KIDS MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES

WE SPECIALISE IN TEACHING KIDS BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

FROM AGES 5 TO 12 YEARS OLD

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MON - FRI: 11:30am - 8:00pm
SAT: 9:00am – 11:00am
SUN: CLOSED

Kids Jiu jitsu with 60+ positive google reviews

6ix6ix
10:07 15 Aug 23
Joining JD gym has probably been one of the best decision I’ve made in my life. World class coaching and amazing facilities, great people and overall a good vibe. The staff are incredible, the coaches are world class and the people are just the best. Cannot recommend it enough! Do yourself a favour and book in your trial class and you won’t regret it!
Simon HarrisonSimon Harrison
03:10 15 Aug 23
When I was looking for a Jiu Jitsu school I had a few "must haves" in mind. A coach with significant experience, including the highest levels of competition, classmates who I could trust to work with everyday, and a fun and inclusive culture. I was so lucky to walk into John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA in Notting Hill and try a class. My expectations for each of these needs were exceeded and I continue to be surprised how good the experience is. Thanks to Coach Donehue for sharing his world class knowledge and experience so generously. Thanks to everyone in class for making me feel so welcome and everyone for challenging me to get better every day.
Chris ChantChris Chant
02:16 15 Aug 23
Great gym with friendly and helpful staff.Timetable allows for a wide range of classes over the full course of the week which is great when your availability needs to be flexible.The culture among the students is very positive and feels like a second family.
Pouya MirzaeePouya Mirzaee
00:29 06 Aug 23
Everyone from the staff to other members are so friendly and take the extra step to make you feel welcome. The facility is hygienic and clean. All the coaches are experts in their field and will help you achieve your goals.
Sercan DikbayirliSercan Dikbayirli
14:20 08 Jul 23
Pete Soumilas BoxingPete Soumilas Boxing
05:55 31 May 23
John Donehue BJJ and MMA boasts a supportive and inclusive community. The atmosphere in the gym is welcoming and friendly, with fellow students and instructors always ready to help and support one another. There is a genuine sense of camaraderie and respect among the members, fostering a positive learning environment. It is not uncommon to see more experienced students taking time to mentor and guide beginners, creating a true team spirit within the gym.The training sessions are challenging yet enjoyable, pushing you to improve your skills while having fun in the process. The focus on fundamentals is particularly commendable, as it creates a strong foundation for growth and progress in BJJ and Striking.
Xavier LXavier L
10:49 04 Feb 23
Have been training here for about a month now and it has been a fantastic experience. The coaches are outstanding; personable and attentive and the other members have really made me feel welcome. Further, I am already starting to get fitter. I couldn't recommend this gym more!
Melissa TangMelissa Tang
06:52 19 Aug 22
My son, is nine and has been going to John Donehue Jiu jitsu MMA kids classes for slightly more than 2 years. Through this, he has increased discipline and has gained a heightened sense of self-confidence and self-worth!!! Not to mention increased fitness!!! The coaches treat the “kids” as individuals (as opposed to babying them) and the kids in turn gain maturity through the experience. It is all-inclusive and tailors to individual needs (including different levels of physical and cognitive abilities). We love JD Jiu jitsu MMA and highly recommended it to all of our friends.Mel
Scott SmithScott Smith
06:14 19 Aug 22
Since joining John Donehue Jiu Jitsu my son has undergone a fantastic transformation.His confidence has improved in all areas of life, yet through the teaching and discipline and attention provided by the instructors in the weekly classes, Caleb has become more focused and balanced.This has flowed into to his school life and he is performing better and enjoying school more than ever.We can not recommend this club highly enough for children to train in a safe an enjoyable environment, and have the support from everyone involved in the club from the time you walk through the door is great.Do your self a favour and enroll your children, they will be healthier, more confident and learning a great life skill along the way.
jaskaran singhjaskaran singh
09:01 15 Aug 22
Started BJJ training here in this gym a few months ago and I love every bit of time I spend here. I love the way coaches pay attention to small details when they explain every move. All colleagues are welcoming regardless of whether you are new or a veteran.
vincent phamvincent pham
03:14 28 Jul 22
I started training BJJ at this gym immediately after the COVID-19 lockdowns and couldn't have felt more welcomed training at this gym. Always plenty of smiles with across the gym and such a great culture. Definitely a great place to train mixed martial arts, with the lunch time sessions which works really well especially for work/life balance and working from home arrangements!
Connor McCartneyConnor McCartney
10:55 26 Jul 22
Trained here for almost a year now and couldn’t be happier. All the coaches make it easy for beginners to start and learn quickly, and to progress more advanced students skills. If your thinking of a gym to start for the first time or to continue your training somewhere different this is the place to be!
bruce rigbybruce rigby
10:05 26 Jul 22
Iv known coach john donehue for as long as iv been in the sport of jiu jitsu and mma. a more knowledgable, understanding and caring coach ud be hard presses to find....that shows in the family friendly club culture. Great coaching staff and students, friendly front of house and a high standard of fitness and technique. 100% recomend to come down.
santhan Kurosakisanthan Kurosaki
10:08 03 Dec 20
Professional. Have various disciples and have a boxing ring !!Bit expensive but has a small gym inside which can be used for free for members
CoolHandShoozeCoolHandShooze
10:46 24 Nov 20
Great place, great people.
James ChiuJames Chiu
10:27 30 Jan 20
Great place to train. The people are friendly and are extremely helpful. Everytime I have question the students or the coach take their time to give me tips and advice.I highly recommend this place to train. You will not be disappointed.
pbaranov .pbaranov .
22:34 10 Dec 19
Excellent place. You feel welcome the moment you walk trough the door. Big thanks to the muay thai coach Romeo for his patience and guidance.
Perry KatopodisPerry Katopodis
00:45 23 Aug 19
