Programs & Schedules
Tiny Ninjas (ages 4-6)
At Third Law Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we are on a mission to reach out to as many children in our community as possible. Laying a strong foundation for our youth is our mission. Our Little Ninjas Program is specially designed for 4 to 6 year-olds. There are 8 major skills that our instructors focus on: Focus, Team Work, Control, Balance, Memory, Discipline, Fitness, and Coordination.
In each class, we cover one of these skills with a wide variety of activities that are fun, educational and at the same time gets your child physically fit.
The following are some activities that we will cover in our Litte Ninja class:
Ninja Speed Test - all the students move about (like ninjas) until we give the command "attention." They all must move to attention as fast as they can. This drill teaches them discipline to stand still when told.
The Jungle Game - we all pretend that we are in the jungle and when the instructor calls out an object such as a branch, they all must duck; if the instructor says log, they must jump; if the instructor says bear, they must pretend to be sleeping so the bear does not see them. This drill works on their memory and reaction skills, not to mention that it is a great workout.
Ninja Clean-up - we take all of our targets and kicking pads and place them all over the floor. We then split the class into teams and have a contest to see which team can pick them up the fastest. This teaches them teamwork, and also makes cleaning their own room fun.
Ninja Personal Development - each day we draw a special lesson out of our ninja hat and discuss how each lesson can help us become a better ninja.
As you can see, we make learning fun and educational. Martial Arts is much more than kicking and punching, it's being the best that you can be in everything you do. With our Tiny Ninja program you can be sure your child will learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime.
Little Ninjas (ages 7-12)
In our Little Ninjas program, our instructors focus more on the essential elements of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Our elementary-school children are taught a blend of Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and Judo. Hand-in-hand with their physical education, the children learn character and discipline so they know how and when to apply their newfound skills. Teamwork and respect for others are stressed.
The benefits of our Little Ninja's program goes far beyond Martial Arts -You'll see a new kind of discipline emerging . . . the kind that will positively affect all areas of his or her life. You'll notice an increased respect for others, and most importantly, for herself!
Juniors (ages 13-17)
The years between 13 and 17 are very important for children. Any idea why? With high school around the corner, there are many challenges on the way. Here are some to name a few:
- Physical: physical illness, acne, physical check-ups, weight worries, eating disorders, infections, height worries
- Emotional: relationships, family problems, depression, violence issues
- Social: bullying, tobacco and smoking, drugs, saying “no,”peer pressure, friend
- Intellectual: nerd vs. popular dilemma, grades, college
It is very important that your child’s transition at this time is smooth because the choices they make during the high school years will have a lot of influence on what kind of adult they turn out to be. With right development, positive reinforcement, and good mentors, your child will be ready to be able to handle the difficult challenges of life ahead.
Picture your child:
He/she is above their peers at an intellectual level. They are not only getting goods grades, but guiding the crowd by being a strong leader that makes positive decisions. He or she perseveres through the most difficult challenges by knowing when to say “no,” by picking and choosing the crowds they hang out with and by knowing how to make and keep friends who will have a positive influence in their lives.
Imagine him/her confident and competent physically and capable of overcoming any physical challenge, but even better picture him/her able to overcome emotional challenges positively.
Sounds good right? This is why we call our program “A Head Start in Life” (www.headstartinlife.com). By enrolling your son or daughter in our Third Law Jiu-Jitsu Kids Program you will be preparing your child and teaching your child how to respond to all of the above scenarios.
This is how the Juniors program works
The Juniors program is carefully designed program that challenges and develop important life skills of pre-teens/ middle schoolers - high schoolers through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Jiu-Jitsu is our medium to challenge your children and teach them how to be strong. How does it work?
Jiu-Jitsu is by far considered the ultimate self-defense martial art. It’s a sport that requires very high physical ability (cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy, and mental toughness).
As we mold your child for our adults program you will see him or her become more coordinated and more physically fit, as well as stronger and faster. A child that can run faster, and is stronger and more agile than their peers tends to develop an invaluable life tool: CONFIDENCE.
Once you have instilled confidence, sit back and watch your child achieve anything they desire to. Confidence is a benefit that children get out of our programs that most parents do not realize.
While confidence is a major tool, sometimes it is not enough to get kids through emotional challenges.
On top of being a demanding sport that will make your child physically competent, Jiu-Jitsu at the Third Law Academy emphasizes a friendly, family environment. How do we do it? We simply don’t let everyone train. At our academy, your child will be surrounded by great mentors (professionals, school teachers, coaches) who, above all, are GOOD HUMAN BEINGS.
