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At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Long Island our instructors share a special devotion to the children enrolled in our programs. Growing up is sometimes hard and we firmly believe that the self-confidence and skills learned in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu can equip our youngest students to face many of the difficult challenges they’ll face in their lives. Our instructors work to develop the physical skills necessary for our students to successfully defend themselves, but also seek to help establish social, mental, and academic skills, which can benefit our students in all walks of life.

Our instructors recognize that in order to create and reinforce all of these valuable skills in our youngest students, it’s important to provide a fun, positive environment. Our children’s programs are divided according to age group and ability, and are available to students ages 4 and up. Our instructors supplement group training techniques with individual attention to each student, helping them to learn at their own pace, setting reachable goals, and recognizing hard work and achievement.

More than anything else, our greatest goal in working with youth is to promote self-confidence. Self-confidence is the single greatest preventative measure in the fight to eliminate bullying. Children who project confidence and possess a healthy sense of self-worth are less likely to be the victims of bullying, and are also less likely to become bullies themselves. We strive to teach our students the social skills to resolve conflict in a healthy, constructive manner, so that the martial arts skills they learn can be used for fun in practice and training, and only for self-defense as a last resort.

Our youth programs are divided according to age and ability with distinct age groups and focused curriculums.

Little Champions (Ages 4-7)

This program is designed around the learning needs and capabilities of children in the 4-7 year age group. Children learn the “Rules of Engagement,” which help them to recognize, acknowledge, and understand dangerous or bullying situations and how to properly address them.

They also learn the basic body mechanics of Jiu-Jitsu through a series of “games” and drills that also develop strength and coordination through structured, kid-friendly exercise. This program is designed to be very fun and interactive!

Junior Grapplers (Ages 8-13)

This program is designed around the learning needs and capabilities of children in the 8-13 year age group. As with our Little Champions program, children learn the “Rules of Engagement,” which help them to recognize, acknowledge, and understand dangerous or bullying situations and how to properly address them.

Our Junior Grapplers receive a more in depth training in the same skills taught in our Little Champions program, based upon their increased capacity to learn and understand the concepts presented. Additionally, our Junior Grapplers focus on cultivating social skills and developing an awareness of how they impact their environment.

Junior Grapplers is a great progression for students who started in the Little Champions program; however, there is no prerequisite for this program! Students’ ages and abilities determine which program is right for them.

Black Belt Club

Our Black Belt Club program is designed for kids, adolescents and teens with an interest in competitive Jiu-Jitsu. This program is 100% focused on the sport aspects of Jiu-Jitsu, while maintaining the fun and positive environment that we are dedicated to providing for all of our students. Participants in this program will receive the instruction necessary to help them compete and achieve success in local, state, national, and even international competitions.

The Black Belt Club program takes the lessons and drilling techniques of the Little Champions and Junior Grapplers to a depth and intensity more appropriate to the abilities of older students. While previous participation in Little Champions or Junior Grapplers is not necessary in order to join the Black Belt Club program, this program requires dedication and consistent attendance.

Black Belt Club is also a great preparatory program for adolescents and teens interested in transitioning to the adult programs.