UKBJJA Certified Instructor Warren Berry teaches BJJ classes in school

September 27, 2013 in News

Last week the first UKBJJA certified instructor Warren Berry started teaching BJJ to school children who had been struggling academically and socially. All the hard work is down to Warren but we are really proud to have helped in some small way to get this project off the ground, which is using BJJ to make a difference to the lives of these young people.

Here are a few words from Warren about how the project is going:

“I’ve done four classes so far, with groups ranging from 3 – 6. So far all classes have been really positive. It’s a good learning curve for me as well, due to the nature and age of the students. Lots of games, basic subs covered so far with a few practical drills to whet their appetite. I’ve been asked to do classes for another maximum group of 20 children at the school alternative curriculum project. They are currently at risk of permanent exclusion.

In terms of progression of students. Observable attendance and behaviour improvements in class. I have had one female student who watched the first two classes. I can tell she’s interested, just very shy….Today, I used a balancing ball to get her on the mat to play some fun  balancing games / drills with the other female students. She stayed on the mat and watched. A huge step for her. Next time, hopefully she’ll try some of the class. Students who had tested relationships with each other are embracing on the mat and helping each other enjoy their BJJ. This is a joy to see.”

BJJ in Universities

September 26, 2013 in News

In response to requests from members of the BJJ community about forming university BJJ clubs, and in support of some excellent projects that already exist, the UKBJJA will be leading a campaign to co-ordinate these university clubs in the hope that we can get BUCS (British University and College Sports) to recognise BJJ as a national competitive sport. This would give university BJJ clubs access to funding and support, and would be a significant step forward.

We will also be setting up a bank of resources and template documents for members to access to help them set up clubs in the future.

If you run a BJJ club at a university then let us know about it.

Instructor Training

September 25, 2013 in News

We will very soon be holding a training and coaching day for BJJ instructors. This is open to all instructors and would-be instructors from member clubs.

This will hopefully involve a session from Sportscoach UK on working with children and young people, a BJJ specific first aid course, and a general meeting about coaching and teaching in BJJ where we can share expertise.

If you are a member club and interested, message us. If you would like to become a member, please contact us.

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