Children courses: Frequently asked questions

Q: When is the next course?
A: For children, there are usually four to six different courses per year: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Course dates are posted on our website (www.graciezuerich.ch) under [Training –> Kids].

Q: How old does my child need to be to participate in the course?
A: Your child should be no younger than five years old; there are no upper limits.

Q: Can my child participate in a trial session?
A: Yes, please send an email or sms in advance.

Q: The course has already started, can my child still come to the course?
A: Yes, but the course fee is the same even if the course has “started”. Please note that we do not give price reductions (family and other discounts). With us, everyone gets the same service, for the same price.

Q: What is the size of the Jiu-Jitsu classes?
A: We only offer small groups, so we are a bit more expensive than others.

Q: Does my child need a (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) kimono for the class?
A: Yes, because the gi (kimono) is also for protection and not just to look good! You can buy this in any sports store, but please make sure that the gi is white (no other colors). When ordering/purchasing, do not forget the white belt; often it is not included in the package.
Gi example: https://www.budo.ch/de/bekleidung/brasilien-ju-jitsu/adidas-bjj-gi-kids-entry-level-abjjk.html

Q: Are the children divided into different age or skill groups?
A: Yes, if it should be necessary. The age groups are normally as follows:
U9 = 5 to 8 years old, U13 = 9 to 12 years old, and Youth U18 = 13 to 17 years old.
Skills groups are as follows: Beginners = beginner/beginner, Intermediate = from orange belt, and Advanced from green belt. Youths from (approx.) 13 years old join the adults. If there is an “only” female group, then girls (from approx. 12 years) can change to this class.

Q: How long does a lesson last?
A: A lesson lasts about 50 minutes for the children. Of that, 35 minutes is technical practice, and we use the rest of the time for warm-up exercises at the beginning and cool-down at the end.

Q: Does my child have to fight?
A: Martial arts has to do with “fighting”, but in our particular case it has to do with “learning to protect”. In fact, we are not a sports-oriented jiu-jitsu or martial arts school, but we use “sparring” to manage our fears of confrontation. In this way, we learn to keep the unwanted and surprising outside pressure away. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is about us, us as individuals, but we also learn to live with others and see the positive from that.

Q: My child has Asthma, can he still come to the training?
A: We ask that you talk to your family doctor about this. Please note that we always design the training so that everyone can participate. However, we are not doctors and we do not take the responsibility to answer this question for you.

Q: Do you also teach striking techniques?
A: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu includes punching and kicking techniques, but not like a boxer or karateka. The punching techniques are used by us to control the distance to protect ourselves from the attacker(s), this is what we call “Distance Management”.

Q: I am not sure if my child is fit enough! Can he still come?
A: As mentioned above, we design the training so that everyone can participate. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu helps kids where they need to be when trained properly. Come by and participate in a training session, everything else will show up later.

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