Kids BJJ Curriculum

Children’s BJJ Curriculum at Borehamwood Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club

The kids program here at Borehamwood BJJ Club differs from the way we teach adults. The techniques remain more or less the same however we offer a more structured curriculum for the younger students.  The program also includes specific self defence techniques.

Students are awarded stripes based on attendance. Upon completion of the required minimum number of attendances, they are eligible (at the discretion of the instructor) to be tested for their next belt level.

White belt (0 to 4 stripes)
At white belt you will learn the important basic positions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You will also learn to fall safely so that you can be thrown by your partner. There will be lots of other new things to learn but keep practising and you will soon be good at them. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a fun martial art but you must train with care. All white belts must learn our club rules and etiquette at the back of this book.

Standing techniques

Breaking grips on the gi,
Escaping from wrist grabs,
Defence to being pushed and pulled,
Escape from a rear bear hug over arms,
Escape from hair grab or collar from behind.
O Soto Gari – major outer reap throw
O Goshi – hip throw
Double leg takedown

Basic ground movements
Forward shrimping,
Backward shrimping,
Breakfalling: side,
Breakfalling: back,
Breakfalling: front,
Breakfalling: forward rolling,
Breakfalling: backward rolling.

Positional Understanding
How to control top mount.
How to control side mount.
How to control from the back.
How to use bottom closed guard.
How to posture inside closed guard.
Move from side to top mount.
Opening the guard, move to mount.

Defence & Escape
Hip escape from bottom mount.
Trap and roll escape from bottom mount.
Escape from under side mount to closed
Escape from back control.
Breaking open closed guard (2).
Holding turtle position.

Submission & Attack
Scissor sweep from closed guard.
Hip bump sweep from closed guard.
Armbar from top mount.
Americana from top mount.
Double ankle sweep on standing person.
Turning over opponent who is in turtle.

Students are expected to show an understanding
and application of techniques during sparring.
At white belt, students spar for positional control
and dominance. Submissions are rarely allowed.
Students must understand the ‘tap’ rule.

Belt test
Students become eligible for the grey and white belt
when they have attended the minimum requirement
of classes and passed a test set by the instructor.


Grey Belt System

Yellow Belt System


Orange belt and Green belt system
Currently at Borehamwood BJJ, students who reach orange belt will more than likely be old enough to join the adults class (13-14 years old). They will therefore follow the adult syllabus, albeit with special caution over techniques that are banned for under 16’s by the IBJJF system.

Beyond the junior belt system
There is no recognised grade of BJJ black belt for juniors. At the age of 16, junior students move on to adult belt system. In general, a student who has trained regularly for several years and is at least an orange belt, will be promoted to blue belt on the year of their 16th birthday. They are eligible to compete in juvenile blue belt categories, but not full adult divisions until they are 18.

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