Kids Mixed Martial Arts

Kids class line_up
Kid punch       target practice

Mini Monkeys (ages 5-8) & Junior Monkeys (ages 9-12)

The IMS Kids & Youth Mixed Martial Arts program is an introduction to the predominant styles of what is commonly known as Mixed Martial Arts, or modern Pankration. Pankration is the ancient Olympic sport that spread from Greece throughout the then “known world” by the Conquests of Alexander the Great. Over time this sport and training method of Greece’s soldiers influenced, and in some cases began certain Asian Martial Arts that were then re-invented with their own cultural and practical emphasis. Modern Pankration, or Mixed Martial Arts is the re-semblance of the original elements of Pankration (all powers) in a sport form, but with superior self defense effectiveness to what most art forms, or mixes of a few “traditional” styles commonly practiced.

This curriculum teaches the fundamentals of Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Catch Wrestling and Sambo along with the necessary discipline and work ethic to be proficient, but in a fun and “play” practice. Just as important, we teach confidence and respect of oneself through respecting others. We want our students to be responsible and caring individuals who understand that it is better, and healthier to consider the “we” over “me” approach, which promotes a productive and more rewarding life.

 

1st SCC Kids Sparring Tournament

Saturday, October 8th @ Scott’s Valley Gym

Registration 9-9:30 am, then closes for competition @ 10 am. $10 per event. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals.

We welcome all local Santa Cruz and Monterey County schools to participate in what we intend to become a long and fun tradition for our Martial Arts kids. Kids will be matched up by weight and amount of experience rather than belt rank as these very from school to school.

We want every kid to have a safe, fun and positive experience and reserve the right to exclude participants and schools from future events by “sand bagging” for an advantage, or conducting themselves unbecoming of a Martial Artist at this event. We do not anticipate this of course, but will be monitoring for it.

Kumite Sparring:

– Two 2 minute rounds w a 1 minute break.

– Punches and kicks to the body and legs.

– NO contact to the head, neck, groin or back. NO knee or elbow strikes. NO takedowns.

– Points awarded for effective strikes landed (no tag).

– Required Gear: head gear, gloves (provided), mouth piece, cup and soft (not soccer) shin guards (not provided). Body protector optional.

* Each event will be proceeded with another rules explanation so those participating in, or coaching can have questions addressed.

Grappling:

– One 5 minute round starting from the feet.

– Points awarded for takedowns (1-2), position control (1), reversals (1),  near catches (1) and submissions (6).

– Instead of a win for a submission, we will award maximum points so there are no quick victories, and our kids get a chance to learn and have a fun experience.

– Required Gear: Either a gi, or rash guard and shorts. No T-shirts. Wrestling head gear optional.

* Each event will be proceeded with another rules explanation so those participating in, or coaching can have questions addressed.

Brazilian jiu Jitsu: Standard BJJ rules which will be explained by our Head BJJ ref Gustavo Froes at the rules meetings which will proceed each respective event.

– Required Gear: A regulation gi and mouth piece, wrestling head gear optional.

* Each event will be proceeded with another rules explanation so those participating in, or coaching can have questions addressed.

Kids Olympic Pankration: This is an EXHIBITION match between two IMS students to DEMONSTRATE Olympic Pankration in an effort to opromote the sport in Northern California. With enough interest we will determine if this is something our community will support and begin a regional division.

The link below is video of the USFL league rules. For kids, elbows and knees would be excluded.

http://www.fightleague.org/Rules.html