Unlocking the Secrets of Teaching Jiu-Jitsu to Kids
The GBK Program - Tailored for Kids
Stages of Development
The GB Institute team dove deep into our community and found experts that could help instructors to understand kids better. Understanding the stages of child development is the foundation of teaching Jiu-Jitsu to kids. Let's break down the key stages and how they impact your teaching approach:
1. Preschool Age (3-4 years) - Tiny Champions
2. Early Elementary Stage (5-6 years) - Little Champions I
3. Middle Elementary Stage (7-9 years) - Little Champions II
4. Late Elementary Stage (Ages 10-12) - Juniors
5. Preadolescence and Adolescence (Ages 13-15) - Teens
Understanding the Definitions
- Milestones: These are specific skills or abilities that individuals typically acquire at certain ages or stages of development. They serve as markers for tracking progress.
- Cognitive development: This involves the growth of intellectual abilities, including thinking, problem-solving, memory, and language development.
- Language development: It encompasses the acquisition and progression of language skills, both receptive (understanding) and expressive (communication).
- Physical development: This refers to the growth of the body and its parts, including muscle and motor development.
- Social Development: This is the acquisition of social skills, relationships with peers, and understanding of social norms and roles.
- Emotional Development: It involves the development of emotional awareness, regulation, and expression.
Learning from the Experts
Lena Kazaryan, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), shared insights into creating a positive learning environment and understanding different teaching models and their applications. There is the “I Do” model where the instructor demonstrates, which GB does well and with every class according to the GB Method. Then, an instructor releases the students for the “You Do” model, where the students try the technique themselves, with the instructor walking around and giving feedback. Lena then describes the “We Do” model, which we do not typically use in a class but can benefit students who need extra support. This teaching model allows instructors to connect with struggling students as they learn a skill, an invaluable tool for junior or assistant instructors.
Amanda Grummon, a GB Black Belt and BCBA focuses her work on behavior management. She emphasizes that behaviors aren't inherently good or bad but can be challenging based on when they occur. Amanda provides strategies to address challenging behaviors in students effectively. One of which was to get a better understanding of the function of the behavior to understand why a student behaves in that way.
If you are an instructor and want to learn more about how to teach to kids, then check out the ICP 2024. We have a wealth of resources that will help you develop that skill set.
Bringing It All Together
Remember, teaching Jiu-Jitsu to kids is not just about techniques; it's about understanding the unique journey of each child and guiding them on their path to empowerment and success.
So, whether you're already a parent, student, or instructor, or considering taking on this rewarding role, equip yourself with the knowledge and insights shared in this blog. Your journey to inspire and empower the next generation of Jiu-Jitsu practitioners starts here.