Great gym and some of the most friendly and welcoming people you'll ever meet. Ive been training BJJ for only a month and a half but i feel really welcomed. The gym creates a culture that revolves around respect, acceptance and friendliness as well as having a strong work ethic and its super enjoyable to come to every class.
Nishaan VigneswaranNishaan Vigneswaran
12:08 04 Aug 19
If you're new to the martial arts scene or even have years of experience under your belt, JD's gym is a great school to learn BJJ, boxing or muay thai. The gym is really clean and the members all understand how to maintain their personal hygiene when it comes to a full contact sport.In terms of coaching jiu jitsu, head coach JD knows exactly what he's doing. His knowledge and understanding of the art is extremely high which he is able to simplify down into an easy to understand way. I would recommend checking out his interview to get to know more about his background - A rare interview with John Donehue.The two boxing coaches Franco and Romeo are also legends. They are both super friendly and treat all their students equally. Francos also a really good boxing coach if you're also looking to take boxing seriously.If you're thinking about taking the next step, all i could say is i wish i started earlier. Good luck!
Yue ZhuoYue Zhuo
02:23 12 Jul 19
I have been training here with boxing coach Franco for 1.5 years, he is a really professional and passionate coach. The staffs here are really really really friendly! I feel so lucky to meet all these people here and they have made my boxing traning experience so fun and enjoyable!
Arunika WeeratungaArunika Weeratunga
10:49 01 Jul 19
I've only been training at this gym for 3 months but it's amazing how quickly it has become like a second home! The coaches and staff are all very welcoming, and even for someone like me, who is a complete beginner in jiu jitsu, it has been an easy transition. And if you are more experienced there are also advanced classes available. All the coaches are very patient and happy to answer any questions you have. I highly recommend this place for both new and experienced fighters!
suhail singhsuhail singh
11:04 13 Jun 19
Hi all,My name is Suhail and I have been a member of John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA for nearly 4 months. Since I have been here not only have I learned the art of self defence but have also been able to become part of this amazing family. All my brothers and sisters at the gym are hard working, committed and trust worthy people that have never let me down. I would be lost without my family so I would really like to take this opportunity to thank them. If you are looking for a place to train martial arts but more importantly a family John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA is the place for you.Kind regards, Suhail😁
YOUY LEELEYOUY LEELE
06:24 06 Jun 19
friendly environment. excellent coaches with great skills and patience. great service and Kaz is excellent and super friendly. great place for relax!!
Madeline NicholMadeline Nichol
10:25 05 Jun 19
Fantastic place to do all kinds of martial arts, very welcoming environment to encourage others to strive for their goals. Very friendly family orientated gym, the staff are absolutely amazing!! Especially cassidy and Aaron in developing and evolving JD's MMA gym into further higher goals. I can recommend JD's gym as my top favorite place to roll with my close friends.
A Google User
A Google User
09:58 04 Jun 19
I moved here from NZ six months ago and was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work and train under Coach John Donehue. The gym is clean, the coaches are supportive and attentive, and the vibe is always positive and welcoming. This is my second home and I see everyone here as my new Aussie family. I look forward to coming here everyday. Highly recommend to anyone looking to get fit, try something new, or just to be part of an awesome community. If it wasn’t for these guys I would’ve gone back to NZ already 😛
Cassidy Ray-MatthewsCassidy Ray-Matthews
09:58 04 Jun 19
I moved here from NZ six months ago and was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work and train under Coach John Donehue.The gym is clean, the coaches are supportive and attentive, and the vibe is always positive and welcoming.This is my second home and I see everyone here as my new Aussie family. I look forward to coming here everyday.Highly recommend to anyone looking to get fit, try something new, or just to be part of an awesome community. If it wasn’t for these guys I would’ve gone back to NZ already 😛
Perpetual BonerPerpetual Boner
10:50 27 Feb 19
Friendly staff, great teachers and routine, the mats are one of the best the only downsides are really the size of the facility, its just a little small and the gym room is relatively the size of a bedroom but the equipment there is fairly decent and is good enough for a quick workout. in the end it is worth the money since you're being coached by John Donehue who was trained by the great Gene Lebell and Rigan Machado, which is quite surreal. Would definitely recommend going for a free into lesson for bjj.
Marcus HouldenMarcus Houlden
22:05 29 Nov 18
Found JDJJ & MMA roughly a month ago and it has been so amazing to train and grow there. The environment is so encouraging and motivating from the coaches and other members. Can't thank the coaches enough for being so thorough with technique, making sure that the small things aren't overlooked. I always look forward to training there
Cindy AdamsCindy Adams
23:24 12 Oct 18
🤗 Wow what an amazing place the people here are lovely we dealt with a lovely coach by the name of Romeo he works with the little kids he was amazing and really wanted to help our Little boy he’s grate with the children what an amazing coach.
JadeJade
12:27 11 Mar 16
JDJJ&MMA is home! My experience training here has been nothing but positive. The environment is intimidation-free, all members are welcoming and helpful. The gym is spotless, facilities are modern, the equipment is of great quality and in abundance. A wide variety of classes are offered which cater for all people at all levels. The coaches are world class, with all their knowledge and experience you couldn't ask for better. Learn from the best and get into the best shape of your life. Highly recommended!
Connor PorterConnor Porter
10:37 09 Mar 16
Coach John Donehue is a highly accomplished grappling coach with a wealth of knowledge spanning many years. His style of teaching suits everyone of all levels of experience, and the mental and physical exercise will push you to the limit. You will get fit quickly and have lots of fun. Glenn is the friendly face at reception that runs intensely rewarding fitness classes and Franco and Brent run fantastic boxing and Muay Thai classes. All in all, a highly sought after coach and gym. I would recommend to anyone.
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Our kids martial arts classes

