Lil Monsters (4-7 yrs) – “Learning through play”
Children begin here at Snow MMA. This class is the entry point from which a foundation for success is laid. After graduating from this class, students are eligible to attend the Junior Samurai (Jiu-Jitsu), Ninja Boxing, or Avalanche Wrestling programs at Snow MMA.
This program consists primarily of 10 Jiu-Jitsu games that build a base for each student to have a solid technical ability and know-how with which to construct their life-long journey of sports, martial arts, and physical activity.
Our Lil Monsters program is an innovative approach to teaching martial arts. It is designed in a way to allow kids to fall in love with Jiu-Jitsu through the use of imaginative games, stories, enthusiasm, and energetic atmosphere. The teacher is an actor and plays different roles, such as a robber, giant, crocodile, crazy horse, etc. The kids “play” Jiu-Jitsu with the teacher in order to become accustomed to the movements and techniques without having to be overwhelmed by bigger, more aggressive kids right away. This is the perfect buffer class to help introduce children to the martial arts.
Positive affirmation is a key part of the curriculum, which includes a belt system of progression for each student based upon attendance, attitude, effort, consistency, improvement, and skill. Instilling discipline is crucial to building a solid foundation for an individual’s future success in life. The Little Monsters program incorporates many tools which help build consistency and diligence in our students.
We are excited to be teaching the “Gracie Games” of the legendary family that began with no rules (vale tudo) challenge matches in Brazil and would go on to create the UFC here in the States. This family is now famously known as the largest fighting family in martial arts history. They taught their children from a very young age using 10 basic “games” which involve stories and scenarios where the child is able to “play” jiu-jitsu against the “actor,” who is responsible for helping the child develop all of the correct reactions and positioning common to a real-life situation.
*Requirements: a white belt is required for this class, which is provided after the enrollment fee is paid.