Our Kids (4-7 years old) BJJ program is designed to introduce Jiu-Jitsu as a concept and art to our youngest students. Focusing on building confidence and coordination through dynamic warm ups and fun games. For this age group we put a strong emphasis on teaching throwing and falling to build a strong body, good balance and the confidence to attempt learned techniques.
The Youth (8-12 years old) BJJ program is designed to build our students a strong foundation and overall understanding of BJJ. The lesson plan ranges from self-defense and dealing with bullying, basic and fundamental techniques, proper etiquette as a martial artist all the way to competition preparation. In many ways our Youth program mirrors our Adult White Belt Curriculum.
Our Women’s Only BJJ program is quickly becoming one of the most popular and well attended at the academy. Normally schools start a women’s only class as a way of recruiting ladies to the gym, whereas ours was initiated due to the sheer number of women already training here at Stratford BJJ. We have added more classes lately as the program continues to grow.
The program is beginner friendly, and follows our BJJ Basics curriculum closely. This is a great way to train with like minded individuals in an incredibly supportive environment for any women looking to start something new. The class ranges from 13 to 60 years old and includes all body types from varying walks of life.
Our BJJ Basics classes are the foundation of our academy. You will learn the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu within the IBJJF (International BJJ Federation) standards. Designed and based around the core techniques that every Jiu-Jitsu practitioner should know. Everything from self-defense, throws, positions and submissions. As well as introductions to more advanced techniques. This class should be prioritized by both new and advanced students to improve their overall Jiu-Jitsu knowledge.
Submission Wrestling or No Gi is simply Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practiced without the Gi (Kimono). Our program aims to teach the same modern techniques utilized by the top No Gi and MMA competitors in the world and to help adapt our students game to No Gi situations.
This class is open to all teen and adult students, however having a solid understanding of BJJ basics is recommended prior to attendance. In this class any submissions utilized by the top No Gi organizations are allowed in order to complement our more traditional rule set followed in our BJJ Basics classes.
Stratford BJJ’s Kickboxing program focuses on the fundamentals of a well rounded striking game. Primarily based on the Dutch Kickboxing style, we employ a number of techniques from Muay Thai, Boxing, Kyokushin Karate and Taekwondo. Classes include cardio intensive warm ups, pad-work, partner based applied drilling and sparring for our more advanced students. The primary competitive focus for our Kickboxing skills are based on Mixed Martial Arts competition.
Our program is co-ed and open to members 13 years or older.
Boxing at Stratford BJJ is taught in the same manner as most gyms. Skipping, footwork drills, pad-work, conditioning, bag work, and a strong focus on perfectly executed technique. We follow a European style of boxing as Coach Josh is taught by a native of Ireland. Sparring is also available to those at the the required skill level.
Boxing is co-ed and open to members 13 years or older.
The Yoga classes offered at Stratford BJJ are primarily “Restorative”. Meaning that they are intended to be relaxing, increase flexibility and heal the body after a hard week of training martial arts. Since Coach Brad also trains BJJ he is well aware of the tight spots and mobility issues common in our students, as such he tailors the class to have as much meaningful impact as possible.
Yoga is open to all ages.