What is Kid's Brazilian Jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is THE BEST non-violent self defense for children and teens. Children learn takedowns, falling, controls, and at the older ages, “tap-outs.” In the day-to-day classes, we take the punching/kicking element out of the equation and focus mainly on grappling. Through demonstration, students learn a series of techniques each day. After thorough preparation, our students implement the new technique in a controlled and supervised sparring session, where they have the opportunity to practice techniques against a resisting opponent. Because we have removed dangerous punches and kicks from our training, students can spar during each training session, increasing their proficiency in the sport with each class. Kids of every age enjoy grappling and learning how to use their moves with their peers..


Basic Jiu-jitsu Positions

The first thing students will learn is the basic positions of Jiu-Jitsu.



Kids learn how to assume this position, but also how to escape from it if an opponent is on top of them. Getting to this position is always our goal.


Side Mount

Kids learn a variety of strategies to reach and escape from this position. We typically find ourselves in this position after we pass the guard.


Back Position

Kids will learn how to get the back and how to escape from it. This is arguably the best position to be in both in self defense and in competition.



Guard employs the strength of the lower and upper body to achieve a superior position or submission. A small person can learn to defeat a larger person with this position.

What to expect on the First Day


Many children (and some teens too!) may feel very reserved, nervous, and shy on their first day, as is the case with many new activities. There will be many new movements and positions that are completely foreign to them. It is completely natural to feel timid, but after a few minutes of instruction, participants are encouraged by the supportive environment and tend to relax. Our goal at the beginning of class is to make the warm-ups fast-paced and fun. We encourage every child join in, with or without the uniform, to get a feel for the class. Some children prefer to watch at first, which they are welcome to do. We do not require sparring or competition in the class, but most kids look forward to trying their new techniques. We end each class with fun, cooperative games, which are always a hit with the kids.

Meet Tim and Michael, Metrolina Martial Arts Kids' Coaches


Tim Haun
Adults' Head BJJ Coach and Muay Thai Kru

Tim has been training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for nearly half his life -- 15 years. Having received his Brown Belt from Professor Carlos Machado in Ocotober, 2017, after having competed in MMA, Kickboxing/Muay Thai, and several BJJ Tournaments. He has been teaching nearly his entire BJJ journey and has developed an excellent approach to teaching both and adults and especially children. His philosophy with the martial arts is he wants to to be accessible to all -- regardless of sex, race, gender, and physical fitness level.

Michael Gainey
Kids' Head BJJ Coach

Michael has been training on and off since he was a kid and joined Metrolina Martial Arts in 2015 while still attending school. He trains in all of the arts and can't get enough of it. In August 2017, he started teaching the Kid's Program in Kickboxing. He competes regularly in local BJJ tournaments. 


Benefits of our Kids Program

  • Fitness
  • Self-Defense
  • Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Focus/Attentiveness
  • Self-esteem
  • Coordination
  • Friendships
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Community
  • Accomplishments

Start for Free.

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; afterward, you have a week of training for Free!
  • First week of Kids Jiu-jitsu classes are free with no commitment
  • Includes free loaner Gi if you need one