Not all of the kids' class time is strictly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique, there are a lot of activities that are great exercise (and quite often fun), but still helpful in building self defense skills and confidence.
Kids may start class at age 5. Teens may move up to the adult's class when both they and the instructor feel it is appropriate.
Belts are funny things. We feel the techniques learned and the skill of their use are the most important aspects of training. However, people often need an external indicator of their progress. We try not to let having a certain color of belt be the focus of anyone's training.
That being said, here is the layout of the belt system. The system for kids is slightly different from that of the adults.
The belts are White, Grey, Yellow, Orange, Green; 4 stripes at each level, fifth strip progresses to the next belt. We don't have a formal testing process, students are promoted based on their individual progress.
A Green belt student moving up to the adult class would be promoted to Jr Blue belt.
To Gi or Not to Gi?
We have two styles of Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, one is the gi class, where you are trained to utilize the gi uniform in your offense and defense. The other is the no-gi class, which involves more advanced techniques, once you've gotten a little experience in Jiu Jitsu.
Each week will typically have some sort of theme that the techniques will be centered around. Classes will start with a warmup then progress into the instruction portion. Several techniques will be taught and practiced at a slow pace. At the end of class, students may stick around for the "rolling" portion of the class, where students can pair up and practice at a higher level of effort.
We all act respectfully and try not to injure each other.
Some students train with the intent of participating in competitions, while others do not. If you do decide to compete, you'll be well supported.
The belts are White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black; 4 stripes at each level, fifth strip progresses to the next belt. We don't have a formal testing process, students are promoted based on their individual progress assessed by the instructor.
Head Black Belt
Shawn has trained for 20 years and has been an instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for both children and adult classes for more than 14 years.
Shawn strives to build a stronger community one individual at a time. He believes in humility as an instructor and his purpose is to help everyone become instructors of their own lives.
He is a member of the IBJJF. He has competed and medaled in several Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments in Southern California. He is the owner of Havoc Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2016. Shawn's superpower is teaching kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and patience.
Michael is from Broken Arrow and has 10 years of experience in BJJ, Muay Thai, and MMA.
His favorite submission is the kneebar.
Michael has been teaching kids for 2 years, and now he is our skilled instructor for the Adults' No-Gi class.
He loves Jiu Jitsu, but also enjoys travelling, hiking, and building things with his hands.
Madison Jones started her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey 8 years ago in Eugene, Oregon in a Women’s Self-Defense class at the University of Oregon. She was blown away by what she learned in this class and immediately pursued Jiu-Jitsu at Northwest Martial Arts Academy and began assisting the self-defense class the very next term.
Not long after starting at NWMA she began teaching the children’s classes while continuing teaching self-defense at U of O. She’s also taught countless women’s self-defense seminars for the women in her community and helped pioneer and continue a women’s class at her home gym.
She is now a seasoned and technical purple belt with 8 years of coaching experience. She’s recently moved to Owasso, OK and is excited to continue to share her technical knowledge and passion for Jiu-Jitsu in our Women’s Class
I think Shawn is in his element when teaching the kids class. You can see how much he cares. I am often jealous of how much fun the kids seem to have in their class. I drive from Wagoner to attend the adults' class.