Kids Classes

Looking for a fun activity to build confidence, resilience & self-defence?

Wondering what is involved in our Kids Classes?

Class Structure

In addition to learning self-defence skills and improving physical fitness, our programs emphasise the values of respect, team work, and discipline. We believe that these values are just as important as the physical skills students learn in class and help to develop well-rounded individuals.

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Our Kids Jiu Jitsu program is a comprehensive curriculum designed to teach children of all ages the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu.

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Learning jiu jitsu is like putting together a puzzle, with each class giving you a new piece to add to the bigger picture. Because of this, our curriculum is structured so that kids may start at any time throughout the year.

Our program is cyclical so that any topics missed can be returned to at a later date, and then when ready, the students transition into an advanced kids program.

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Our team of experienced coaches use a variety of teaching techniques and games relevant to the age groups to keep kids engaged and excited about their progress.

A fun & supportive learning experience

Beginner Program

In our beginner classes, students cover the fundamental principles of jiu jitsu. Classes are tailored to different age groups to promote a fun and optimal learning experience. Our Beginner Program is for students who hold the rank of ‘White’ and ‘White-Grey’ belt. The emphasis at this level is on building a strong foundation and understanding the core principles of jiu jitsu. Once students have achieved a solid ‘Grey’ belt they may progress to the Advanced Program. 

  • 3 – 5yrs
  • 5 – 7yrs
  • 8 – 10yrs
  • 11 – 14yrs

Technique & strategy from world-class coaches

Advanced Program

Advanced kids classes are for students who have achieved the rank of Grey belt and above.

As students progress to the advanced level, the curriculum expands to include more intricate techniques, advanced transitions, and detailed strategies.

Advanced classes have a higher training intensity with more sparring (known as ‘rolling’), allowing students to test their skills against different training partners with varying levels of experience.

For students who wish to compete in tournaments, lessons may additionally involve drilling high-level techniques, learning competition strategies, and mental preparation for matches.

No-Gi Classes

Training jiu jitsu without a GI (the kimono uniform traditionally worn in jiu jitsu) so terms the class; ‘No GI’. No GI attire includes a rashie and shorts / tights. Training without a GI differs from regular classes in the training attire as well as the grips, pace, and strategy. Our No GI classes follow the same learning curriculum as our GI classes. 

Parents love our jiu jitsu classes!

Looking for a fun physical activity where your child is supported and feels safe to express themselves? Parents love how jiu jitsu Improves their children’s physical fitness while building strong mental health.

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"I'm so grateful to this team of incredible people. My son's self confidence has improved so much as a result of his attendance."
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"We have three children who attend Portal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and they have learnt so much in such a short time. Great facilities, supportive and friendly environment with a number of very experienced black belt coaches. Highly Recommended"
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"Wow, I found the best BJJ school on the east coast I believe, World class Teaching and a friendly community feel, Great for Kids also. Well done to the Professor and the whole team."
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"Loving it. Portal is an inclusive environment that supports families, girls on the mat & beginners. (Our entire family are rolling now, including our 4yo, and myself as a bit of a nervous starter.) Prof. David makes sure the lessons are fun and that you're learning the underlying principals, not just going for flashy takedowns. This ethos filters down through the belts so there is respect and community on, and off the mat. Look forward to many years with the club. Oss 👊"
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"We have been part of the Portal family for a couple of years now. The benefits, especially for my children, have been enormous. This club provides world class teaching, with a culture that is encouraging and positive. Its a great club for kids and adults looking for any level of training, from getting fit and learning new skills, to competing at a national level. I couldn't be prouder of our association with Portal!"
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"Cannot rate Portal BJJ high enough. My experience of joining has been beneficial for me and my Daughter. The Professor and the other black belts are so passionate about BJJ and it is shown in the way they teach The culture set by Holly and Professor David is what sets it apart. It is an environment of support and encouragement and that’s from the top down. I’ve lost weight increased cardio just by doing something I’ve grown to love If you are thinking about trying it, do it. Your never to old or young. I wish I got onto it earlier in life"

We love celebrating our students' progression!


Skill and development is recognised through the awarding of stripes and belt promotion. We have formal kids grading days throughout the year, where kids and families come together to recognise and celebrate the students’ progression.

Informal gradings may additionally take place in class at the Professor’s discretion. The decision to award belts and stripes is based on a combination of factors not limited to skills acquisition. Attitude is a key factor, and students who show a positive attitude, show respect to their instructors and training partners, and exhibit good sportsmanship are always recognised. 

Students may skip a belt depending on their progression with the program. When students reach the year they will turn 16 yrs they are awarded their juvenile blue belt and transition into the adults grading system.

Advancing White
16 yrs - juvenile blue belt


Kids that are active & engaged

Whether your child is a beginner or has previous experience, our Kids Jiu Jitsu Programs are the perfect way to keep them active, engaged, and learning new skills.

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