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Jiu-Jitsu kids classes

Art of Movement Bristol offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for kids in Bristol. We are an independent school with a family feel located in Bristol BS5 (Barton Hill).

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We deliver a 1h class for kids every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:00 PM.

Our kids classes are open to all levels, including beginners for kids aged 7+ years old.

A usual class will be structured the following way :

  • Warm up with BJJ drills

  • Breakdown of techniques, practise with a partner

  • Rolling at the end of class.

BJJ near me

Our classes are delivered in central Bristol, near the Lawrence Hill train station. There is easy off-street parking around the club and our main entrance is via the double red doors on Church street

Why should my child learn Brazilian Jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has many benefits for kids and adults:


  • Build self-confidence: Brazilian jiu-jitsu is particularly beneficial for kids to build self-confidence. BJJ requires strategic thinking and problem-solving on the mat. Children learn to assess situations and react quickly. This problem-solving skill can translate to increase confidence when facing challenges outside their training environment. Kids will also learn to persevere and develop resilience to overcome obstacles. BJJ teaches children how to control and resolve conflicts without resorting to aggression.

  • Learn self-defence: BJJ places a strong emphasis on technique and leverage rather than relying on sheer strength. BJJ specializes in ground fighting and submissions, teaching children how to defend themselves if a confrontation goes to the ground. This is crucial, as many altercations end up in grappling situations. BJJ teaches not only how to defend against attacks but also how to escape from dangerous situations.

  • Build social skills: Although Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not your traditional team sport, it requires essential communication and cooperation between partners on the mat.  Kids need to drill movements and techniques together and will be sparring. The earlier you teach children to communicate with each other, the faster they will learn this transferrable skill outside the mats. 

  • Learn to care for your training partner: BJJ emphasizes respect for training partners and opponents. This respect extends to everyday interactions, helping children navigate social situations and conflicts with a measured and respectful approach. BJJ instils discipline and control in children, teaching them to manage their emotions and respond to threats with a clear mind.

  • Get away from screen time: I don't think I need to explain!

How do I book my first class?

You will be able to book you first class via our booking page.  
Please make sure you arrive 10 mins in advance so we can start the class on time.

What should my child wear on his first class?

If we have a Gi (kimono) ready we will provide one for your child. If not, please make sure your child arrive in sports clothes (legging, jogger) and a t-shirt. No skirts, dresses or jeans.

We will look after the rest!

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