Posted By: Rob-Kassy
Posted On: 10 Jan, 2020

Jiu Jitsu Classes for Kids in Hampton Roads, VA

Breakaway Jiu Jitsu in Hampton Roads offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) classes for kids.

Seven reasons kids should learn BJJ:

Focus and discipline

Focus and discipline are muscles that need to be trained. BJJ trains these muscles by learning detailed and complicated techniques.

Body awareness

BJJ develops fine motor skills, balance, coordination, and neuromuscular connections.


Meeting new friends and sharing common experiences in a fun class setting is a great way to learn how to communicate with kids of all ages as well as adults and authority figures.


BJJ is a technique to overcome an opponent, not just break inanimate objects, such as boards. Kids (and adults) will be more confident in their ability to defend themselves and feel more secure.


What would be better than losing weight and having more energy and stamina? Having fun while doing it.  Students don’t need to be athletes to begin classes.  Everyone learns and advances at their own pace.

Goal Setting and Completion

Continual improvement, competition, and earning that next belt boosts motivation, enthuses goal setting, and encourages everyone to work just a little bit harder.


BJJ is a real means of self-defense.

In the United States, 25% to 33% of students say they have been bullied.  Verbal and social bullying are the most common types however, they can also lead to physical altercations.  Although bystanders can oftentimes help in such situations, there isn’t always someone close by that can assist.

Jiu Jitsu classes for kids in Hampton Roads is available at Breakaway Jiu Jitsu in Newport News, VA.  You can go online and check the schedule of classes for kids as young as 8 years old.  There are a few considerations when deciding if your child is ready:

Classes are typically 45 minutes to an hour-long. The child should be able to finish an entire class without having to stop for a bathroom break.

Shyness can be a problem if the child will not participate at all. Overall though, learning martial arts can help with shyness.

The child needs to be able to verbally communicate their needs and desires with the instructors.

The child needs to be prepared for some physical contact and wrestling. Grappling will be introduced later, but there will still be some contact involved in learning the basics.

Martial arts have been shown to help children who deal with depression or the management of aggression.  BJJ is an effective outlet for children to channel aggression and excess energy.

Motor skills are not the only benefit of Jiu Jitsu. Kids need to learn how to win and lose gracefully. BJJ will give children a better way to face fears and life challenges and focuses on developing behavioral aspects, such as discipline, respect, self-control, and confidence.

A great way to find out if Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a good fit for your child is to sign them up for a class in Hampton Roads at our Newport News location.  Call us at 757-798-3380 or utilize our online contact form 24/7.