In this after-school program, kids are shuttled to the academy in the Gracie Charlottesville stretch limo. Here they will be given a small healthy snack while they have a half-hour to work on and get help with homework. After the snack/homework period the kids will be divided into groups and taught the basic concepts of self-defense, self-confidence, respect for others, and basic diet/fitness for martial arts. This all-encompassing program not only develops the child’s physical abilities, but helps to turn them into better human beings.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals for Kids (recommended ages 6-14):
Our kids Gracie Jiu-Jitsu class is designed to impart valuable life skills to our students from self-defense and general safety awareness to confidence and goal-setting. The primary focus of our kids program is to develop fundamental techniques, and create a solid foundation to build upon in older years. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a highly effective and comprehensive system of standing and ground defense techniques utilizing rules of leverage. Even a smaller person can learn the principles of leverage that will assist them in defending themselves against or defeating a larger opponent. It is also a tremendous workout for children regardless of athletic ability.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals:
This is the beginner program, recommended for ages 14+. In this program we teach the core self-defense techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in a safe and rewarding environment. The Gracie 101 Self Defense Program will focus on standing and ground techniques, with and without weapons. This program is very similar to what they teach in the US Army. Absolutely no experience is necessary and if you are worried about becoming injured, embarrassed, or uncomfortable, then this is the perfect class for you to start with.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Open Rank:
This program is for the more experienced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners who want to sharpen their skills for Jiu-Jitsu or MMA competition. We focus on the more advanced ground techniques that would be used for defeating higher level Jiu-Jitsu opponents. This class provides the best workout because much of the time is dedicated to open-mat, rolling, and drilling. We do not recommend this program to beginners for the first 6-months because the risk of injury is much higher. Over time the students learn how to train safely in a live sparring environment.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Women Only:
This program is for women-only, and focuses on 3 major areas: self-defense, fitness and reflexes. Each class opens with a workout-style techniques drilling class and then moves into simulated real-life self-defense scenarios. In this program women will learn how to escape holds, avoid being pulled into bad locations, and will learn to render an attacker harmless through a comprehensive system of submissions designed to work on much larger/stronger opponents. Women can expect to gain awareness and confidence for the streets while conditioning their bodies and minds for worst-case scenarios.
Our wrestling program is run by Christian Chirico, a former D1 wrestler from West Virginia University. Wrestling is one of the most crucial systems for bringing an opponent to the ground and establishing a dominant position. This class is beginner friendly and very useful to integrate with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.