anything, please let us know and we will add it!

Kids Coaches

We have two kids coaches, Dan and Beth Sneller.  This husband and wife dynamic duo have been training BJJ for five years, and have three of their own children on the mats. Head over to our Instructors section to read more about Beth and Dan’s story.  All of our coaches go through the US Safe Sport and CDC Heads Up to youth training programs.  Heads up to Youth is designed to teach coaches about the symptoms of concussions and what the appropriate steps are to take when there has been any sort of head collision.  US Safe Sport focuses on creating healthy coach to athlete relationships, in a professional environment. 

Is BJJ Safe for my kids?

Absolutely! There is always some risk associated with playing sports and engaging in martial arts. That being said, in BJJ we learn to train in a controlled manner that allows students to “tap” anytime they are uncomfortable.  One of the great things about BJJ is that you can train at a more realistic pace than other contact sports.  For example, in striking martial arts like Karate, it would be inappropriate for kids to strike each other with any force.  In BJJ, children can grapple with relative safety.  In sports like Judo and Wrestling, there is a higher risk of concussion because of head collisions and take-downs from the feet.  Although we do train some stand up, most of our work is done on the ground.

Anti-Bully program

Bullying negatively impacts many kids’ lives.  Learning to defend yourself is only one step on the path to end bullying.  Kids also need to learn to identify, stand up to, and report bullying.

Every kid that starts our program has to start by agreeing to our anti-bullying pledge:

I understand that Brazilian Jiu JItus is a highly effective martial art, and I will only use BJJ for self defense. The skills and techniques I learn will never be used to bully other kids. I will use my strength and BJJ skills to stand up for those who need help.  I am not a bully, and I will do my part to end bullying. 

In our class we incorporate these conversations into our mat time and try to create a safe space to discuss these issues.

Why BJJ vs other sports?

Most sports are seasonal – your children get to play for 3-4 months and then the rest of the year they take off. BJJ never ends.  All year your kids can continue to develop their skills and build confidence in the art. BJJ can also be carried far into adulthood.  This is a life long journey that never ends. 

I’m not sure my kid will commit?

We have kids, we understand! No worries, come check out a class for free and see how they like it.  Kids usually know after their first time on the mats if they will love it or not.  There are no contracts or long term commitments.  If they fall out of love with BJJ, that’s ok!  

What are the age ranges?

Kids are usually ready to begin around 4 to 6 years old.  They just have to be ready to engage for a half hour of class.  We will do the rest! Typically around age 13 kids are ready to move to an adult level class. We will help you and your child decide when that transition takes place to ensure they continue to love BJJ and have a great training experience.