Martial arts training is the perfect activity for children of all ages. It instills confidence, teaches discipline, and will have your child break a sweat with a smile. First and foremost, we teach our students how to defend themselves. Our training also helps students thrive outside of the academy by applying the problem solving skills and positive values of Jiu Jitsu.
For our youngest students, we limit the variety of moves taught and focus on core techniques and positions. We use partner drills and games to keep our younger students engaged and active. We want to keep them moving, developing muscle memory and situational awareness.
Students also learn the three “T”s of self-defense: Talk, Tell, and Tackle. We teach our young students how to peacefully handle conflict with their words as a first option. In fact, we give them specific phrases and a body language to respond to common bullying behaviors. If talking is not enough, we advise students to tell an adult about their situation. Only when all others options have been exhausted, or physical violence is imminent, do we teach students to tackle and to use their Jiu Jitsu. Sometimes in life, the fight picks you, and there is no other choice but to defend yourself.
Our classes grow and evolve with our students. In the Juniors classes, much more time and focus is placed on drilling compared to the younger Little Sharks students. This additional level of discipline allows us to show a greater variety of moves and techniques as we dive deeper into the realities of defending against more aggressive opponents.
The three “T”s of self defense - Talk, Tell, and Tackle - continue to be emphasized, along with conversations about leadership, teamwork, and camaraderie. At Rising Tide Academy, we care just as much about fostering great martial arts as we do about developing great individuals.