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Hamilton, Ontario Children’s Karate and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) Programs

Thinking about having your child start training in martial arts?

I really think that it’s great idea!

I’ve been training in martial arts since the age of 5 and the sport has provided me with so many great things during my lifetime.

As an instructor I find it extremely rewarding to see the young students that train at Joslin’s Mixed Martial arts enjoy many of the same benefits that martial arts has given me.

I’m very proud to say that we’ve taught over 10,000 students since we opened our doors for business nearly 50 years ago. More than half of those students were children between the ages of 4-15

When it comes to our curriculum for children, safety is always our highest priority. All of our classes are run in a safe training environment and are designed to be extremely fun and exciting from start to finish.

What will your child learn?

The program you child will take part in is made up of 100% practical martial arts techniques that work!

Over the years I’ve adjusted and improved our curriculum so that your child will waste absolutely no time practicing techniques that are ineffective or outdated. With every lesson they will become more capable of defending themselves and will benefit in many other ways including the following:

        • Increased self-confidence & self-esteem
        • Increased patience
        • The ability to set,work for and achieve goals
        • The instilling of physical fitness training habits that last a lifetime
        • Increased strength, agility, co-ordination, speed and balance
        • The power of a positive mindset
        • The ability to follow their own path and deal with peer pressure; to be a leader and not a follower
        • Real self-defense skills that will allow them to stay safe
        • The confidence and skills to deal with bullies

As a member of the Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts children’s program, you’re child will have access to several types of classes,


Karate is a great martial art for kids! Your child will learn the importance of focus, listening, goal setting and many other skills that will benefit them outside of the gym as well: All while developing the ability to defend themselves and keep safe.

Many physical confrontations can end up with your child being grabbed, thrown or pinned on the ground; That is why we also instruct them on how to escape bear hugs, head locks, choke holds, being pinned to the floor and other very dangerous situations. By learning these things, your child will be develop self defense skill that works very well in realistic situations.

In addition to the physical movements of Karate, we teach our students how to deal with aggression, bullying and other problematic issues, by using non-physical means.

We Get’em moving!
Our classes are a great way for children to develop the great habit of staying fit. Every class follows a similar format:

  • Starts with a 5 to 10 minute warm-up including running, jumping jacks, jump rope, stretches and plyometric exercises.
  • The main portion of the class which follows involves the practice of striking combinations, self defense techniques and other skill developing drills.
  • Class concludes with a three- to five-minute cool-down that often involves a fun and skill building drill that the students absolutely love!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

I’d say at least 70% of real physical attacks end up on the ground.

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes will give your child a chance to spend extra time working on their ground self defense skill.

Techniques taught include break falls (learning how to fall safely), positional escapes, controlling tactics, throws, take downs, and submission holds (10 & up only).

We find that children really love the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes! Watch your child’s endurance, strength, co-ordination and confidence grow as they progress through the belts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Here’s a video showing one of our young students breaking down a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Technique. It also contains some action from the kids class.

Our experienced instructors run every class in a fun, exciting and safe way to ensure your child class experience is always a positive one.

Click on the link below to sign your child up for 1 Week of FREE UNLIMITED Training:


Jeff Joslin
Owner/Head Instructor
Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts

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  •   Joslins mma is a great place to learn martial arts and get fit. The club is great for the recreational person or high level pro fighter. And everyone is friendly and welcoming.

    thumb Andrew Walsh
  •   The people at Joslin's become your family! Great place to learn and train!

    thumb Geoff St-Denis
  •   I can't tell u the time I had here and looking forward to coming back kids love this place I love this place :)) How can anybody not love this place taking personal growth to a whole new level

    thumb Kyro Parry
  •   I found Jeff Joslin to be extremely knowledgeable and passionate. He has a special patience and a gift for teaching and encouraging all students. The other instructors also share his genuine desire to help the students learn and git fit. I've found the members to be very friendly and always encouraging as we learn and practice together. The all around fitness obtained from attending regular classes is amazing.

    thumb Zen Maszczak
  •   Jeff Joslin is one of the best teachers I have meet it takes a special kinda person to teach bjj and explain it that so many different people and skill levels can understand and grow with the sport Jeff is that kinda guy �

    thumb Craig Readings
  •   Joslin's is the best MMA school by far! Jeff Joslin and all the instructors are well versed in their crafts. As soon as I walked through the door I felt like I've been part of a team. No egos or negativity allowed. Only positivity, hard work, and results!

    thumb Kyle Martin
  •   Quality instructors with great team environment. Large space to train and a positive atmosphere.

    thumb Ryan Burney
  •   Always fun to train in a club that makes you feel welcome. Great group of people to train with. Also the instructors are knowledgable and always trying to introduce new things in your jujitsu life.

    thumb Jason Barros
  •   I've been a member of this Dojo for at least 5 months now. I can tell you that I've never felt more fit . From Jeff and all the coaches to all its members , Joslins is truly a great positive energized place to get fit, have fun, build confidence and be inspired to find your greatest self at any age, or any fitness level. I recommend Joslins to any one that wants to find there own greatness because Joslins will help you find it with a little hard work. I plan on being a member for a long time .

    thumb Garry Johns
  •   Hands down best JiuJitsu, MMA, Kickboxing club in Hamilton. One of the best clubs to train at in Canada!

    thumb Adam Wallace