Children’s Martial Arts Classes
Baltimore Martial Arts has several children’s martial arts programs to choose from. Some of our kids train in just one discipline and others train in a several. We offer children’s martial arts classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do and Judo. All teach discipline and develop character which the martial arts is well known for. As a parent it might be confusing to decide which program is best for your child. This page will help explain the differences and similarities of each of our children’s martial arts classes in order to help you make the best decision for your child. Keep in mind that we have a FREE 30 Day Trial so that you have time to try all of our classes. Ultimately you and your child or children will decide upon what is best. Even if you change your mind later, you can always switch to another program. Baltimore Martial Arts is unsurpassed in customer service and martial arts professionalism.
All of our children’s martial arts classes are taught by distinguished professionals in their respective martial arts fields. Each instructor has their own style and personality that they bring to their classes which can only be understood by watching and/or attending a class in session. Each of our children’s martial arts programs, regardless of methodological differences (e.g. kicking, punching, wrestling, throwing etc.), teach discipline, respect, concentration, patience, self confidence and other important virtues of life. Martial Arts present a series of trials and tribulations that an individual must go through. Going through this process and achieving goals along the way instills confidence and develops a mind set that anything is possible. All of our children’s martial arts instructors at Baltimore Martial Arts & fitness understand this process and are there to help your child be the best that they can be. They are also available 24/7 to consult with you, the parents, as well as other mentors in your child’s life. Baltimore Martial Arts doesn’t just teach martial for self defense, we build character and teach life lessons that have an impact on our children’s lives that are forever lasting.
When choosing a martial art for your child, please consider what they will like most and be more likely to stick with over time. This is very important and not to be treated lightly. Many parents have in their mind what martial art style is best for their child. Either this is because they studied the same style or maybe they were given advice from a friend or saw something on television. If you push your child into doing something that they don’t like, in the end the child will quit. From experience, we have seen that parents will ultimately lose patience having to drag an unenthusiastic child to and from martial arts classes one to two times per week.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for children is a physical & tactile martial art that focuses on wrestling type maneuvers designed to subdue a bully or an opponent safely, either on the play ground or in a tournament. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we avoid being punched or kicked by taking our opponent’s to the ground via a throw or wrestler’s takedown. Once on the ground, an opponent who unfamiliar with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is helpless because they are restricted in their ability to move and the ground in a completely unfamiliar environment to them. This scenario has been proven to work in countless real life stories and televised adult no holds barred competitions.
Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is very popular. We have in excess of 150 junior BJJ students. Our children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is headed by the owner of the school, Sensei Gary Berger and his assistants Danyelle Berger & Peri Hardges. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a more modern art in comparison to other more traditional styles like Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Judo. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become a very sought after martial art style all over the world ever since it was featured on television in the mid 90’s. Master Berger has been teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to children since 1995, longer than any other known martial arts institution in Maryland.
Baltimore Martial Arts children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program has a competition team that travels and competes in numerous tournaments along the east coast. For years, out Junior BJJ competition team has won numerous individual and team championships. Competition isn’t for every child. We don’t force anyone to compete if they don’t want to. However for those children inclined to do so we offer this opportunity.
Judo is mostly known for its throwing techniques and is an official Olympic sport. Many people don’t know that Judo also has wrestling techniques, like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, however Judo typically places more emphasis on throwing versus wrestling. Judo is known as “The Gentle Way”. This is because Judo emphasizes technique, not strength. Baltimore Martial Arts has a long history teaching children Judo. In fact, Charles Peters, the head Sensei of Baltimore Judo Club (a division of Baltimore Martial Arts), has been teaching children Judo since 1990. Judo is an Olympic sport taught throughout the world. Judo is very standardized so chances are that if your child leaned Judo somewhere else and you want them to continue learning Judo, they can do so at our dojo (school).
Many of our Children take both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, This is because the two styles are more alike than different. The major difference between Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that Judo emphasizes throwing techniques and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes wrestling (ground) techniques. The competition rules are also a bit different.
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean style that specializes in striking. Like Judo, Tae Kwon Do is an Olympic sport. A Tae Kwon do practitioner spends a lot of time stretching, punching, kicking and doing forms. Forms are choreographed moves that a student practices by themselves. Forms develop muscular control, balance, conditioning and concentration. Master Gary Berger first learned Tae Kwon Do when he was 4 years old. The lessons he learned in Tae Kwon Do are carried with him and applied to many things that he does when teaching BJJ. Since Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu do not teach striking, several of our students are gravitated towards Tae Kwon Do for that reason. Power Rangers, Teenage Ninja Turtles and similar cartoons on television may help to contribute to this.
To learn more about our children’s martial arts programs and/or to schedule a free consultation and free class, please call us at 410-465-7799. A professional consultant will help answer your questions and schedule your first visit to our school. We look forward to meeting you.