Staunton Montessori Students Join BJJ

Several classmates in the 7th-9th grade class at Staunton Montessori School (SMS) have recently joined our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program and are having a wonderful time. SMS has graciously allowed them to supplement their training during their regular PE time.

Two weeks ago, the students had this to say on their blog:

Jiu-Jitsu class

First we got the mats down from the solarium loft and put them in the community room. We did that because Owen, Kira, and Daniel taught us a few Jiu-Jitsu basics. First, they taught us how to do a backwards break fall. This is important because it teaches you how to fall backwards and not get hurt. Everyone practiced that for a bit while they went around and told us what we were doing wrong and showed us to do it right. Next, we learned standing in base. This is teaching us how to stand up without getting punched. Then, we did the backward breakfall and then standing in base, while they went around and showed us how to do it right. Then they taught us how to shrimp, which is important for a lot of moves in Jiu-Jitsu. Then we put it all together and did a backwards breakfall then shrimped across the mats, then stood in base.

Last week, the teachers blogged this update:


This week we had another Jiu-Jitsu lesson. Last week we learned about shrimping at the end of class. This class, we learned the shrimp escape and side breakfalling. Holden recently joined the Jiu-Jitsu class with Kira, Owen, and Daniel. We got out the mats almost every day this week, and we practiced and learned the trap and roll, both side shoulder-rolling, and we did some rolling during open mat time in the lesson. At the end of today’s class, everyone got gift certificates for a free week at Jiu-Jitsu.

We thank SMS for recognizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a life skill and for allowing these delightful young men and women to train as part of their school curriculum.

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