Kids Jiu Jitsu FAQs
Q: What is Brazilian jiu jitsu?
A: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a highly effective close range grappling art that has totally changed the martial arts community over the last decade. Originating from traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, the art was developed and refined by the Gracie system that maximizes leverage and body positioning to overcome larger, more powerful opponents. BJJ emphasizes the use of submission techniques- such as chokes, cranks, and joint manipulations. Classes start with a conditioning warm-up and drilling. Techniques are then taught and practiced with partners. We finish each class with a form of positional-sparring, situational or free sparring.
Soulcraft Kids Essential Questions
Q: What is your core focus?
A: Our Soulcraft kids Brazilian jiu jitsu program was developed to focus on physical education and self-defense techniques as well as conditioning and skill building games aimed at improving coordination, motor skills, agility and flexibility. Additionally, we focus on showing our students how to protect themselves against bullies without becoming a bully themselves. We pride ourself on our fun and safe environment.
Our jiu jitsu classes are divided into Wolf Cubs (4-7 year olds) and Soulcraft Kids (7-14 year olds).
Q: What does your curriculum consist of?
A: Our Wolf Cubs curriculum focuses on the core movements of jiu jitsu, positional drills, and self-defense skills. A heavily emphasis is also placed on team building. Wolf Cubs are taught how to avoid dangerous situations and, when necessary, use their jiu jitsu to allow them to escape to seek out an adult.
Our Soulcraft Kids curriculum focuses on the positional drills, self-defense skills, and sparring sessions at the end of each class. Soulcraft Kids are taught how to avoid dangerous situations, to use their jiu jitsu to escape larger opponents, and to use submission holds to neutralize threats when no other options exist.
All students are exposed to the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the Gracie family. In addition to physical training, Soulcraft’s curriculum focuses on proper gym etiquette, as well as Jiu Jitsu terminology.
Q: What is the basis for your self-defense system?
A: Soulcraft’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is based on the self-defense principles established by the Gracie family and proudly traces its lineage to Helio and Carlos Gracie. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling based art, which means that children at taught to defend themselves without punching or kicking.
Q: Who teaches the children’s programming?
A: Soulcraft Kids and Wolf Cubs are taught by dedicated and quality instructors. Owner Brad Wolfson and head children instructor Chase du Pont lead a qualified team of martial artists with background experience in education.
Q: What are your rules on sparring? When do you let children start sparring?
A: Randori, or “rolling”, is controlled sparring which mimics competition and involves the careful supervised application of Brazilian jiu jitsu locks and holds. Soulcraft Kids and Wolf Cubs only roll with supervision of an instructor. Wolf Cubs do not learn submissions until achieving the rank of yellow/white or higher.