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Kids’ Classes

Core Louisville / Kids’ Classes

At Core Combat Sports, we offer three programs specifically for kids 12 and under—Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Boxing.

Martial arts instill respect, discipline, work ethic, and social cooperation in kids. Contrary to the myth that martial arts training teaches children violence, children with martial arts training have been found to resolve differences more effectively, to manage anger and frustration in more constructive ways, to have a much healthier self esteem, and other life skills. Additionally, children do learn skills to stay safe in volatile and potentially violent situations.

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Kids’ Krav Maga

Based on the same principles in our adult Krav Maga program, kids learn the fundamentals of self-protection using elements of boxing, jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, and wrestling. Kids practice legitimate striking and grappling skills tailored towards self-protection rather than sport, teaching them to never view themselves as victims. Unfortunately, in today’s society, bullying is a major problem, and our kids Krav Maga program was designed to help combat that and other potential threats.

Kids’ Krav is taught by Nathan and Max Haddad and is available for kids age 8-12. It takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Participants need 10 or 12 oz boxing gloves, a rash guard, and sprawl shorts, all of which can be purchased at Core.



Kids’ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Our world-class BJJ program, led by Helio Soneca, has been specifically tailored toward kids ages 5-12. In these hour-long classes, boys and girls will learn everything from the basics of balance and developing a solid “base” to BJJ techniques such as sweeps, escapes, take downs, and submissions. In this program, progress is measured by ascending belt ranks, conforming to the Gracie Barra grading system of youth BJJ belts.

Kids’ BJJ is taught by Soneca and Nathan Haddad. For ages 5-7, classes are offered on Monday/Wednesday at 4:30-5pm. For kids ages 8-12, classes are offered Monday/Wednesday 5-6 pm and Saturday from 10-11 am. Participants must purchase a gi, which can be purchased at Core.


Kids’ Boxing


Legend Abdul Jarvis teaches kids (ages 8-12) striking essentials in this program. Kids practice marching stance drills, correct punching technique, punch numbers, basic footwork, and combinations. As the kids develop and instructors feel they are ready, kids can spar with appropriate protective gear if they want to. Kids usually love sparring, as it provides the ability to put into practice what they’ve learned and hone their combinations and footwork. Some kids also participate in local competition, and Core Kids always do well in these competitions.

Kids ages 8-12 can taking boxing class on Monday and Wednesday from 6-7 pm. Participants must wear 10 or 12 oz boxing gloves.



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