Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for kids

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful sport where functionality and fun go hand in hand. Originally a self-defense art, BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) has developed through the years into a technically and physically challenging sport practiced by thousands of practitioners around the world.

In the Netherlands it is still a relatively young sport, but given the increase in the number of BJJ Tournaments in recent years, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is growing in popularity every day. There are clear similarities with the well-known Judo, but where Judo is mainly about flooring the opponent, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu goes further on the ground. The goal is to use a technical and sportive way to force your direct opponent to give up by means of submissions. During an official match victory can also be achieved by scoring a larger number of points than your opponent.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu kids


From what age is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu suitable?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is suitable for boys and girls aged 6 years and older. UCT International has developed a special program (Team Dragon Kids) especially for our kids from 6 to 15 years of age. When the kids pass the age of 15 we advise them to join the adult classes we offer.


The class structure

The training sessions at Team Dragon Kids are 50 minutes long. Throughout the years we have found that children can easily hold out for 50 minutes. When training sessions last longer than an hour, experience shows that concentration quickly drops.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids - Sifu Pele class


Training is started by greeting the respective Instructor. Then the warm-up is started. This takes about 15 minutes. After this warming-up a number of techniques will be explained and ‘drilled’ (the explained technique will be repeated). Then we will spar and the lesson will end with a cooling-down (i.e. stretching exercises) and a final salute to the Instructor and your fellow students.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids - Class


The classes are always conducted in a pleasant relaxed atmosphere. A student absorbs better when he or she is not hampered by stress.



If after the introduction period you decide to become a member of our beautiful Team Dragon Kids, you can order a Gi (the official outfit of a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) from the BJJ Instructor. Of course you can also order a Gi yourself online, your instructor will be happy to advise you. There are also trainings that are given without Gi, these trainings you wear a rash-guard and shorts. We advise to wear a mouth-guard during the sparring matches.


Grading system

As with many other combat sports, BJJ can also obtain belts that indicate what level you are at. This also has to do with how regularly the practitioner trains.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids - Belt


The first belt worn is of course the white belt, after this you get the gray belt, then the yellow belt, then the orange belt and finally the green belt. After the green belt, the BJJ Dragon Kid advances to the adult program.


Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for kids

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we focus mainly on self-defense and the growth of mental and physical harmony of the practitioner. The exercises given are ideally suited to help children discover their physical and mental potential. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been developed in such a way that it can help the weaker to defend themselves adequately in case of bullying and other threatening situations. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also helps the children to get along better with other children on a social level. The exercises almost always take place at a short distance. The children have walking contact with their fellow students. The instructors pay close attention to the ethical and moral growth of the children. The way of training also helps to get an improved memory function. In a playful way, the child is motivated to remember certain techniques (successive techniques).


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids - Throw


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be an interesting way for a child to get (stay) fit while building friendships and learning new skills in a fun way.








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