Looking for a fun and rewarding activity for your kids in Melbourne? Consider enrolling them in the kids’ jiu jitsu classes at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Our gym is known worldwide for our range of classes, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), wrestling, boxing, and Muay Thai.

Our 800m2 facility is owned and run by the experienced Head Coach John Donehue and his team of skilled instructors. They work hard to create a welcoming, family-friendly environment where children of all ages and skill levels can thrive. Whether your child is looking to improve their physical fitness, self-defence skills, or simply have some fun, our kids’ jiu jitsu classes are a great choice.

At John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA, we understand that kids need specialised attention and instruction, which is why we offer specific classes tailored to their needs. Our experienced jiu jitsu coaches are dedicated to helping your child learn proper techniques and build confidence, all while having fun in a safe and supportive environment.

If you want your child to learn a new skill, make new friends, and have fun while doing it, come join us for a kids’ jiu jitsu class today. We’re confident that you’ll see why we’re one of the best martial arts gyms in Melbourne!

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The Belt System

Like most martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a belt system that indicates a student’s level of proficiency. The children’s belt system consists of five belts, each with five levels of stripes. The belt colours are white, grey, yellow, orange and green. The stripes represent progress within each belt level, with the number of stripes ranging from one to four.

The Ranking System

The ranking system in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is based on a combination of technical ability, attendance, and time spent training. Children can advance through the ranks by demonstrating their knowledge and mastery of the techniques, attending classes regularly, and accumulating training hours. The time required to progress through each belt level varies depending on the student’s age, skill level, and dedication to the practice.

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The Benefits of the Children's Rank System

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu children’s rank system offers several benefits for children who practise the art. First and foremost, it provides a sense of accomplishment and progression that can boost their self-esteem and motivation. It also teaches them the value of hard work, discipline, and perseverance, as they must put in the time and effort to advance through the ranks. Additionally, the rank system provides a clear roadmap for their progress, allowing them to set goals and track their achievements.

Frequently asked questions

What is kids jiu jitsu?

A: Kids jiu jitsu is a form of martial arts that teaches children self-defence techniques, physical fitness, discipline, and focus.

Is jiu jitsu safe for kids?

A: Yes, jiu jitsu is a safe martial art for kids when taught by qualified instructors in a supportive and supervised environment.

Do kids need any prior experience to start jiu jitsu?

A: No, prior experience is not necessary. Jiu jitsu is a beginner-friendly martial art that can be learned by children of all skill levels.

Is jiu jitsu only for boys?

A: No, jiu jitsu is for both boys and girls. It is a great activity for building confidence and self-esteem in children of all genders.

What are the benefits of jiu jitsu for kids?

A: Jiu jitsu can help children develop self-discipline, focus, self-esteem, physical fitness, coordination, and social skills.

Will my child get injured during jiu jitsu practice?

A: While injuries are always a possibility in any physical activity, qualified instructors prioritise safety and teach children proper techniques to minimise the risk of injury.

What should my child wear to jiu jitsu class?

A: Our kids jiu jitsu program requires all students to wear a clean white Gi.

How often should my child attend jiu jitsu class?

A: The frequency of attendance can vary, but most children attend 2 classes per week. Consistency is key for progress in jiu jitsu.

Can jiu jitsu help my child with bullying?

A: Yes, jiu jitsu can help children learn self-defence techniques and build confidence, which can help prevent and address bullying situations. However, it is important to also address the underlying causes of bullying and seek additional support if needed.