At Third Law BJJ, we are all connected by our passion for Jiu-Jitsu. We talk about jiu-jitsu. When your kid becomes good at Jiu-jitsu, adults will be talking about his skills, and even asking questions on how to do a certain technique. Do you know how important it makes a child feel when an adult respects his opinion and listens to what he has to say? A LOT. Now guess what this does for him.
It builds self-esteem. Self-Esteem is the characteristic a person possesses that makes them feel of great value, and, usually, is the key ingredient we will help your child develop to better cope with emotional challenges.
Because your child will get the chance to train with adults on certain adult day classes, this will give him/her the ability to interact and feel his/her input appreciated by older peers. This will increase self-esteem.
Because your child will be among the older kids in the children’s classes this will put him/her automatically in a leadership position as well, once again, increasing both confidence and self-esteem.
So far we have told you how we will increase your child’s confidence, self-esteem and physically competency, and also presented some scenarios in which he/she will be dealing with older and younger training partners where he/she will be expected to respect, follow orders and also be a leader.
One thing that we have left out is the ability for your child to learn self-defense. Funny thing is that Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art – but at this point we see that major benefits include more than just simply learning self defense. Self esteem and confidence are two major benefits.
Nevertheless, knowing how to deal will bullies and how to defend oneself is very important. When I say dealing with bullies, I refer to how to be smarter than them and how to avoid confrontations by being wiser.
But sometimes, being wise is not enough. The website KidsHealth.com is an amazing resource for kids and parents. They did a small survey in which they asked 1,229 boys and girls to answer some questions about bullying. Nearly half of them said they had been bullied before. Some said it was happening every day. Others said it only happened once in a while. Here's how the group answered:
How often have you been bullied?
- Every day (8%)
- Every week, but not every day (7%)
- Once in a while, but not every week (33%)
- Never (52%)
They also asked how many of these kids were bullies themselves. Most of them (58%) said they never bullied others, but the rest said that they did.
- 22% said they bullied others once in a while
- 5% said they bullied others every week
- 15% said they bullied others every day
As you have probably guessed, some kids said they were both bullies and the victims of bullies. Why is that? Kids learn to bully because they have been subjected to mean and unfair treatment themselves, by other kids or by adults. That's sad, but it's no excuse. Everyone can choose to act in new and better ways. It's never too late.
One of our main rules is to never use anything we teach outside our academy unless they need to defend themselves. And we stress this rule every day just to make sure that the power we give your children to defend themselves is never used in the wrong way.
Nevertheless, lets study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a form of self-defense. Most Martial Arts programs teach your kid to punch and to kick into air, pads and mirrors – but this is not enough.
Martial Arts program are great for kids self-esteem and confidence, but not all are created equal. For as good as a martial arts program can be at helping a kid through younger years, it can’t mean anything later if the kid realizes that what he learned in class won’t help him in a real confrontation against a stronger child. I have heard some adults look back at their martial arts experience and refer to them as a false feeling of confidence.
Unfortunately, when the teen or kid realizes they have been lied about one thing they assume everything else that they were taught might have been wrong, even if this is not the case.
Kicking and punching bags or air and breaking boards is not enough because most fights end on the ground. So we teach your kid to defend against takedowns, to take opponents down and to defend himself/herself on the ground with an opponent on top. We also teach how to control an opponent without hurting them. That’s why Jiu-Jitsu is the ultimate program for your kid.
- Build confidence
- Increase self-esteem
- Teach Them Leadership Skills
- Increased Physical Aptitude and Fitness
- Accelerate Mental Development
- Teach Them Realistic Self-Defense Skills
The best proof will be when your child starts applying techniques efficiently against much bigger adults.
Finally, there is a reason why people refer to Jiu-Jitsu as chess on the mat. It is a sport that requires its students to constantly think, concentrate and analyze positions, techniques, variations, and strategy.
The best Jiu-Jitsu athletes are not only physically gifted. They also learn to look at the art as a system of biomechanics and have a great understanding of human anatomy.
By studying Jiu-Jitsu, your child’s mind will be challenged everyday. He or she will find solve puzzles on the mat in every class. How do I do this move more efficiently? Why didn’t this work? How do I make sure that kid doesn’t take me down? Etc…
But there’s so much more. The above explanation is just the tip of the iceberg of the foundation we will give your child to help him or her grow into a strong adult.