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At Manchester BJJ we offer a very innovative martial arts curriculum for children ages 5-8 and youth ages 8-12. Regardless of age, we provide each student with essential training in character development, self-defense, fitness and teamwork, not to mention fun!



Our program focuses on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu but we also add training in Wrestling, Judo and Muay Thai for a well-rounded martial arts education that will enable each child to protect themselves both standing and on the ground (where many physical altercations usually end up).

Each class includes expert training and instruction in modern self-defense and fitness strategies but also includes the discipline and respect found in more traditional martial arts. Classes are fun, energetic and physically challenging.

The discipline and self-confidence that children and teens acquire in our program helps them grow into well-rounded adults and empowers them to more effectively handle problems, including bullying. We acclimate kids and teens to an active, healthy lifestyle, and build the character, self-esteem and interpersonal skills necessary for peaceful conflict resolution while stressing the importance of safety and responsibility. Kids with character and confidence have powerful coping strategies for dealing with and resolving confrontations with peers and kids with self-defense have powerful skills to deal with and resolve physical abuse.

Why Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the best martial art for your child?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu differs from Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing and other martial arts because of its emphasis on grappling instead of relying on punches and kicks. Our program teaches children basic striking techniques, but we also ensure that each child learns what to do on the ground by covering take downs, reversals, sweeps, escapes, submissions and self-defense strategies against common attacks. Since these techniques rely on leverage and not size or strength (unlike martial arts that focus on punching and kicking) a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioner is able to defeat much larger and stronger opponents. This, coupled with the fact that most fights, including confrontations with bullies, end up on the ground, makes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu the most effective martial art for children.

Our kid’s martial arts programs will also allow many opportunities for your child to compete in local, national and international grappling competitions if your child wants to. While we believe competition is a great way to test oneself and meet new friends but it is not required.

Stop by our academy anytime and see why Gracie Jiu-jitsu is the fastest growing martial art for kids in the world!




Ready to get started?  Email us at manchesterbjj@gmail.com!

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  1. Calitchi Melendez says:

    I am searching for information on registering a child in classes. I am looking for schedules as well as charges for these classes. My child is in the 9-12 youth group and will be a beginner.
    If someone could please provide some feedback, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

  2. Betsy Caraballo says:

    I am interested in the children classes for my sons who are 6 and 10 yrs old.