Brazilian Jiujitsu in schools or colleges

Frequently the subject of BJJ being introduced to schools is raised as something that people would love to do but simply don’t know where to start.

While I don’t profess to be an expert within education or instruction of BJJ I am expertly passionate about the growth of our sport.

Therefore I am sharing with you advice I recently received for setting up weekly classes as part of a scheduled curriculum.

One size doesn’t fit all, whether you’re a teacher looking to add some interesting new classes for students or a BJJ club reaching out to a local school, talk about what you hope to achieve with your classes, shape the first few around this and go from there.

Schools and teachers please be aware there is likely to be a financial commitment required, we do all love this sport and want to see the next generation develop but by volunteering time we are sacrificing something, at the very least we need expenses covered, you will receive so much more than just the hour of the class, a lot of planning goes into coaching sessions and classes.

This is an introduction class, make it fun and memorable, there really shouldn’t be any pressure and of course the moves will need to be age appropriate.

Movement drills are a fun and valuable way to help people prepare to transition to full training.

You will need instructors insurance, a DBS check and it’s recommended you take a safeguarding course.

Finding a BJJ coach or instructor

Another attribute I have is that I am a serial networker! I am great at connecting people and my chatty nature means I meet and stay in touch with so many amazing people in BJJ. So if you are looking to introduce BJJ to your school and want to get connected to an instructor in your area please do get in touch.

Alternatively, there is a BJJ club finder here where you can find a local school and approach them yourself. If you have taken the above points into account you should be off to a good start.

BJJ after sixth form or college

When working with students of a sixth form age you don’t need to worry about them losing the ability to train and compete if they decide to go off to university. The UKBJJA has a university League, you can find out more details about that by visiting their site.