Kids Classes

Kids Classes

Since our first class in 2010, our kids self defence program has gone from strength to strength. We are proud to have the largest, and the first grappling based, self defence program for children on the South Coast.
Our classes will teach your child how to defend themselves using body mechanics, leverage and technique. They will also build confidence and develop important motor skills, as well as fitness, flexibility and core strength.
The sessions are run in two age groups 4-7 years and 8-11 years. Then from the age of 14 they have the opportunity to participate in our adults program. The kids classes are run by founder, owner and resident black belt Yousuf Nabi, and Elements kids coach Younis Nabi. Both have a wealth of experience teaching children. Their primary concern is the safety and development of your child.
Girls are welcome to train too!! Not only in the childrens class, but from the age 12 they can join our womens only class (and also the adults class). This would be assessed on a case by case basis.

'All our instructors and assistant instructors are fully insured and DBS checked.

What to expect

Our aim is to offer a positive, nurturing environment where everybody feels comfortable. It needs to be fun, but at the same time structured to ensure that the children are progress and learning.

Parents are encouraged to stay and watch the class. It is our club policy that parents stay for the duration of the younger children's' class, however this is not necessary for the older children.

We will always ensure that you and your child receive a warm welcome. We appreciate that when a child steps into a new environment, they may feel shy and nervous. Don’t worry!! Many of the children who train with us have felt this way at first.

Class layout

4-7 years

For the younger kids, we set out to make the class more engaging and fun, so they do not lose interest. We start with a warm up, usually around 10 minutes.

Next the techniques. For each class we have a set number of techniques that the children will methodically work through with the instructors.

Finally we play games. These can be grappling specific, but will usually end with a game of dodge ball or stick in the mud!

8-11 years

Again we start with a warm up. A little longer than for the younger kids. So around 10-15 minutes.

We then move on to our techniques section. Here the children will be shown one or more techniques. They will then practice the technique multiple times with a partner.

The next stage of the class is “rolling”, where they will be sparring with each other. This is a very important in terms of development, as it teaches a child how to react against a resisting opponent. The instructors are present and coaching throughout the sparring. Providing support and ensuring that every child is safe, and has the respect of their sparring partner.

During the last part of the class we play a game that all the kids love such as dodge ball, stuck in the mud, sticky octopus etc.

Teens class 12-15 years

This class is run similar to an adults class

Warm up



Is my child ready for martial arts?

The only way to answer this is to bring them down and see for yourself!

Most children are nervous when they come into a new environment but our friendly atmosphere will help to make them feel more comfortable pretty quickly.

Because want every child to develop and progress, we assess each child to see if they are able to engage with the class instructor and their surroundings. It is very important that all the time and effort is not un-balanced towards just one child. It maybe that we would suggest a different option for them or perhaps wait until the child is ready to partake in a group activity.

What do I wear/bring to class?

We do have some spare BJJ Gi’s for you to borrow, and a Judo Gi (Kimono) will do perfectly well if you have one. Karate or TKD uniforms may rip as they are not strong enough to withstand the pulling and gripping. Otherwise shorts/tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt will suffice for your first few lessons, but again be aware that they may become ripped or stretched. Please ensure clothing doesn’t have zips or buttons, or anything else that could damage the mats or injure your training partners! For the same reason, any jewellery, watches and piercings should also be removed.

Please note that no shoes of any kind are allowed on the mats. All training is done barefoot, Flip Flops are provided for walking anywhere in the facility away from the matted area. If you have an ongoing medical condition please speak to one of the instructors prior to training.

It is always a good idea to bring some water to drink with you, although we do have a filtered water drinking station for students to use. You will definitely break a sweat so you may want to bring a towel with you too.


When joining Elements, all students sign a Waiver of Liability form & fill in a Medical Questionnaire before commencing their training. We have an insurance policy through the United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) that provides us with public & products liability cover. However, every student needs to have their own insurance, and can be obtained by joining the UKBJJA at a cost of £10.00 per year for your own personal liability cover. The UKBJJA is a non-profit organization, and any surplus funds are reserved for investment for development of the sport

If you have any other queries do not hesitate to contact us via phone or email.

Gym Etiquette

  • Always show respect to your instructors, training partners, and fellow human beings. Respect in training means: do not seek to harm fellow students physically (e.g., by cranking a submission harder than necessary to make them tap) or emotionally (i.e., by calling them names or making jokes about hurting them).
  • Be a good training partner. Don’t be a limp fish when drilling with your partner. On the flip side, don’t resist every movement your partner makes when doing a technique. This time is for you to figure out the basic movement and remember it. If you have feedback, use your voice, not your muscles. Your partner will thank you, and will be more likely to return the favour.
  • Don't be afraid to "tap out". This means that if you are in a hold and you want your partner to let go, tap your hand loudly on the mat or on your partner. If you are caught in a submission, you should tap when trapped, not when pain starts to appear, or when you are fairly certain something is about to break. Be honest with your partners and don’t tap when a submission isn’t locked in yet, but once it’s locked in, do your duty as a good partner and tap!
  • You must never continue with the hold when your partner taps, when your partner taps you let go. Always be aware of the level of contact that you are using, don't try to hurt your partner. When you roll, roll with respect first, intensity second. Remember that you are responsible in part for your own safety and for the safety of your training partner. If your partner is not willing to tap to a joint lock, for example, there is nothing to be gained by hurting them.
  • If the instructor has not changed the task, then continue doing the task he or she has given (i.e., don’t sit around talking because you feel you have done a technique enough times). You can NEVER do a technique too many times
  • Do not talk while the instructor is talking. It distracts those who are trying to learn and is disrespectful to the teacher, as well as other students. Stand, sit with your legs crossed, or kneel during class. Avoid lounging as studies show that people learn more effectively when seated in upright postures, and when the instructor calls "stop" you must stop what you are doing IMMEDIATELY.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene and keep finger and toe nails short and clean to prevent injury to yourself and others. Bring a clean, dry gi to each class. Also, always keep a rash guard or T-shirt in your gym bag for no-gi classes.
  • Keep shoes off the mat, so that we can keep the mats clean and sanitary. Do not walk outside with bare feet. If you have to go outside, wear sandals or shoes. This is especially important to prevent the spread of skin conditions such as ringworm. Do not leave the mat during class without the instructor’s permission.
  • Do not shout loudly or use profanity in the dojo. This should go without saying.
  • Please wear your gi, a T-shirt, or rashguard whilst in public areas of the gym, refrain from going topless!
  • Please recycle empty water bottles in the box provided, and take out any rubbish when you leave the gym or use the waste bins provided.

As and addition for the kids classes, please insure that your child has visited the toilet facilities before the class begins.


Please make sure your fingernails and toenails are short and clean, and any long hair is tied back. Any training equipment and clothing should be clean and in good state of repair, and washed after EVERY single training session..

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