Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Kids

At Melbourne Jiu-Jitsu academy our kids program focuses on making self-defence and physical education fun. We use conditioning and skill-oriented games to engage and challenge kids. 

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu kids program is not just about the physical benefits for your child. It will also teach them valuable life skills such as confidence, courtesy, focus, discipline, team work, mental strength, and self-control.

Our kids self-defence program has been carefully developed over a number years by owner and 1st degree black belt Ivan Voronoff. Ivan has over 13 years’ experience practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, both here in Melbourne, around the country and in Brazil. He has been teaching kids programs in Melbourne for 4 years. In his classes he focuses on balance, posture, co-ordination and body position.

There is often much debate about the teaching of martial arts to children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not a rough or dangerous martial art. In fact it’s often referred to as the ‘Gentle Art’. The ground based martial art shows students how to fight on their back without the use of striking or punching.

Kids are taught escapes, take downs, and passes. They are never taught techniques that could be unsafe if not executed properly or responsibly. Our kids self-defence program also teaches kids how to control a provoker without hurting them or themselves.

Other combat sports use fists and elbows as their defence but we will teach your child to use verbal assertiveness, and non-violent self-defence techniques to stay safe. We do not teach your kids to punch or kick. We do teach them leverage-based control holds to neutralize threats without violence.

Your child will be equipped with a number of non-violent strategies to deter bullies, without becoming one.

The benefits of our kids self-defence program are endless…


Fitness & Fun


Problem Solving

Positive Life Values



What are you waiting for?

Contact us for more information on the kids self-defence classes.

Give Ivan a call on 0426 038 642 to organise a time to bring in the kids for a free trial and check it out for yourself.

 Book your trial class here

Private Classes

Are you having trouble getting to our scheduled kids classes? Interested in accelerating your child’s learning through targeted coaching? Private classes can also be arranged for your child or children.

If you’re interesting in booking a private class Contact us to find out more.