311 Washington Avenue Providence, RI 02905
The safety of your child is the most important factor for your child training Jiu-Jitsu. Therefore, all necessary measures are taken to ensure your child's safety. Ground rules are established with each student upon taking classes, as well as integrated into the structure of each class. Direction is given to children on how, when and where use of their Jiu-Jitsu skills is appropriate. Your child will be supervised closely by our trained professionals while participating in our classes.
At InnerStrengths we realize the value of your child's well being is equally as important as their safety, that is why we strive to bring out your child's wonderful attributes.
InnerStrengths has the knowledge and understanding that children develop at different intervals. Rather than having your child attempt something and fail, we provide opportunities for your child to succeed continually. This is done by accepting your child as an individual and targeting where they are developmentally. The focus is on your child’s strengths as opposed to their weaknesses. Our teaching methods provide an opportunity for your children to grow and gain more confidence. With encouragement and support, they can overcome their obstacles and challenges.
Your child will work on problem solving skills, positive thinking with an emphasis on character building, respect and teamwork. These skills will not only aid your child to succeed in Jiu-Jitsu but, they will also assist in forming positive habits for all aspects needed in life.
What are the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for Children?
Jiu-Jitsu will help your child improve their confidence, self-esteem, learn simple effective self-defense techniques for personal safety and against a bully. Your child will also have an increased awareness of who they are, build strength, improve overall fitness, balance and coordination while learning Jiu-Jitsu and having fun.
Children who have difficulty focusing and paying attention will stimulate the impulse control part of the brain by doing Jiu-Jitsu. Many children experience impulsivity. Although typically this part of the brain is not fully developed until the early to mid twenties, participating in activities that require such discipline and self-control such as Jiu-Jitsu foster the development of one’s ability to think before reacting.
InnerStrengths has developed a curriculum for a positive progression of ranking for your child. There is a move of the month that is practiced each class. From that move there is a sequence of positions and submissions added on to the initial move. Within a period of three months your child has been taught a series of techniques that coincide with the “base” move. At the end of the three months, your child joins us in a ranking ceremony where they earn either a new stripe on their belt or move on to the next color belt. Your child gets to demonstrate their acquired skill during this ceremony with their coaches, amongst their peers and anyone they wish to invite. Each student is also awarded a certificate for their accomplishment. Pictures and videos are available.
"One hundred years from now, it won't matter what car I drive, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like, but the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child."
"Within my power"
by Forest Witcraft
All parents are welcome and invited to spend time with their child on the mat, whether participating in a full class or having their child demonstrate techniques. Even though this is not a requirement, it is a great opportunity for you to experience how hard your child is working. More importantly, when you have an invested interest in your child’s training, it supports their passion for Jiu-Jitsu making it the most valuable aspect of their success.
The biggest determining factor of your child's success in any school/learning environment is parent involvement. The connection made between parent/child and instructor is important. It shows your child you care and are interested in their education. If coming to the mat isn't for you, you are welcome to view the class your child is taking. We offer a viewing area as well as an area for you to sit and relax, read, or talk with the other parents.