JUNE 12-JULY 26
Team FVGC has created a 6-Week summer program for kids 8-13 years old to learn the basics of boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing, to get some great exercise, and to have fun! No prior kickboxing or boxing training is required.
Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 4-5pm starting on Monday, June 12th and ending Wednesday, July 26th. (We will be taking a break the week of July 3rd).
This will be an age-appropriate, light-contact class under professional, adult supervision and instruction. Students will be focusing on proper footwork, basic punching and kicking technique, putting together combinations, and some basic defense. There will be no peer-to-peer contact until students can demonstrate basic technique, control, and discipline.
Tuition for the 6-weeks is $150 and INCLUDES BOXING GLOVES AND SHIN-GUARDS. Students will need to provide their own boil-and-bite style mouthguard (approximately $15, available at Dicks, Scheels, Play It Again Sports, etc.). Registration and payment through the Eventbrite page is REQUIRED for participation. This will allow us to appropriately plan curriculum, staffing, and have each child’s equipment ready for them on their first day.
REGISTRATION ENDS SATURDAY, MAY 20th
As I was teaching our FVGC Advanced kids jiu-jitsu class the other day, I looked around the room as the kids were drilling technique and felt proud! It was a class of 6-12 year olds repping their techniques with beautiful movement and great discipline. They hardly needed any tries to “get it right”. During rolling they stayed controlled and calm, hardly ever relying on size or strength to gain position or get the submission. It occurred to me in that moment that in some ways it was easier to teach this class than the adult white belts, that the adults have a harder time smoothly doing technique and rolling with some flow.
How is this possible? Here are 3 reasons I came up with:
- Kids come in with little to no pre-conceived ideas about BJJ: Usually kids come into class not knowing what jiu-jitsu is or how it should look. So, they come into class and take the instructor’s word for how things should be done and mimic the body movements and style of those that know more than they do. They don’t over-think it; they just DO IT.
- They work with adult instructors: The first time our kids roll, it is with an adult that is much larger than they are; perhaps this gives them the idea that their size and strength cannot be relied on all the time. They are forced to use good technique, as an instructor won’t let them get away with anything else!
- They keep it fun! Ego is much less of a problem in the kids’ classes. Of course, there is always some healthy competition, but the kids take it to heart when an instructor says, “You are going to have bad days rolling. It is okay. It happens to everyone. Everyone makes mistakes, and that is why you keep coming to class”. Even a child that has a rough practice is over it in about 10 minutes and ready to come back for their next class.
So I guess my advice is….Train like a kid! Come to class like a sponge, ready to absorb; roll with people that are bigger or more experienced than you; and, don’t let your ego get in the way of your training. Open your mind, open your heart, and LOVE JIU-JITSU!
Happy Training! :)