Trench Tech launches MMA classes for children


Trench Tech will start its mixed martial arts classes for children this Saturday with the goal of teaching children discipline and respect as well as proper fighting techniques. (Contributed Photo)

Trench Tech Gym will start its mixed martial arts classes for children tomorrow, April 4, with the goal of teaching children discipline and respect as well as proper fighting techniques.

According to Cuki Alvarez, Trench Tech founder and president, with the Kid’s MMA Class, the first thing that is taught is discipline and respect along with the basics and fundamental movements and footwork and coordination drills that come with training any sport.

“We’ll train them to understand that the skills they learn can be harmful to others if used irresponsibly. We will work closely with the parents of all the children and promote, honor, respect and humility. MMA is a sport and not a ruthless martial arts and should be handled accordingly and with discipline and discretion,” he said.

Alvarez said the class will mainly focus on teaching the children striking drills with the punching bags and will also offer partner wrestling and grappling drills and techniques that will enhance their skills, hand eye coordination, balance, and strength and conditioning.

The Kid’s MMA Class will be open to children ages 6 to 12 every Saturday morning from 9:30am to 10:30am.

Trench Tech plans on doing a package deal which will include Kid’s BJJ Classes and Kid’s MMA Classes for $65 a month.

The program will run for as long as there are children and parents interested in having their children train in MMA.

Alvarez said Trench Tech decided to expand MMA to children upon requests from parents.

“There was an interest from a few of the parents whose children are training in our Brazilian Jiu J Kids’ program every Tuesday and Thursday. At the same time, we offer Adult Kick Boxing classes and a lot of the parents were also asking about a Kid’s Kick Boxing class, so we decided to cater to the demand and give it a try where kids can learn both ground fighting and stand up fighting and what better way than teaching MMA, which originally was Trench Tech’s base training since we first started,” he said.

Trench Tech wants to assure parents who are a bit hesitant to enroll their children that Trench Tech has capable instructors with more than enough experience to ensure that their children are safe while training.

“As with all sports, the potential for danger always exists. Injuries can and will occur if you do it long enough. It’s only a matter of time. But of course, at Trench Tech, our experienced instructors will guide the kids and coach them diligently in both the physical and mental aspect of the art,” he said.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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