Parents Corner

Parents Corner ImageParents, welcome to Jiu Jitsu. You will soon find out how wonderful it is for your child on so many different levels. Following is information that Professor Mike and parents of our Jiu Jitsu students have put together for new parents. If you have something to add please email it to:

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At the Park City Jiu Jitsu academy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ is taught by Professor Mike and practiced by students.

Jiu Jitsu is not a seasonal sport, it is year round. A great aspect about Park City Jiu Jitsu is that when schools are on break the classes at the academy are usually still in session!

Jiu Jitsu is not intended to be a drop off activity. You will be amazed at what your child is learning on so many different levels if you stay and watch. Other than self-defense fighting some of the learnings are: self-esteem, humility, confidence, following directions, listening, awareness, kindness, being a good teammate, balance, hand-eye coordination, critical thinking, strategy, and BJJ compliments other competitive sports.

The first few classes and month of Jiu Jitsu can be overwhelming for your child and you as a parent. The key is to keep on coming, and ask other parents about their early Jiu Jitsu experience. This will help you understand that Jiu Jitsu better and it is much more than grappling. Here is blog post on this topic by a Park City Jiu Jitsu parent.

Does my child have to compete? No, your child does not have to compete in competitionsCunningham-Llyod or tournaments. Park City Jiu Jitsu does have a competitive team for children that desire to compete. Professor Mike will approach you and your child when he feels your child is ready to compete. Then you can decide if it is something that interests your child. See the Jiu Jitsu Competition Info page for information.

Entering the Mat – Students should enter (and exit) the mat from the red carpet. They should have their shoes off, wipe their feet and bow in the direction of picture of Helio Gracie (see who and why under “Bowing” below). No shoes are ever worn on the mat.

Lining Up – Children line up at the start of class based on experience: belt color and number of stripes.

Belt Colors – Children belt colors at Park City Jiu Jitsu are from lowest to highest: white, yellow, orange, and green.

Belt Stripes – White belts may have a chance to earn a stripe after 10 hours (classes) by testing for it. Unlike other martial art stripes are not given for just showing up and attending class. Professor Mike decides if a child is ready to test for their stripe.

Tying The Belt – How to tie a Jiu Jistu belt entertaining and informative video.

Helio Gracie

Bowing – When class starts the children “bow-in” by lining up and bowing to the picture of Helio Gracie. Helio is pronounced Eh’leeo. Helio is one of the founding fathers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and we bow out of respect for what he has done to create, evolve and promote Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  After bowing to Helio Gracie, then they bow to Professor Mike because he is a black belt. If another coach or instructor is leading the class they do not bow to them. Only Black Belt Professors of academies receive bows.

MikeMarquee1w450h600“Professor Mike” is the way your child should respectfully address Mike.

Gi Care – Wash your child’s Gi often. Never wash their belt. Gi’s are not to be worn outside the academy, used for dress up or as a costume. Respect the Gi.

Belt Care – NEVER wash the belt. The belt shows all the hard work they have done and is never washed.

Personal Hygiene: please make sure your child bathes before class and after. Maintain short finger and toenails.

Children should not come off the mat without asking Professor Mike first. This includes getting a drink, going to the bathroom or being hurt.

If your child is having a hard time let Professor Mike handle it. If it is before class catch Professor Mike’s attention and let him address your child. If it is during class do not go on the mat or have your child come off the mat to you. Every child has a hard time at some point, Jiu Jitsu is not a simple activity. Many parents of the most experienced children at the academy can share stories of their children having hard times.

Video & Pictures – It is global Jiu Jitsu etiquette to not video record, broadcast or take pictures during class or when students are grappling/rolling/fighting without the Professor of the academy’s permission. This is global Jiu Jitsu etiquette and ensures something is not shared out of context. Please ask before recording, broadcasting or taking pictures. Note: At Park City Jiu Jitsu it is acceptable to take video or picture of your child when they are receiving a stripe at the end of class.

During grappling/rolling/fighting please DO NOT root for your child out loud, coach or give instructions/tips. You may cheer for other children, but please no coaching or instruction.

Siblings – Please keep siblings of students quiet during class, so they do not interrupt the instruction or distract the children that are on the mat.

Make sure your child goes to the bathroom before class.

It is a good idea to drink water and have a snack before class. Also, having water available during class is alright.

Many parents have found their child excels at Jitsu Jitsu, even though they are not good at other sports.

Many professional world class athletes practice Jiu Jitsu to enhance their performance in their sport.

This information has been put together by Professor Mike and parents of our Jiu Jitsu students for new parents. If you have something to add please email it to: