Kid's Brazilian Jiu-jitsu?


“My son Zachary started when he was 10 years old, he had no self confidence but all that changed when he met Chewy and the other instructors. They have helped mold him into the strong young man he has become. Zach is now 12 and in the 7th grade, he has the tools and self confidence to handle situations that may arise as they often do in middle school. All I can say is that thanks to Derby City I do not fear for my sons safety in school. The atmosphere at Derby City has been a very positive experience and I highly recommend it!” – Terri Schultz


Top Reasons why Jiu-Jitsu is Great for Kid's!

1. Builds their balance and coordination

Everyone talks about how great of an exercise jiu-jitsu is and they wish that they could have started earlier. To get your kids involved in jiu-jitsu at an early age (usually 6 years old, as many Gracies suggest) is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Developing balance and coordination at such an early age will not only keep them fit and healthy, but it will also help your child become an athletic and energetic individual throughout their lives. Although children do not understand the full benefits of what they are doing at such a young age, it is the responsibility of the parents to keep them motivated and continuing to go to classes to attain these great physical skills.

2. Builds confidence and self-esteem

Confidence is one of the most important traits for any person to have. Martial Arts have been famous for developing this in people at very early stages in life. As kids become more confident in their techniques and their performance in class, the same will happen with their school studies and their relationships with other people.

3. Allows for socializing and bonding

In BJJ class, children will meet many new friends and share experiences. Whether it is drilling techniques, playing a game or rolling – it is great practice for kids to learn to communicate with other kids of all ages, as well as older authority figures like the instructors and assistant instructors.

4. Teaches focus and discipline

young Dragon’s Explaining what they learned today in Class

young Dragon’s Explaining what they learned today in Class

Children will also learn how to listen to an authority figure and follow instructions – more important skills for future development. Children learn various small lessons, like not speaking when being spoken to by an instructor, or even keeping their gi and belt neatly tied. They will even learn about the importance of hygiene because gis must be clean and nails must be cut. The work ethic they learn in the BJJ academy can translate into their schoolwork and future ventures as they grow up. They will learn that hard work and diligence produces results and rewards.

5. Keeps them occupied with something positive

Getting your children to be passionate about something early in their lives will keep them away from harmful influences in the future. The more they train BJJ and spend time thinking about BJJ, the less time they will spend dwelling on things that could be harmful to them. They will also find friends in the academy with the same outlook and it will keep them further motivated to stay out of trouble.

Ultimately, to have your child immersed in jiu-jitsu at an early age (age 6-10 is best to start) is an amazing gift for your child, but it is up to the parents to make this commitment with them. It is the parent’s responsibility to motivate their children and fit the training in the child’s schedule. Even in moments where you may feel that your child is losing interest, find ways to rekindle it. After all your efforts and years past, you will see your mature child thank you for the rewards they have attained from their BJJ training.

Meet Sifu Ed, Metrolina Martial Arts Youth Coach

Master carlos machado and Sifu Ed

Master carlos machado and Sifu Ed

Ed Stahl
Youth Instructor/Owner

Sifu Ed Stahl is the Head Instructor of Metrolina Martial Arts teaching the Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and Muay Thai Classes. He is certified under 3 different people in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do -- including Sifu Ron Balicki, son-in-law of the Legend Guro Dan Inosanto. He has 10 years of training experience from all around the world -- having spent a year in Japan -- and trained with some of the best.


Realistic Self-Defense Skills: As much as we all hate to think about it, our world is a scarier place than it once was. You want your children to be safe and being able to defend themselves gives them confidence and puts your mind at ease. Our goal isn’t just to teach your kids how win a competition. They will know how to protect themselves should they ever be in a life threatening situation. It may sound dramatic, but this invaluable skill could save their life.

Increased Physical Aptitude and Fitness:  Participating in our programs, your child will develop greater physical awareness and increase their speed, stamina and agility. They also help develop balance, coordination and timing, which helps in sports and other activities. Feeling good about yourself physically leads to self-confidence and often, better health.

Better Grades: Their grades will go up and stay up! Your child will learn self-defense and physical agility, along with the discipline that helps them study, complete homework and organize their time. Ultimately, this leads to better concentration at school resulting in better grades. Our program focuses on education skills in a fun setting – they won’t feel like they’re learning (!), but they’ll make big changes. We make success a habit, not a chore.

Leadership Skills: Learning to set goals and take responsibility for your actions helps your child succeed in every area of life. Your child will develop as a leader, instead of a follower. Learning how to cooperate benefits them and everyone they interact with. These are skills ensure that their success in school and carry right through to adult life. Foundational skills that last a lifetime begin right here with the personal attention and training they’ll get at Derby City.

Mental Development: Peer pressure is just a fact of life. Our training will give your child the courage to say NO in the face of peer pressure. They’ll gain the ability to know what’s right for them, make good choices and stand by them.

Drug use at younger and younger ages is another terrifying reality for parents. At Derby City, we’re active members in the nationally recognized H.E.R.O. program. We promote anti-drug programs as well as conduct anger management and conflict resolution programs. All are specifically designed to promote self-confidence and self-esteem – the foundational building blocks that allow your kids to make positive choices and feel good about themselves in the process.

High Energy Classes: Your kids will have fun at Derby City. It’s no secret that kids have lots of energy and they like to play. Kids tell us how much fun the classes are – they almost seem surprised! We focus your child’s energy in a positive and productive way, which helps relieve stress, keep them in shape and builds character at the same time. Fun was never this productive.

Personalized Attention: Every student gets the personal attention needed to feel part of the group and our experienced instructors meet them at their skill level. Not only does this ensure rapid progress, it fosters a sense of belonging and encourages participation.  All of our classes are taught by highly trained instructors.  Not only are they competent and committed, they are excellent teachers that really care about teaching and learning. You’ll feel safe knowing your child is receiving expert instruction. And, our facility is set up family style. Come and watch all the classes from the bleachers. Your presence supports your child and you’ll enjoy watching them succeed!

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Get started with kids grappling classes at Metrolina Martial Arts!


Free Trial
Concord/Charlotte Locals Only

$ 0
  • Start with an orientation class to understand the ins-and-outs of our dojo!

  • First night of Kids Jiu-jitsu classes are free with no commitment

  • Includes free loaner Gi if you need one