The Growing Gorillas Curriculum is a children's martial arts training program for gyms, based on movement education philosophies, and designed to meet children's social, physical and cognitive needs.
The Growing Gorillas Approach
While martial arts training is our preferred delivery system for the development of young minds and bodies, the core Growing Gorillas philosophy is rooted in movement education systems.
Children in movement education programs do much more than merely learn skills. They learn to apply movement elements and create solutions for simple and complex movement problems.
Growing Gorillas also uses confidence building techniques and leadership development protocols to bring out the best in the young minds you have been entrusted with coaching.
There are four main movement concepts that are foundational to movement learning and individual growth:
- Body (self)
- Space (where the body is headed)
- Effort (the quality of movement)
- Relationships (the body in relation to others)
We believe that providing a safe, respectful and engaging learning environment will give students the greatest chance of success in mastering these four concepts.
Via the Growing Gorillas program, the physical educator, coach, or facilitator can provide lessons that will foster success in these areas.
We believe that the development of strong, confident and happy children will be one of the most significant factors in the success of your gym and its community.
Supporting Children's Development
Children face big milestones that are vital to their cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Taking part in activities that are designed to support their development will help children navigate these milestones successfully.
Growing Gorillas employs kids martial arts and jiu jitsu as a vehicle for guiding kids through these stages of development.
Basic jiu jitsu drills work motor skills, improve balance, and help with the growth of the central nervous system in kids. As they grow, jiu jitsu builds strength and balance.
Growing Gorillas coaches break jiu jitsu moves into 3 simple parts, so children can easily follow them.
Coaches read stories related to practice with their students. Children will learn to recall parts of a story, understand the concepts, and discuss what the life skill means.
They may not understand how grappling is connected to this right away, but all learn through play.
Social & Emotional
Classes are held removed from the parents, so that children learn how to think on their own. They begin to see themselves as a whole person with a body, mind, and feelings.
They also learn how to cooperate, negotiate solutions to conflicts, and be empathetic to others.