About Martial Arts
Our martial arts program provides a special opportunity for children & youth with special healthcare needs between the ages 4-21 years old. The classes provide instruction on basic martial arts techniques and listening skills. Coordination of movement, balance, body awareness, strength, and thought are also incorporated. This program provides children with an opportunity for positive peer interactions and promotes a sense of independence, confidence, and belonging.
Description of Classes
What is Jiu Jitsu? Jiu Jitsu is one of the martial arts styles that we offer. Jiu Jitsu focuses on self-defense aspects of martial arts, including grappling and ground fighting techniques, body positioning, take-downs, physical fitness, and character building.
What is Karate? Karate
is one of the martial arts styles that we offer. It primarily a striking art,
focusing on punching, kicking, and open-hand techniques. It promotes awareness
of self, energy, focus, performance, and control.
Black Turtles is an advanced Jiu Jitsu program for youth
with special needs. It is designed to focus on grappling and ground fighting
techniques (techniques on holding and grabbing), and body positioning including
take-downs. This is a more fast-paced class than our other groups, and requires
that students have achieved fundamental physical skills for more complex
drills. Students in this group must follow multi-step instructions from the
coach, and be able to control strength and grip while grappling with other
students. This class typically serves youth with mild developmental delays, and
emotional and behavioral disorders.
Participants are assigned 1:1 to volunteers for additional safety supervision & attention. Classes are 45 minutes long, one time per week, for a 7 week session. Sessions are offered four times per year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Children should be registered for the correct class based
on their age, developmental, and swim level.
PANDA PREP: ages 4-6
MARTIAL ARTS/JIU JITSU: ages 7-15
ADVANCED BLACK TURTLES: ages 12-21
For current schedules and to register online, please click here.
Classes offered in Mountainside are
Children’s Specialized Hospital
150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092