Otley Health and Martial Arts Centre - Low/High Junior (6-13yrs)
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Low / High Juniors

 Tuesday & Thursday 

With Instructor Clare and assisted by Carl & Gary


In the Junior 1 class the emphasis is to have a little fun so the kids to have some down time before and after learning their techniques. We concentrate highly on tab work in this class to give them a good grounding for the higher grades to come and moving up to the Junior 2 class.

Their progress is measured using a tab system, when they have gained all their tabs they can be put forward to grade for the next belt. A full explanation of how we measure progress for all classes is given on a separate page. Click here to find out more.

In the Junior 2 class we concentrate more on broadening and deepening your child's knowledge of ju-jitsu. The tabs come at a slower rate with the understanding that all the work we do in this class is ultimately connected to tab work and personal progression. Students are reminded that high grades come through commitment and hard work. The expectation is, especially when reaching purple and above, that technique has to be of a very high standard which can only come with dedicated practice.

Ju-jitsu is particularly good at building confidence and developing motor skills such as co-ordination and balance. It can also be very challenging which makes it an excellent way of bringing children out of their comfort zone and attempt to learn a new set of skills. 

My work with the younger members of the club proves to be entertaining and rewarding. My teaching principles are to be firm but fair and always inject fun in to their learning experience. Many parents want to take me home to work my special magic for them.. but unfortunately my magic only works in the Dojo...

 Having a humanistic approach to teaching means I take my duty of care very seriously and I always encourage team spirit and fairness . My aim is to make the learning experience and environment healthy, inclusive and safe.

As a parent myself I am aware of how daunting it can be to leave your child with someone new and unknown but please be assured that I take my role as carer very seriously.  While I have firm discipline and principles I am conscious that some children need a little extra help to adjust to this strange environment we call a Dojo. As a parent you can help ease this process my putting your trust in me and allow me to introduce your child independently to the class.

  Ju-jitsu is a brilliant way for children to keep fit and healthy. Recommendations made by The World Health Organisation suggest that children need at least 1 hour of exercise a day to prevent conditions such as obesity, lethargy and boredom to mention a few.

Your childs interaction with others builds their social aptitudes as well as developing other necessary life skills such as working as a team, learning to work independently and most of all gives them a sense of independence and acceptance for who they are.  

Ju-jitsu is particularly good at building confidence and developing motor skills such as co-ordination and balance. It can also be very challenging which makes it an excellent way of bringing children out of their comfort zone and attempt to learn a new set of skills.

 To help us give your child the best chance of success please inform us if you know or think your child may have special needs such as Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia ect.  At the Otley Ju-jitsu Club we employ a buddy system where if your child needs extra help we can organise this using one of our older students for a small extra cost to you paid directly to your child’s “buddy”.

Please note, we are not special needs funded or trained; we will only be able to deal with their needs the best we can with our own life experiences and your help, advice and direction. 

If you have any more questions or concerns then please feel free to call Clare at the centre on 07971 127788 or contact us here.