We offer Kids’ Mixed Martial Arts Classes at all three of our locations. We also offer Youth Boxing and Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at our Manassas Location.
Our children’s Mixed Martial Arts curriculum combines wrestling, striking, and the positional control of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We don’t teach submissions (joint locks and chokes) until the higher levels when the children have demonstrated the ability and knowledge of when and where it is appropriate to execute those kinds of techniques (self-defense or competition against a knowledgeable opponent).
We also combine fitness and agility exercises to help build a healthy lifestyle and physical attributes. We utilize games and drills that are fun so that half the time the kids don’t even realize they are learning self-defense and discipline.
Safety is our highest priority, and all of our activities have rigorous safety protocols built in. Our next highest priority is building realistic and useable physical and life skills. Our third priority is having a fun, constructive training curriculum.
Some of the things we DON’T do:
- We don’t produce six-year-old Blackbelts. We are not a belt factory. We have a belt system to give structure to our curriculum and allow for short-term and long-term goals for each individual.
- We don’t charge for belt tests. When your child has completed the requirements to progress to the next belt we will award your child the next belt rank.
- We don’t charge for the initial test, and we don’t charge for re-tests.
- We don’t sell a false bill of goods.
Some of the things we DO:
- Provide a safe, clean, well supervised program for your child.
- Build usable physical and personal skills in a fun environment.
Kids Classes Testimonials:
“Doug Esposito and Jason Doucette are exceptional Mixed Martial Arts instructors. In nearly two years at the gym, my two kids, 9 and 6, have progressed at an amazing rate. With over ten years as a federal law enforcement agent and defensive tactics instructor, I have been privileged to receive world class self defense instruction. Doug and Jason are among the best I have ever met. They are great with children and my kids can’t wait to go to class each week. My children are receiving superior martial arts instruction, increased confidence, strength, balance, coordination, teamwork, and they are having a blast!”
“After an initial trial period at another local gym, I wanted to train BJJ at a facility that was in close proximity to my home in Manassas. My decision to join Vanguard Gym was two-fold in nature: personal interest and family bonding opportunity by getting my son involved in, and excited about, sports and minimize the lure of video games and TV.
I am able to control the pace at which I learn, train and compete which adapts to my hectic professional life, and I love the camaraderie that Vanguard Gym provides as 95% of my friends are ones I have made here.
At recent tournaments I have been able to successfully apply the skills learned during training. During one in particular I was able to witness the growth of my son in the sport. He was by my side through every facet of the experience. He coached me by providing solid direction as the matches progressed and taking video for later review at the same time.
I highly recommend Vanguard Gym for Adults, Kids and Families.”
— LCDR Jason Deutsch