Looking for a fun, exciting activity for your kids? Check out our kid’s martial arts program!
At the 54th Street Gym, we believe that the foundation of martial arts training should be a broad one. Our children’s martial arts classes draw upon the same great sources for striking, grappling, and self-defense as our adult classes, but provide that training in a single, integrated format designed specifically for a younger audience. Students will learn grappling from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, striking from Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Kempo and Kali along with self-defense and Gracie Bullyproof anti-bullying skills, all in a format that is fun and safe for kids of all ages.
We have three programs for kids. Beginners and Advanced as well as our unique Little Champs class that is actually done with the parents if they choose to participate.
The Beginner Kids/Jr. Grapplers class is for kids that are 7-15 years of age and who have never done any martial arts. In the Jr. Grapplers program, we focus on 33 non-violent self-defense techniques that teach children to “neutralize and negotiate” with the bullies. Verbal assertiveness strategies are a major portion of this curriculum. A child needs absolutely no experience to start, and we guarantee a noticeable increase in your child’s confidence within a few weeks! In addition to the Gracie Bullyproof we teach the kids a combination of punching, kicking and simple self defense skills.
The other group is the Kids Advanced for kids 7-15 that have achieved at least a blue belt rank and above. If your child trained in another martial art they may be allowed to participate in this class after an initial assessment. We want to make sure that every student has a good foundation to allow them to progress with the other kids in the class. Kids in this class will engage in controlled sparring and grappling classes.
The Little Champs class is for kids 4-7. It is done once a week and is often done with the parent so that the parents can work with the child thru the week. Using our time-tested “Gracie Games,” we teach the Little Champs basic self-defense techniques while instilling the foundational principles of leverage and control. The secret to the success of this program is that we make the lessons so fun that the kids beg for more! Once a child masters all ten Gracie Games, they advance to the Jr. Grappler’s program and possibly the kids beginner program depending on their maturity.
At 54th Street Gym, we believe that the martial arts should teach more than just physical skills. Through training, your child will also learn:
And much more!