Kids Program

At Momentum BJJ, we offer classes for kids in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing.


How is the kids program different from the adult class?

Each and every student at Momentum BJJ is taught to the same high standards, and that includes our youngest members. That difference is that the kids program is designed to move at a pace that suits the way kids learn best while emphasizing their safety.

How does BJJ for kids compare to other martial arts?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from karate and tae-kwon in a number of key ways:

  • It's more compassionate. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling discipline that relies on leverage and control, which means that kids have a way to defend themselves that doesn't involve punching or kicking another child.

  • It's more effective. Striking can work well in many situations, but at some point a significant difference in size, strength, and agression is going to outweigh skill. Jiu-Jitsu is designed to work for anyone, regardless of size.

  • Promotions are merit-based. Many martial arts programs treat the belt system as an additional revenue stream. They promote kids quickly and charge for each new rank. In BJJ, promotions take time and are based real accomplishments. And to ensure they stay that way, we never charge for promotions. When your kid has earned a new rank, they will get it.

What age can my child start training?

We have classes for younger learners, ages 5-8, as well as classes for kids 9 and older.

Is BJJ a good way for kids to get exercise?

Absolutely. All classes include warm-up exercises, technique drills, rolling (controlled sparring) and some strenuous (but fun!) games at the end of class. Your kid will get a great workout while they learn.

Can BJJ help stop bullying?

With the passage of New Jersey's tough new anti-bullying law, there's a lot of attention being paid to this very unfortunate aspect of school life. And while the law itself represents an important step in addressing intimidation and violence, helping your kids stay safe and happy in school is still something you can take proactive steps to address.

  • If your child is feeling intimidated, one of the most useful tools you can provide them is self-defense training that really works. And that doesn't mean that they have to start getting into fights in order for it to help. Just knowing they have options can often help kids with the debilitating sense of victimization that comes from bullying.

  • If your child is bullying others, they are likely acting out of frustration and misplaced aggression. Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu takes kids' natural energy and channels it into something positive. They learn to respect others through shared effort and earned accomplishments. It's a positive, effective supplement to school anti-bullying measures.

Kids Boxing FAQs

Is the boxing program safe?

Our kids boxing classes are all non-contact to the head, with only light, controlled contact to the body. There is no sparring in the kids classes.

Will they be learning real boxing?

Yes, the kids are taught the same style of amateur sport boxing as is practiced in the Olympics. This is not a boxing exercise class.

Is boxing good to learn for self-defense?

While knowing how to box can certainly help in a fight, boxing is first and foremost a sport and will be taught that way in class. If you're interested in your child learning to protect themselves, we recommend jiu-jitsu, which is more geared toward self-defense.