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 CHILDREN’S CLASSES

We deliver a range of classes for children to suit all possible needs, our focus is your child’s learning, keeping fit and active, building confidence, becoming bully proof and above all to having FUN.

For children from 4 to 7 years old we have the Voodoo Ninjas classes, for children from 8 to 11 years old we have the Junior classes, and for the 12 to 15 year old children we have the Cadets classes.

All our coaches are First Aid trained and have been subjected to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (was CRB check), we also have CCTV throughout our building to ensure your child’s safety.

Please check our Timetable for the times and days of all our classes.

To keep up to date with current events take a look at our Events page.

  

Voodoo Ninjas Programme

These classes consist of a series of games and physical activities that will prepare your child for progression to any and all of the Junior Martial Arts programmes we deliver, described below. Because of their very young age the classes are kept short and a parent or guardian is required to stay on the premises during the class. We pay particular attention to your child’s safety hence a strict requirement for them to wear a BJJ Gi (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi). Boxing gloves can be worn but are not a strict requirement at this point. We make it as fun as possible while still developing physical and mental skills that will serve them later throughout their lives.

Please check our Timetable for the times and days of all our classes.

  

Children’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Programmes

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling martial art, which is basically wrestling while wearing a traditional Gi (Kimono type suit). Grapplers try to overcome their opponent by using a variety of holds and grips including the Gi and winning by submission by applying joint locks and chokes.

The Junior (8 to 11 years old) and Cadets (12 to 15 years old) BJJ classes, from a skill perspective, are fundamentally the same as the adult BJJ classes. Although there are restrictions on the submission techniques we teach our younger students for the reasons of safety.

Our Junior grapplers focus predominantly on good movement and keeping safe while wrestling allowing them development appropriate to their age with some live but strictly controlled sparring, or what is known as ‘rolling’.

When they are old enough, they will be invited to the Cadets classes where they are taught much more like the adults focusing on overcoming an opponent to enhance their progression and development. There is more time spent live sparring / rolling with the aim of submitting their opponent.

There is a specific grading structure for our under 16’s that complies with the IBJJF guidelines. When they turn 16 years old they will be invited to our adult class and be re-graded as an adult. A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi and gumshield are strict requirements in these classes.

Please check our Timetable for the times and days of all our classes.

Children’s Kick Boxing Programmes

Kick Boxing is primarily a striking martial art which takes the form of punching and kicking an opponent. It is a high energy sport that requires a broad skills base developing self confidence and fitness very quickly.

The Junior (8 to 11 years old) and Cadets (12 to 15 years old) Kick Boxing classes, from a skill perspective, are fundamentally the same as the adult Thai / Kick Boxing classes. Although there are restrictions on the techniques we teach our younger students for the reasons of safety.

We have adopted a specific grading system for our Junior Kick Boxers allowing them development appropriate to their age with only some limited live sparring. They will be required to wear certain safety equipment to take part in this class; boxing gloves, shin guards and gumshield.

When they are old enough, they will be invited to the Cadets classes where they will be re-graded as such and awarded the appropriate belt. The Cadets grading system is slightly different, much more like the adults with some live light contact sparring, to enhance their progression and development. In addition to the safety equipment required in the Junior class Cadets require a groin box (boys) and hand wraps.

When they reach 16 years of age they will be invited to the adult classes. There are equivalent grades from Cadets to adults belts, but this is only a guide for our coaches. Each child will be re-graded as an adult and awarded the appropriate belt.

Please check our Timetable for the times and days of all our classes.

  

Children’s Shotokan Karate Do Programmes

Shotokan Karate Do is a traditional martial art that is primarily based in striking. It utilises traditional training methods such as set patterns of techniques called Kata and prioritises self discipline. It has an all together more regimented approach and focuses more on skills refinement.

The Junior and Cadets Karate classes (8 to 15 years old), from a skill perspective, are fundamentally the same as the adult Karate classes. We adhere to the traditional grading system for our Karate students allowing them development appropriate to their age.

When they reach 16 years of age they will be invited to the adult classes. Each child will be graded as an adult from then on, when it is appropriate, and awarded the appropriate belt.

A white Karate Gi (suit) and Belt are required to take part in this class.

Please check our Timetable for the times and days of all our classes.

 

Contact Information

E-Mail:  voodooservice@gmail.com

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CHILDREN’S POINTS SYSTEM

At Voodoo we promote and reward good behaviour as much as possible and deter negative behaviour in all our child members. To do this we have adopted a points system where child students that behave in a positive way that we wish to reinforce receive ‘Merit’ points and if they behave in a way we wish to discourage they receive ‘Penalty’ points. This is described in detail below.

  

CHILDREN’S POINTS SYSTEM POLICY

Voodoo Ninja, Junior and Cadet Members

By joining Voodoo Combat all members have accepted that they fully understand, acknowledge and agree with all the Voodoo Combat policies and procedures including this one which are available on request and/or on the Voodoo Combat website www.voodoogym.co.uk.

This policy sets out Voodoo Combats Children’s Points System Policy.

Discipline and rules are important and must be followed for the sake of everyone’s safety both in and out of the gym. It is for this reason we have put a points system in place to reward and to discipline our Ninja, Junior and Cadet members aged less than 16 years old. Points can be awarded by any fully qualified or assistant Voodoo Coach. There are two types of points; ‘Merit’ and ‘Penalty’ points, positive and negative respectively.

Merit points are awarded for any positive behaviour such as; putting in special effort, outstanding achievements and being kind or helpful to others. In these cases; the amount of merit points accumulated is added towards the hours of training required before the student is invited to grade. Therefore, this will result in an early grading opportunity.

Penalty points are awarded for negative behaviour such as; not following rules, not having the appropriate clothing (Gi’s etc.) or training equipment (boxing gloves etc.), making no effort, being disrespectful to others or dangerous behaviour. In these cases; for each penalty point accumulated an additional hour of training will be required before the student is invited to grade. Therefore, this will result in a delayed grading opportunity. However, a Penalty point can be cancelled out be a student later gaining a Merit point.

Any points awarded will be recorded on the students training record and parent/s informed. A student’s points records are restarted at zero as a grading takes place.

Important Notes

If a child is sat out of class for misbehaviour, this will result in an immediate Penalty point being awarded. If they are invited to re-join the class and are sat out a second time, a second Penalty point will be awarded, and they will not be allowed back in that class.

Accumulating 10 penalty points before their next grading a student may have their membership of Voodoo Combat revoked and all grades and promotions gained will be removed from our records.

For the safety of all our members, this system can be circumvented at any time by our coaches. In the case of a serious offence such as bullying inside or outside the gym, or wilfully refusing to act upon instruction from Voodoo coach/es that results in a risk to others, a student will be asked to leave immediately, and parents informed appropriately.

Written, edited, and amended by Voodoo Combat senior coaches, reviewed annually.

 

Contact Information

E-Mail:  voodooservice@gmail.com

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