Kids Judo Classes

Our philosophy with students this young is that any activity must be fun and interesting for the child or they won’t absorb the activity. We must also get the students set down the path of learning Judo in a way that is safe and the least frustrating for all. So the kids get used to listening to the instructors and following along with the class. Also kids are taught skill-sets in small pieces with games built around them so that the kids absorb the skills quickly and permanently. We have two big rules we try to get across to the kids: “Try your best”…especially on things you’re not good at-it’s the only way you’ll get better at them & “Have fun”. With these ideas in mind we hope to see all kids set down the proper path to learn Judo and have fun practicing it for the rest of their lives.

  • FOCUS – Learning to use their eyes, ears and body in order to watch then demonstrate the techniques they learn
  • TEAMWORK – Working together in small teams or with partners they must learn to cooperate with everyone
  • CONTROL – In addition to controlling the use of their own bodies and movements Judo teaches control of others
  • MEMORY – Demonstrating the steps required to perform a technique as well as the Japanese terminology
  • AGILITY – The final integration of dynamic balance with gross and fine motor skill development
  • BALANCE – Executing the throwing the grappling techniques while maintaining ones balance is key
  • COORDINATION – Performing the various techniques stationary and later moving with a partner
  • DISCIPLINE – Demonstrating how to properly sit, kneel and stand at attention without moving or talking
  • FITNESS – A combination of strength, flexibility, endurance and overall good feeling
  • DEXTERITY – Demonstrating the three stage of throwing techniques from memory.
  • REACTION – Demonstrating basic blocking and countering techniques
  • VERSATILITY – Performing combinations by linking various techniques together.
  • MOMENTUM – Demonstrating the three types of throwing and grappling techniques.
  • INSTINCT – Performing the first sparring combination on various partners.
  • STRENGTH – Holding each static leg, arm, abdominal, and core exercise.
  • VISION – Reciting the definition and meaning behind courage.

Not all Martial Arts Are Equal

Here’s a few reasons why we believe Judo is the best Martial Arts for Kids

  • Judo does not involve striking paper thin boards

  • Judo does not have boring forms and katas for kids

  • Judo does not have 12 year old black belts

  • Judo Throws are more effective than Single Leg Take-downs

  • Wrestling doesn’t teach how to work from your back

  • Wrestling isn’t an effective self-defense

  • Wrestling doesn’t  teach any submissive techniques

  • Judo pins are more effective than wrestling pins

 

  • Judo is Safer; Armbars are not safe for children’s developing  joints

  • Chokes are not safe for young children’s necks

  • BJJ is primarily on the ground, Judo offers takedowns and groundwork

  • BJJ does not help fully develop agility, balance or coordination like Judo

  • BJJ is not an Olympic Sport, Judo offers limitless competition opportunities

  • Karate does not teach how to fight or defend oneself

  • Karate has not real world benefit or application

  • Breaking bricks, wood or concrete will only hurt you

  • Karate won’t help once a Judo student grabs you.

Kung Fu only works in the Movies! And apparently only for overweight Pandas…… and Cats

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Our Approach to Teaching Judo

At Wall 2 Wall Martial Arts we teach children as young as 4 years old.

Ages 4-9 - Pee Wee Class - Starting out and having fun in Judo

For students that are 4 to 9 years of age, the class focuses primarily on developing the most fundamental skills that  young students require to effectively learn Judo. This is a fun-filled class designed to teach the kids through games and quick-changing drills.

Examples of fundamental skills learned are: basic coordination, balance, hand-eye and foot-eye coordination and spatial awareness.

Basic hold-downs, falling, and throwing techniques are taught in this class. This class includes a few rounds of sparring on the ground for hold-downs.

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Progression to Teenager / Young Adult Classes

For students who are just starting Judo but would like to compete eventually, the junior’s class is the place to start.  Once they have learned the basics, they may progress over to other junior classes with instructor permission.

This class is focused on teaching Judo skills as well as teaching the competitive techniques and strategies that will help students prepare for tournaments.  This class includes rounds of various types of sparring to better allow students to learn to work their skills in live scenarios.  It is NOT mandatory that all students in this class compete in outside tournaments, however, it is strongly encouraged.

Students in the Advanced Juniors class can remain in this class and compete at all levels…from local tournaments to national championships.  Once they reach 12 years old and/or 100 pounds, the will be considered for transfer to into the adult program.

The Adult program includes choking techniques in its curriculum which is a group of techniques allowed for tournament-play for ages 13 years and older.  Therefore, students who turn 13 must move up to the Adults program.

Students moving from the Juniors program into the Adults will normally move into the Adult Competitor class.  Students who are not competition-oriented or have only been in the Juniors classes a short while should move into the Adult Technical class.

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Recently, my daughter wandered too far away from my husband at the grocery store and got a little scared when she couldn’t find him. (He was right behind her but she was unaware for a few minutes). I took her re-telling of that experience as an opportunity to discuss some of the very real dangers to her in the world and what her options are if ever faced with them. As a CrossFit Kids coach I’ve learned that one of the biggest lessons and strengths we can impart to our kids is that they have both power and choice–two things that are NOT regular parts of their days (parents, teachers, bus drivers, babysitters, grandmas–everyone tells them what to do, when to do it. Why would we expect them to know that they can fight when in danger?). As we went over her options from eye-poking and hair pulling to bodily harm, she said, “Mom, I could just tiatoshi them!” She’s five, and already worlds ahead of many of her peers in that she has her own ideas about how to fight. THANK YOU Wall 2 Wall for respecting and empowering the children who come through your doors! That’s one safety conversation this mom is satisfied with! And although it’s not what we were after when we joined–we just wanted some sport and exercise–it’s one of the gains our family will treasure most

Suzanne

TEACHING KIDS HOW TO SET GOALS FOR JUDO AND FOR LIFE

 While there are many benefits available from youth sports, such as fun and fitness, youth sports have their greatest long-term rewards by serving as a framework for teaching youth life lessons.  What lessons can be more important for an aspiring athlete than the lessons of how to set, pursue and achieve goals and how to react when you fall short?

 

Because those lessons are so important, and because goal-setting is so naturally built into competition, as coaches and instructors we help our students to set the right goals, pursue them in the right way.  Everyone wants to win, and that is certainly an important goal for many coaches, but it should not be the only goal. We embrace the idea that our students have two goals: winning on the mat and winning off-the-mat by learning life lessons from Judo.