At IBJJ, we’ve developed a safety-first, family training program so children aged 4 to 7 can train jiu jitsu with the support of an adult.
This program was created so parents and children could train in a safe space while enjoying a sociable, fun and healthy form of play.
We teach discipline, meditation and basic self-defence to instill confidence and focus in your child – all while creating an unbreakable bond and many fun memories with their parent partner.
This class is ideal if you’re looking for a new way to connect with your child and discover a unique form of play that you can enjoy together. When you exercise with your child, you’re sending them a powerful message that movement matters. At IBJJ, we like to call it ‘productive wrestling’ – you’re not just having fun, you’re empowering them to become more confident and connected.
What to expect
Our parent and child classes run for an hour, and are available three times a week – Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 10am.
We offer a free 45-minute introductory session before your first class so you can meet our coaches and get to know our gym. We’ll give you the tour, answer any questions you might have, and let you know what to expect in training.
There are no special requirements to attend this class. Parents can be any level of fitness and don’t need any prior experience. The club provides a gi for each student’s first class and we recommend bringing a bottle of water so you can stay hydrated.
Class starts with a relaxed, fun game to warm-up and give everyone a chance to get to know each other. We then move into ‘animal walks’ to encourage kids creativity, getting them to shed their inhibitions and be playful.
We then move onto the more technical aspects of Brazilian jiu jitsu with drills that focus on progressive resistance, ensuring everyone builds on what they’ve learnt from the previous class.
Class also includes a mental wellness component with guided meditations that help kids focus, settle, and learn discipline.
Meditation is followed by instruction in new techniques, partner drills, and a final game. The energy in these classes is always uplifting and fun – we find that the parents look forward to the next session just as much as the kids!