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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Teaching Noah

A few friends of mine came over to the barn tonight to grapple and Noah, my son, was begging to come out with us. I decided to give it a shot. We did some basic warm-ups, drilled and arm-bar from mount and Noah "grappled" with me and with my friend Phil. In all, he was out there for about thirty minutes.

He absolutely LOVED it.

I will say, though, it is hard to explain how to do BJJ moves to a five year old. We had to get really creative. Like, when we were trying to teach him how to hip out, I had to make him pretend like something was chasing him at his feet in order for him to learn to use his feet to push his body backwards. He never quite got the real motion of the hip out in drilling, but he did do it randomly when he was grappling with me.

It was really fun. And hilarious. I have a video of Phil trying to teach Noah how to do jumping jacks. Pretty much the entire class went like this. It was awesome. And yes, he is wearing a ninja costume with a whitebelt on it. He doesn't have a gi, but he really wanted to wear something "like mommy's". This was the closest thing we had. lol



He did end up getting it eventually. And he was so excited. It made me happy. :)

9 comments:

Family Mat-ters said...

So cute. You can see how he's really thinking about it and trying.

G-Stamp said...

A couple five year olds trained at the University of Jiu Jitsu when I was there this summer. Really cute, but a bit of a challenge to keep their attention. That said, UNIJJ kids classes are structured almost exactly like adult classes so it was quite amazing what they were able to do. Hope Noah continues to have fun with it!

The Part Time Grappler said...

Very cute and so heart warming!!

Fun is the number one thing to keep in mind

Anonymous said...

just a tip but the gracie bjj dvd's for kids are awesome they just make games out all the positions and make alot easier for kids to catch on. so by the time you can teach them they have all the fundamentals of every position learned

Georgette said...

Allie-- didn't Rener contact you regarding going a review of Bullyproof? I asked him to...

Georgette said...

*doing

reginadabean said...

awwwwww he's sooooo cuuuuuuuttteeeee :)

A.D. McClish said...

Thanks you guys!! :)
@ Anonymous: Thanks! :)
@ Georgette: Thanks for the reference! But no, he hasn't contacted me yet.

Dev said...

Allie,

Even if he doesn't get in touch with you, GO BUY BULLYPROOF. It's an awesome set, and it's all conceptual, built around games, not techniques. It's IDEAL.

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