Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a Martial Arts school for my child or myself?

Think about the things you would take into consideration when picking a school for yourself ( clean facility, credentials of the instructor(s), family environment, team atmosphere, professionalism, effectiveness of the style, etc..). A lot of these characteristics of a school will be also very important for your child. Nevertheless one should take extra precautions and special considerations when children are involved.

Here is a simple list of things to consider:

  • Playtime or Growth: When choosing a school it is important to understand what you want your child to gain from learning the martial art. If it light recreation and playtime, then a community center program may fit your needs. If it self-defense, personal development, and fun, then a full-time professional school will be more suitable! A good and professional martial arts program should be a big part of their child’s educational development.
  • The Instructor: Choosing a school is really choosing the instructor. We recommend you visit the school and watch the instructor work with children of the same age. Not all schools are created equal and every instructor is different. A good instructor should have:
    • Credentials
    • Play Games with his students.
    • Make sure that his students are performing the technique correctly.
    • Expect his students to make little mistakes.
    • Avoid negative discipline when possible.
    • Teach by positively support his students (e.g. Good Job! High Five!)
    • Will praise the child when he perform a task well ( e.g. Mom Dad look how good Timmy performs the technique)
    • Use martial art as a channel to teach the child valuable life skills (count, vocabulary, etc.,.)
  • Trust your instincts. The school should have a family atmosphere (lots of smiles, clean, professional and a safe environment, behavioral and disciplinary rules in the walls for the children to see everyday).Does it look professional, warm and inviting? Are handouts presentable and well written? Is it well kept? You need to feel comfortable with the personnel and the facility. Sometimes the school may be a little bit further a way from your house, but trust us…when it comes to safety and professionalism the extra drive can make a world of difference.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

In a nutshell, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( BJJ ) is a predominantly ground oriented martial art which was originally derived from traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. In the mid-1920’s, Carlos Gracie opened the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He taught the skills he learned from Japanese Judo master Esai Maeda. The skills were later modified to use less strength and to be more effective against larger opponents. In the past decade, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s popularity has spread due to its success in mixed martial arts contests and no holds barred contests. The art is heavily based around the development of numerous submission holds, but emphasis is also placed on gaining and maintaining advantageous positions. As a result is a very effective method of self-defense because it teaches the practitioner how to move and defend against attacks on the ground or standing. A Jiu-Jitsu student will learn to control his opponent without causing unnecessary harm or injuries

Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for my children instead of Karate, Taekwondo, etc..?

What do you want your children to get out of a martial arts program?

  • Is your goal for your children to have FUN? YES!
  • Is your goal for your children to learn DISCIPLINE? YES!
  • Is your goal for your children to gain SELF-ESTEEM & CONFIDENCE? YES!
  • Is your goal for your children to gain FALSE SENSE OF SELF-CONFIDENCE and ABILITY TO DEFEND HIMSELF? NO!

I am not saying that every martial arts place in town does not provide a program that will teach your kid to properly defend themselves, but it is very hard to find one. They do a very good job at providing the FUN, the DISCIPLINE, and the INTERACTIVE ATMOSPHERE. This is really good and this is why it is very important you get your child in a martial arts program right away.

But there is good, better, and then there is best. Martial Arts program are great for kids self-esteem and confidence, but not all are created equal. For as good as a martial arts program can be at helping a kid through younger years, it can’t mean anything later if the kid realizes that what he learned in class won’t help him in a real confrontation against a stronger child. I have heard some adults look back at their martial arts experience and refer to them as a false feeling of confidence.

Unfortunately, when the child realizes or believes that they have been lied about one thing they assume everything else that they were taught might have been wrong, even if this is not the case.

Kicking and punching bags or air and breaking boards are not enough because most fights end on the ground. So we teach your kid to defend against takedowns, to take opponents down and to defend himself/herself on the ground with an opponent on top. We also teach how to control an opponent without hurting them. That’s why Jiu-Jitsu is the ultimate program for your kid.

