kids jiu jitsu & self defense


Emerson Souza kids martial arts classes in Baldwin, NY are a fun, exciting way to keep your children challenged & motivated like no other after school activity. On top of learning Jiu Jitsu for self defense, our kids classes will give your child the opportunity to make new friends, develop sharp problem solving skills that will last a lifetime.

Little Ninja's Jiu-Jitsu (Ages 5-7): Using the Jiu-Jitsu discipline, we teach our Little Ninja's important character traits like respect, teamwork, and confidence, while also introducing them to physical skills and communication strategies. 

Young Samurai's Jiu-Jitsu (Ages 8+): Our Young Samurai's class will learn the necessary fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu while also learning the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Hard work is an important part of our classes but they do not go without praise.  Building self confidence is just as important as learning self defense and as true martial artists, Emerson Souza Instructors strive to build not break down. Bullying is a very serious epidemic in schools and we take a serious stance in reinforcing the importance of combating this with all of our students.

“The Art of Jiu Jitsu is worth more in every way than all of our athletics combined.” - President Theodore Roosevelt

benefits of jiu jitsu for kids

self confidence

After only a few weeks you will see a change in your child's demeanor and how they carry themselves much more confidently.


The more confident you are the less likely a target for a bully. Let's face facts, bullies want an easy target to make themselves feel better. Jiu Jitsu gives you the confidence and skills to make bullies think twice


More and more kids today are leading sedentary lifestyles. Videos games, mobile devices and TV are creating extremely unhealthy dangerous habits in children.  Jiu Jitsu breaks that mold and provides a great healthy after school activity.

new friends

When your child joins Emerson Souza Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, it gives you a fantastic opportunity to make new life long friendships.

helps anxiety

Jiu Jitsu is an incredible outlet for all children, even children with anxiety. This goes back to confidence, patience, exercise. Combining these features of Jiu Jitsu helps you deal with day to day anxiety.


Kids will learn to work together with partners to effectively drill Jiu Jitsu techniques & exercises.


Jiu Jitsu is the one art that does not "Test" for belts. As Carlos Gracie Jr. says "The Mats. They Never Lie." You must put your time in if you want to succeed in any aspect of life. We teach this to our students from the very start. Hard work pays off.

problem solving

Chess & Jiu Jitsu are both arts that consist of hundreds of positions, thousands of techniques. Without realizing it your child will be solving complex puzzles and challenges that will lead to overall improvement in school and day to day life.


for All Ages

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