Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art designed to work with the principles of leverage and technique instead of brutal force and strength. The main focus of BJJ is on the ground grappling: the most important but often neglected area of martial arts and MMA.
It is a fact that 90% of all fights end up in clinch and eventually on the ground. BJJ gives you the necessary tools to fully protect yourself in the most common type of street confrontations and against any other type of martial art.
BJJ is a Superior Method of Self-Defense for Women & Girls.
BJJ is an ideal form of self-defense since most attacks on women end up on the ground; Jiu-Jitsu is one of the very few forms of self-defense that deals with the most neglected form of combat, ground fighting. Also most martial arts rely on speed, strength or the element of surprise to be effective. What is not put into the equation is the fact that women are usually attacked by surprise without given the opportunity to strike at the right moment. So what do you do when you find yourself on the ground with a person 100 pounds heavier than you on top of you? Certainty not punching and kicking.
BJJ vs. Other Martial Arts for Kid
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enables practitioners to subdue their opponents without the use of punching and kicking, eliminating the need to use excessive force in a real-life self-defense situation. BJJ is a martial art that uses grappling techniques and ideal for diffusing an aggressive situation. Nobody has to get hurt with Jiu-Jitsu, the idea of "tapping out" during training allows the students to keep their training realistic, yet safe.
Why BJJ for Kids as Self Defense
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the ideal method of self-defense for kids since it emphasizes leverage and technique over strength and power. This focus makes it possible for all children to excel, regardless of their size or athletic ability.
Learning Coordination Early in Life
Kids learn motor movement at a very early age. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu challenges the entire body, developing coordination, balance, agility and poise. These traits are often neglected and not fully developed in team sports. By starting children in Jiu-Jitsu they learn how to fall properly, and how to initiate movement patterns that are inherent to life and any sport they might choose down the road. We also begin basic fitness and calisthenics that will give them a leg-up on their peers who do not engage in fitness activities at an early age.
Learn Discipline, Perseverance & Commitment
Kids are ranked in a belt system and within these belts they will earn degrees. The belt system allows your child to set long-term goals (becoming a black belt) and short-term goals, such as being able to execute a new technique they learned in class, or achieving their next degree or belt. These skills will help you child learn commitment and perseverance which are life-long skills important for every child to learn and understand to succeed in their goals.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR FIRST KIDS CLASS.
We have many kids who are very excited and motivated to start classes, but some may feel reserved, nervous, and shy on their firs day, as is the case with many new activities. There are lots of new movements and positions that are completely foreign to them. It is natural to feel timid, but after a few minutes of class, participants are encouraged by the supportive environment and tend to relax and enjoy!
Our goal at the beginning of class is to make the warm-ups fast-paced and fun. We encourage every child to join in, to get a feel for the class, but some kids prefer to just watch at first, which they are welcome to do. We do not require sparring or competition in the class, but most kids look forward to trying their new techniques. We end each class with a game and cool down, which are always a hit with the kids.
"There is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You either win or you learn."
- Carlos Gracie Jr.
To excel in any endeavor, individuals need to have a strong set of values and a solid character that gives them perseverance to achieve his or her goals.
The Gracie Barra Future Champions Program was created to provide children ages 3-14 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, discipline, persistence, cooperation and respect. As we offer contact sports, Gracie Barra Westchase provides a very challenging yet safe and caring environment for a child to mature towards a real life champion. The outcome of continued childhood practice of martial arts goes far beyond the accomplishments on the mats. The discipline and excellence demanded by our instructors often carries over to the child’s behavior at home and at school.
Our Future Champions Programs are subdivided in different age groups within the programs to accommodate students of different ages and skill levels:
Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Little Champions 1 (3-6 years old)
Offering 3 classes per week, 45 minutes long.
The perfect foundation to your child's Martial Arts endeavor! Saturday classes are competition oriented and gives students a chance to practice what they've learned in a fun, competition oriented environment.
Little Champions 2 (7-9 Years Old)
Offering 4 classes per week, 1 hour long.
These classes take training to the next level while still maintaining a fun environment. Students are partnered up by size and skill level during training. This program offers some additional class variation with competition and No-Gi classes in addition to the Gi classes.
Juniors BJJ (10-14 years old)
Offering 6 classes per week, 1 hour long.
This program is vital to a students transition from youth programs to adult programs. Instructors have higher expectations of their students practice ethic in classes and healthy competition is encouraged as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, diet and school career. This program offers competition classes, No-Gi classes, Grappling classes and Advanced Gi classes.
Generally, once students are 13-16 years of age, depending on their skill/experience level and size, they will be transferred into the adults programs, which offers many more class times and training partners (of all ages, many teens in these classes!). This transition is discussed on a case by case basis with your instructor and your child.
Offering classes 3 times per week, 1 hour long - 7-13 years old
These classes are designed to give students a healthy introduction into stand up techniques, kickboxing and Muay Thai. Maintaining a fun, learning environment that is age appropriate is our instructors priority. Kids love these classes and they really helps promote a positive, realistic and inclusive beginning to any child's martial arts career.
Offering classes 3 times per week, 1 hour long - 7-13 years old
Gracie Barra Wetschase’s Wrestling Program yields a competitive, yet learning oriented training environment. We have a traditionally tough, yet exceptionally productive approach to our wrestling program at GBW. We help some students in their search for the perfection of their wrestling and competition game, some for fun, and some to complement their BJJ or MMA game. This program will challenge you limits, practice consistency and teach you the true aspects of wrestling.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YORU FIRST CLASS: We recommend you arrive 10 minutes before schedule, so we can get you the proper loaner equipment, if needed, and get you signed in as a trial member. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing you would normally work out in. When lining up to begin practice, you’ll notice the instructor has a precise plan for the class. This is standard. The class routine is always similar so you know exactly what to expect during each part of practice; the techniques change, though! You’ll also find strong support from your peers. By the end of class you’ll be physically tired but mentally exhilarated. Once you have finished the class, we provide you the opportunity to ask any questions with one of our program directors as well an explanation of the class programs we offer.
My daughter is very much an introvert in public. The coaches and program here has really helped her establish confidence in herself! She typically won't warm up to men very easily, but the coaches here are so great in making the kids feel comfortable, extra patient and caring. She now goes running in and says hi to every coach/professor she sees. Can't say enough good things about this place!
We have taken our just turned 7 yr old son to this location on Saturdays for the competition class and it is just great! Coach Mh'mmd gives them an awesome workout...strength, endurance and rolling. We just started taking him this week to Thurs and Fri classes. Prof Inacio, what more can we say, he is awesome. The class is very attentive, the kids are focused, they are there to learn jiujitsu. The classes are not huge and the kids have several instructors to help. Our son goes to another GB school but the days we are coming here give him a different environment, he is very focused and eager to learn. Thanks professors Inacio, Mh'mmd, Ulpiano, for making John feel so welcome. In just a few days we have already seen a change. We have a much longer drive but it is truly worth it.
I'm visiting Houston from out of town, and dropped into class tonight - and couldn't have asked for a better class/gym experience. Everyone was so welcoming, really great instruction, supportive training partners, and professional all around. I highly recommend this place and will definitely drop back in when I'm in town - thanks!