It will:

  • Build confidence
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Teach Them Leadership Skills
  • Increased Physical Aptitude and Fitness
  • Accelerate Mental Development
  • Teach Them Realistic Self-Defense Skills

Will my child stick with this? What if they want to quit this to?

This is one of the main concerns of parents. Let’s study the example below:

Will my child commit himself to this? I ask because so far you never know with kids, one day they love it, the next day the want to do something else …

The first day of school half of the kids are excited , the other half not so excited and afraid. The next day the first half don’t want to come back and the second half now loves it. But they all have to go to school because it’s necessary for their growth.

TThe program is not just Jiu-Jitsu for recreational and fun. While Jiu-Jitsu is inherently fun there are many benefits that also come along. At the end of the day it is an investment you are making for your child with his time.

Any given day your child will say “I don’t feel like going to jiu-jitsu class today”, or “I’m to tired” or even “I don’t like it anymore”.

They probably attempted that technique with many other things in the past including school, vegetables, homework, brushing their teeth, etc…

Your child doesn’t really mean that he doesn’t want to go to class; it’s just that they don’t want to go to class at the given moment. Even for many adults it is difficult to consistently keep committed to things that are beneficial for them (exercise, healthy diet, reading, etc..) , but most adults will understand that their decision it is not necessarily the best one; a child does not have this ability yet. They are not born with behavioral manuals. They don’t know right from wrong from the very beginning.

When your child says “I don’t feel like going to jiu-jitsu class today”, or “I’m to tired” or even “I don’t like it anymore” what you are really experiencing is a critical time in your child’s development and a built in “teachable moment” for you and your child. With your help and the help of their Martial Arts instructor, your child has an opportunity to learn about determination and commitment.

After class, they will of course feel good about themselves for having gone to class., lust like we do after pushing ourselves to exercise and overcoming laziness.

I don’t want to push anything on my child

Don’t worry too much about “pushing a martial arts program on your child”. If you didn’t push them to go to school, they wouldn’t do that either. There’s a big difference between helping a child follow through on a goal they’ve helped to set and have agreed to achieve and forcing something on a child.

  • Strategy #1: Make sure your child is doing something less interesting to him or her a half hour prior to going to martial arts class. For instance, a child doing homework or chores will usually jump at the chance to take a break and go to class. On the other hand, a child playing video games may not want to stop shooting aliens to go to class. If your child is outside playing with friends, is it any surprise that they don’t want to stop to go to class?
  • Strategy #2: Help your child set short-term goals when they begin classes. For example, each new belt level is a goal. Once they achieve that goal, their new belt, they can then decide if they want to continue with the classes, but with the understanding that there will be no quitting until the next belt is achieved. Usually a child is so excited to receive their new belt they would of course want to stay and learn their new material. At each belt level our students must complete certain criteria that will allow them to be promoted to the next belt. As they complete the criteria, they are rewarded and this gives them a sense of accomplishment. It also motivates them to keep going on to the next level.

How can one activity have such an impact on my child?

Good Question! In our program, we don’t believe in just teaching children to punch and kick. We work to help build your child’s character. During classes, you’ll see your child’s energy, confidence, and spirit rise while he or she becomes strong and confident. We’re not just talking about physical strength–but the kind of strength it takes to resist peer pressure and other negative aspects of life.

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program will arm your child with a host of positive mental and physical skills that will help him in school, at home and in life

The result? Your child will learn to succeed! You’ll see a new kind of discipline emerging . . . the kind that will positively affect all areas of his or her life. You’ll notice an increased respect for others, and most importantly, for herself. A powerful mind/body connection that makes them unstoppable in life!

It’s incredible, but true. The martial arts is not only a sport that can be enjoyed throughout a lifetime, but can also improve your quality of life! Just CLICK HERE to head over to our Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu website and read some of the testimonials! The benefits for Adults have been tremendous and we all know how much quicker Kids learn than Adults!

Even if your child is involved in sports, it may not be enough. Recent studies show that programs like ours that focus on personal achievement are vastly more effective than team sports!

Where can I find information about what is happening at the club?

