Monthly Archives: January 2013
Monthly Archives: January 2013
Parents and children you have certainly noticed the recent schedule changes at the academy. We would like to take a moment to go through some of the improvements to existing programs as well as highlight the new schedule additions. Be sure to note the added classes and extended hours are all included in your child’s current membership!
Parents and Children, the best part about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at Scranton MMA is the children are able to learn real world self-defense while “playing” Jiu-Jitsu. These games allow the child master the movements necessary to learn a series of more advanced techniques that they could use to defend themselves against bullies at school. The confidence developed by learning these techniques gives them the ability to prevent fights by standing up to bullies.
The BULLYSHIELD™ program will allow your child to play the same games, learn the same techniques, and develop the same confidence that we as instructors have obtained. In addition, you will have the opportunity to earn official Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt promotions!
The Belt System
Until they are 16 years old, a child remains in the kids’ belt system (grey-white belt, grey belt, yellow-white belt, yellow belt, orange-white belt, orange belt, green-white belt, green belt). At that time, regardless of the belt level, they will graduate to the adult belt system (blue belt, purple belt, brown belt, and black belt). In order to ensure that they are ready to test for blue belt as soon as they turn 16, we recommend that they begin working exclusively on the Gracie Essentials® adult techniques as soon as they turn 13 years old. Upon earning their blue belt, they will move on to the Advanced Cycle® program in which they will learn the 600+ techniques required for promotion to purple belt, brown belt, and, eventually, black belt!
Using The Journal
Use your journal to track each class your child attends. Your child will then be eligible to be rewarded with one stripe on their belt every time they complete 20 classes*. Each time they earn a stripe the date is recorded in the designated box. Once the child has earned all four stripes on their current belt they qualify to test for the next rank. *Please note that a minimum time period of three months is required between stripe promotions. Although it is entirely possible for a child to complete 20 lessons in less than three months’ time this minimum time requirement must be observed.
Enjoy The Experience
The journey will be long, and the techniques will be many, but, if they don’t give up, we promise they will make it to the top and we will be with them every technique of the way!
There are 7 billion people in the world; most good and some bad. Of the bad people, some steal money, some steal cars, and some steal kids. Take a moment to sit down with your child and create a CODEWORD. This is a secret between you and your child and should never be shared with anyone unless you have given that person permission to approach your child and take them home because of an emergency. Take a moment to watch the video below that explains operation CODEWORD in a bit more detail.
**** We took this video down while we are updating our anti bullying content *** Please check our main page and blog for more up to date info
Bully Free Scranton is an anti-bullying community spearheaded by the BullyShield instructors of Scranton MMA. The mission of Bully Free Scranton is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for every child regardless of age, race, religion, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation through a grassroots movement built on the foundations of education and awareness. If you are a student, a teacher or a parent, we have resources and tools to help you put an end to bullying in your school and community. Start now by liking the Bully Free Scranton Facebook page! Together, as a community, we can tap out bullying!