Increase your child’s strength, flexibility, balance, confidence all while having a blast!
Kids love to wrestle. In our classes, they will be actively using the skills they learned on their very first day. Our kids staff have all been background checked, safety trained and are fully ready to safely teach your children.
About Stephan & the Gym
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a ninja when I grew up. I debated starting my ninja career in either martial arts or gymnastics. Since backflips would be a critical ninja skill to develop, gymnastics was the way to go. Once in college, I settled on the next best career to ninjahood - an elementary school teacher. While studying full-time, I worked three jobs to pay for my tuition and continued dabbling in my ninja hobbies. I tried many martial art styles (Aikido, Krav Maga, Arnis, Jeet Kune Do), but most did not have opportunities to compete. For me, competition is the best way to measure my skill progression and know if I'm getting better at something. I first discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Santa Cruz and immediately fell in love with it. Unlike all the other martial art styles I tried, I could compete in jiu-jitsu, measure my skill progression, and ensure my techniques worked in high-pressure situations...
“Stephan is an INCREDIBLE coach for kids! My 10 year old son thought the summer camp was by the far the best one he's ever done. I found myself always looking forward to kids pick up so that I can hear about the day. Thank you Stephan for all of the beautiful and heart-felt friendships my kid has gained from your creativity!"
- Leng L.
What is Jiu-Jitsu? And is it right for your child?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport that focuses on takedowns and control on the ground. The strategy is simple: get in close to your opponent, take them down, control them on the ground, then deliver a choke or joint lock that will inhibit your opponent’s ability to continue fighting. The success of brazilian jiu-jitsu can be attributed to a simple rule set that awards positional control and dominance. A submission is a win. This grappling-centric rule set was introduced into a no rules format and the results were pretty obvious: grappling was an important factor in real fights that many martial arts were neglecting. At Bay Jiu-Jitsu, we prefer to focus on these “combat sports” that have an athletic component rather than a purely self defense style of martial art that deals with lots of theoretical techniques that haven’t been proven to work under duress.
Bay Jiu-Jitsu could be right for your child if one of these situations are relevant to you:
Your child is inactive and uninterested in team sports. We get these kids all the time and they tend to flourish in an environment where they are awarded accolades based on their individual progress.
Your child plays many other sports and is looking to supplement with a martial art to make them a bit more aggressive. When I was a soccer player, I was technically skilled, but I was timid when approaching the ball. I know if I had found jiu-jitsu as a kid it would have been a perfect addition to my soccer training.
You fear your child may be bullied now or in the future. We believe that a good foundation in jiu-jitsu will increase your child’s confidence and ability to handle themselves when confronted by aggressive classmates.
Your child is interested in ninjas, superheroes, wrestling, play fighting, or martial arts in general.
Your child seems to have a difficult time interacting with others. Because of the need in jiu-jitsu to work with their partner to drill the techniques, often there’s a level of empathy that is gained from helping. We’ve put many kids who seem to have aggressive behaviors and pushed them into a helping role and it has worked to help them figure out how to interact with those who are in a bit more need of help.
If any of these situations speak to you, your child needs to start training at Bay Jiu-Jitsu.
Once your child begins jiu-jitsu, they will be on a confidence & skill-building path that will last their entire lifetime.
It only takes a few months to gain basic knowledge. There are constantly new challenges ahead: more skilled or bigger kids, in house competitions or even larger tournaments around the Bay Area and beyond.
“I am amazed how patient, attentive and understanding Stephan Goyne is as a business owner and the head instructor at Bay Jiu-Jitsu Academy. His positive attitude is reflected in the behavior of his students. Everyone here is always happy to help and answer questions. There is NO attitude here or fragile egos like one might find in other martial arts gyms. Everyone is awesome at Bay Jiu-Jitsu. This place rocks!"
- Peter C.
Here's exactly what you'll get in a kids class:
Before jumping into things, we start with a warm up of solo drills like rolling, falling, and footwork. This is done in the form of an obstacle course with younger kids and line drills with the older kids.
Learn a Move:
Once you’ve built up a sweat, we’ll go over the technique of the week. These techniques usually build upon each other throughout the week so it’s best to attend multiple classes per week to lay the foundation of the skill we are building.
Drill the Move:
Take turns with a partner practicing the move. This takes cooperation and working with others, which are valuable skills in their personal and school lives.
Most kids start with light resistance drills on day 1 to get a chance to feel how the technique works against a live opponent. Kids will eventually be able to participate in safe but challenging grappling sparring with their team mates. Live sparring is crucial because it teaches kids how to achieve success with the moves in a real world setting, which is crucial for both competition and self-defense.
To wrap up class, we have a vast array of games that either focus on reviewing the technique of the day or simply getting that last bit of energy out in a fun way before heading home!
Don’t waste hundreds of dollars going to classes and activities that your kids don’t love. Join Bay Jiu-Jitsu and receive unlimited access to classes and training starting at only $175 per month. We do our best to provide as much value as possible and charge a fair price.
If you aren't sure a membership is right for you, we also offer a variety of class pack options starting with our new local student intro deal of 3 classes for $49 (and for January ONLY, it's only $24 - don't miss out on this is an incredible deal)!
If you are a full-time student, emergency personnel, teacher, low income, or part of a large family with multiple members who wish to train, please email us to hear more about available discounts.
Limited Time Offer - 50% Off Intro Deal!
Ends Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 12:00 AM PST
Our unlimited class memberships start at $200 per month. If you aren't sure a membership is right for you, we offer a variety of class pack options starting with our new local student intro deal of 3 classes for $49. BUT to encourage you to start training this year, we are running an incredible 50% off intro deal just for the month of January, meaning it's only $24 for your first 3 classes!
Meet Coach Stephan and Coach Reilly in person, experience their teaching styles, and get a taste of the sport of jiu-jitsu and what life is like at our gym. While 3 days isn't long enough to master any of the skills, it is a good chance to see how this place can positively impact your life. Plus, it's super fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
What should my child wear to class? Preferably wear bottoms that are free of pockets, belt loops, zippers, drawstrings or loose fabric. Wear a top that won’t fall over their face if they turn upside down.
What ages do you accept into the kids program? Our kids classes start at 4 years old and continue until they transition into the adults program.
My child is unable to physically practice, can they audit the class? Class is where we come to learn but often we drill and practice outside of class. You may certainly audit and ask questions and participate in discussions.
Any pre-class hygiene tips? Please have your child shower before the class, and be as clean and as free of smell or fragrance as possible.
How much does it cost? Join Bay Jiu-Jitsu and receive unlimited access to classes and training starting at only $189 per month. We do our best to provide as much value as possible and charge a fair price. If you aren't sure a membership is right for you, we also offer a variety of class pack options starting with our new local student intro deal of 3 classes for $49 (and for January ONLY, it's only $24 - don't miss out on this is an incredible deal)! If you are a full-time student, emergency personnel, teacher, low income, or part of a large family with multiple members who wish to train, please email us to hear more about available discounts.