Our exciting Jiu-Jitsu program includes 45 minutes of educational fitness-themed activities, and fun team building games three times a week. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the ideal method of self-defense for kids because it emphasizes leverage and technique over strength and power. This focus makes it possible for all children to excel, regardless of their size or athletic ability. Children between the ages of 5 to 13 are eligible to participate in the program, those between the tender ages of 3-5 can receive private lessons to boost their motor movement, develop coordination, balance, and agility. Over time, Children will gain self-esteem and exhibit confidence with their new jiu-jitsu techniques. Our instructors constantly stress the value of when to use their skills (for self-defense, or in competition only.) The hidden exposure to direction following, humility & many other life lessons are a bonus. We enlighten everyone with many problem-solving skills, multi-tasking abilities along with cause & effect. Children who have high self-esteem have the confidence to stand up for themselves, and more apt to help others.
Those who participate in Jiu-Jitsu are proven to have better attention spans, which in turn means being a better student in school and better grades! They will learn gratitude, respect, loyalty, and the importance of keeping their bodies healthy and drug-free. Every child learns to follow directions, work as a team, and participate in class activities. Kids are ranked in a belt system (white, yellow, orange, green, and blue) and within these belts they will earn degrees (3 degrees per belt). The belt system teaches your child about setting long-term goals (becoming a black belt) and short-term goals, such as being able to execute a new technique they learned in class, or achieving their next degree or belt.
This program will teach your child practical self-defense skills for life threatening situations, and it will teach them how to think fast on their feet, improvise and avoid trouble. Instructors will teach the students when to use their newfound jiu-jitsu techniques, and not to be a bully.
I always enjoy training at Phil Cardella's school when I visit northern Florida. The atmosphere is personal and friendly, Phil's lessons are detailed and insightful, and I always leave happy to have visited, excited to return.
Visiting St Augustine from New Jersey. Had a great time training with Phil and my fellow students. Phil made me feel right at home, and his instruction is top notch. I highly recommend it!
Such a good group of folks & Phil is teaching game and skill and building community - love this place.