Youth Program

Groundswell MMA Youth Program

Program Overview

MMA offers a holistic approach to child development, encompassing physical, mental, and emotional growth. At Groundswell MMA, we recognize the multifaceted benefits that martial arts training provides for kids including:

  1. Physical Skills: Through MMA, children enhance their balance, coordination, strength, and agility. Whether they’re practicing strikes, takedowns, or grappling techniques, their bodies become more resilient and capable.
  2. Mental Agility: MMA isn’t just about physical prowess—it’s a mental workout too. Kids learn to strategize, adapt, and think on their feet. The discipline required in training sharpens their focus and decision-making abilities.
  3. Emotional Resilience: Facing challenges on the mat builds emotional resilience. Kids learn to handle setbacks, manage stress, and stay composed even during intense sparring sessions.
  4. Discipline and Respect: Groundswell MMA instills core values such as discipline and respect. These principles extend beyond the gym, positively impacting behavior at home, school, and in the community.
  5. Self-Confidence: As kids master techniques and achieve milestones, their self-confidence soars. This newfound assurance influences every aspect of their lives.
  6. Self-Defense Skills: While we emphasize safety and controlled practice, kids also learn practical self-defense techniques. Knowing how to protect themselves is empowering.

The Importance of “Rough and Tumble Play”:

  • Rough and tumble play is a natural part of childhood. It involves physical play, wrestling, and playful aggression. In MMA, controlled sparring and drills mimic this type of play. It helps kids develop motor skills, spatial awareness, and social bonds.
  • During rough and tumble play, kids learn boundaries, negotiation, and cooperation. It’s a vital aspect of their overall development.

Whether your child is a beginner or an experienced athlete, Groundswell’s Youth MMA program offers a transformative journey—one that shapes not only martial artists but also well-rounded individuals.

Groundswell MMA Youth Program

Little Dragons (4-6)

Our Little Dragons class is a dynamic and engaging experience designed specifically for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Through a combination of fun activities and purposeful training, we focus on developing essential skills that lay the foundation for their martial arts journey.

What We Offer:

  • Fundamental Skills: Balance, coordination, and agility are at the core of our program. Little Dragons learn these skills through exciting activities that keep them motivated and challenged.
  • Basic Techniques: Our experienced instructors introduce basic martial arts techniques—punches, kicks, and takedowns. These form the building blocks for future growth.
  • Social Skills: Teamwork and positive reinforcement are woven into every class. Little Dragons not only learn physical skills but also develop social confidence.
  • Physical and Mental Abilities: We nurture both aspects. Strength, coordination, and flexibility are cultivated alongside mental focus and discipline.
  • Safe and Supportive Environment: Our instructors specialize in working with young children. They create an environment where learning is enjoyable and safe.
Groundswell MMA Youth Program

Little Ninjas (7-9)

Whether your child is a seasoned martial artist or stepping onto the mat for the first time, our Little Ninjas Program is designed to meet their needs. Tailored for kids aged 7 to 9 years old, this program provides a safe and supportive environment where they can thrive.

What We Offer:

  • Foundational Techniques: For beginners, we start with foundational techniques. From basic stances to simple strikes, we ensure that every child feels comfortable and confident.
  • Advanced Techniques: For those with prior experience, our program builds upon their skills. They’ll learn more complex techniques such as submissions and transitions.
  • Fun and Engaging Environment: Learning martial arts should be enjoyable! Our instructors create a positive atmosphere, making each class engaging and exciting.
  • Discipline and Respect: Beyond physical techniques, we emphasize discipline, respect, and self-confidence. These values benefit kids both on and off the mat.
  • Sportsmanship: Good sportsmanship is at the core of our program. Kids learn to support one another and celebrate each other’s progress.
  • Life Skills: Alongside physical development, we promote essential life skills—discipline, focus, and respect.
Groundswell MMA Youth Program

Samurai (10-12)

Designed with young martial artists in mind, our Samurai Program caters to kids who are ready to challenge themselves while having a blast. Whether they’re beginners or have some experience, this program offers a supportive environment where they can thrive.

What We Offer:

  • Leadership Skills: Beyond physical techniques, we focus on developing leadership qualities. Through team-building exercises and games, your child will learn to lead with confidence.
  • Sportsmanship: We instill the values of fair play, respect, and camaraderie. Sportsmanship is at the heart of our Samurai Program.
  • Self-Confidence: As they progress, your child’s self-confidence will soar. This newfound assurance extends beyond the mat.
  • Preparation for the Future: The Samurai Program lays the groundwork for more advanced MMA training. Your child will be well-prepared for any challenges they encounter.


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