Jiu-Jitsu for Children
The School-Jitsu Program is one of the special projects of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). The program has been especially developed for government schools in the Abu Dhabi Emirate.
In 2008/2009, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was introduced into 14 schools. Due to the success of the program, it has been expanded to include 47 schools, and over 20,000 students.
These schools are located in all three regions of the emirate of Abu Dhabi:
Abu Dhabi Region
Al Ain Region
Al Gharbia Region
Students will participate in two 45 minute lessons a week throughout the year as part of the timetabled PE lessons.
The number of boys schools for 2011/2012 are:
Abu Dhabi - 15 Schools
Al Ain - 17 Schools
Al Gharbia - 6 Schools
Number of Girls Schools - 6 (expanding to 9 during this school year)
Best School in Abu Dhabi - Al Asayel School
Best School in Al Ain - Atika School
A total of 47 schools for the academic year of 2011/2012
Jiu-Jitsu means “The Soft Art”. It originated from the ancient martial art of the Samurais in Japan, many centuries ago. In the early 1900’s, it was adopted in Brazil by the Gracie family. Jiu-Jitsu training is not just about the physical elements. Emotional and social aspects of a child’s growth are considered as important as physical growth. School-Jitsu does not have any kind of punches or kicks. It is about throw techniques, control and locks.
Instructors & Resources
The 90 strong, male and female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaching team, is headed by the lead coach, Carlos Santos. Carlos has been based in Abu Dhabi since 2002, promoting the sport both within schools and the UAE in general. Each school is provided with the necessary equipment to implement the programme. This includes mats and uniforms for students.
The main objectives of the school-based Jiu-Jitsu programme are:
- To give all students (girls and boys) based in National Schools the opportunity to participate in the sport at some stage during their schooling.
- To give those students with both a talent and interest in the sport the opportunity to pursue it through their
- school years and into adulthood. Many of these students will progress to a National and International level in the sport.
- To promote Jiu-Jitsu as an invaluable form of self defense.
Physical Objectives - Jiu-Jitsu training consists of:
- fitness training, including warm-up/warm-down activities
- learning Jiu-Jitsu techniques in a structured environment.
- the opportunity to progress through a graded ‘belt’ system, especially designed for children and teenagers.
Emotional and Social Objectives Promoting:
- self confidence, discipline and perseverance
- respect for peers and adults
- competing fairly
- cooperation, interaction and teamwork
- controlling of emotions
Assessment & Evaluation
Your child will be evaluated against a number of set criteria. These include Jiu-Jitsu & physical performance as well as general attitude and participation.
This year each of the 42 schools will have their own internal competition. In addition, there will be a zone competition, school teams’ competition and a National final.
After School Classes
This year we have designed extra, after-school classes in each zone for talented students so that students who wish to progress further in the sport have a chance to train together. More details will be made available once this program has been finalized.