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Trench Tech to launch kids-only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program

CUKI Alvarez and Trench Tech will soon launch a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ program for children only.

Alvarez said he has been getting calls from several parents of children 5 to 7 years old who are very interested in BJJ. “We are excited about this and want to start a ‘kids only’ BJJ program. Currently we are only accepting kids 8 years old and up to join because that has been our rule. Younger children tend to have a very short attention span and always end up wanting just to play or lose interest because they are simply overwhelmed by the big people surrounding them. This disrupts the class,” Alvarez said.

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Cuki Alvarez poses with a group of young  BJJ students at the Trench Tech gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

But he is willing to conduct a separate class for children 5 to 8 years old. “If we can get at least 10 kids for now, we can do a kids-only class from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday,” he added.

These classes will help build life-skills among children, Alvarez said. BBJ is a “grappling-based art” whose goal is “to take your opponent to the ground, control him positionally, and finish with a submission.”

Alvarez said with its emphasis on technique and leverage, BJJ is designed to allow a smaller person to defeat a stronger foe with ease.

He added that the kids’ BJJ class will “feature an appropriate level of contact for your child’s physical development and maturity so you can be rest assured that they will learn safely — your child will develop discipline, respect, honor, leadership and self-confidence, and much more.”

Alvarez said the program will “ensure that your child is bully-proof and ready to face life’s challenges. They will develop discipline, respect, honor, leadership and self-confidence, and more. Your child will learn the most effective single martial art in the world. They’ll develop strength, physical fitness and mental fortitude. Your child will develop social skills and make quality friends. They’ll have a safe, positive environment to grow. They will enjoy age-appropriate and safe games, activities and drills. And they will learn from experienced trainers.”

Alvarez said a child does not need experience to join the program. Moreover, parents are not needed to be present for classes, but are more than welcome to stay and observe their children.

He said one of most frequently asked questions is, “Will my child get hit?”

Alvarez said they will keep it very safe and teach technique over power. “There is no striking in BJJ, but the child will learn to tumble and break fall appropriately. If you have always wondered if it will cater to you and your child the answer is: BJJ is for everyone. Our motto is ‘Whether you’re 8 or 88, BJJ is good for you.’ ”

He said all the child needs to come to class on Tuesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. is a BJJ Gi which is also known as a kimono.

For more information, call Cuki Alvarez at 783-4MMA.