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On top of that you will receive articles that will help your child’s development like:

  • Why Homework Is A Great Thing
  • 12 Tips On How To Walk Away With Confidence
  • How to Defeat Bullies Without Violence
  • And Many More…

Will my child become too aggressive if he studies the martial arts?

No. Students learn self-restraint and discipline as part of the training.

One of the main rules at the academy:

Rule #9: NEVER USE WHAT YOU LEARN IN THIS CLASS UNLESS YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

One of the great things about any martial arts training is that Students are taught when it is appropriate to use what they learn. Martial arts tend to “normalize” students. If the student is too aggressive or too passive (neither state being optimal) they will be brought toward being assertive.

What is a Black Belt club Member?

A Black Belt Club member is a student who, in conjunction with one or more of the instructors, has set themself the goal of advancing to black belt.

Will the martial arts really teach my child discipline?

Yes. Actually, the martial arts are probably the foremost tool at your disposal for teaching children self-discipline and respect. Self-discipline is inherent in the structure of a typical martial arts class. In a good school, the students are motivated to learn how to control their actions, and to behave in a respectful and disciplined way. Eventually, the self-discipline students exhibit every day in class will become second nature and start showing up outside of class – at home and at school.

What will my child learn in the martial arts?

While the physical aspects of the martial arts are most well known, they are but the tip of the iceberg. Confidence, Respect, Self-Discipline, a Positive Attitude and the “never give up” attitude are just a few of the character benefits inherent in martial arts training. While every student is unique and therefore develops at their own pace, these qualities usually start to manifest themselves in 2 – 3 months. We make participation fun so regular exercise becomes enjoyable and a habit habit. The martial arts are specifically designed to develop individuals with strong minds, bodies, and character.

What is the right age to start in the martial arts?

The martial arts may be started at any age. While there are martial art styles that are better for certain age groups than others, as long as there is an interest, it is a good time to start. Remember to watch actual classes to get a feel for the particular style of martial art, teaching style of the instructor and atmosphere of the school. All of these are important considerations when deciding to start training in the martial arts. Most schools will start young children at 3, 4, or 5 years of age.

just took my first ever BJJ class, excellent coaching and very welcoming environment. Be prepared for the work out of your life .will defiantly come back.read more
Josh Mcfalls
Josh Mcfalls
11:28 28 Sep 20
Super Friendly and Super Accommodating! Third Law is great about giving folks a chance to check it out and really get acquainted without pressure or hefty fees. They even have a free 30 day trial! Big, spacious facility and great equipment, main work is BJJ and Muay Thai for adults, and they do a lot of great work for kids and with junior programs. You guys rock!read more
Tristan
Tristan
04:12 12 Jun 20
I started going to Team Third Law for martial arts training, and was welcomed by the students and staff. They have expansive facilities and are thoroughly equipped to teach adults as much as they are willing to learn. As soon as my wife and I felt our son was ready, he too was enrolled, and if I thought the adult program was great, the kids programs are over the top. The level at which the instructors are able to engage the children is staggering. My wife and I are very impressed. Since then, I have also started to do strength training and my wife intends to enroll in martial arts as well. Couldn't recommend Team Third Law enough!read more
Adrian Martinez
Adrian Martinez
19:50 20 Apr 20
I can’t express enough how great team third law is. I have my son is the Academic program and Martial Arts program. The academic program has help my son improved in school and my son love marital program. He always looks forwards coming here. I highly recommend this place.read more
Destiny Perez
Destiny Perez
21:55 28 Oct 19
love this place! instructors really want you to learn techniques and why the moves are effective. great way to stay in shape and meet people with similar interests as opposed to just going to a gymread more
Kimberly Coplon
Kimberly Coplon
20:46 27 Aug 19
I've been a member for about seven months now; and this is by and far the best 'gym' experience I have ever had. Master Roberto's method of teaching and emphasis on technique and learning is an excellent basis to easily learn the basics of BJJ, Boxing, Muy Thai or any of the other sports that are trained. Coaches Katy and Joe truly do an excellent job of Customer Service. Assisting and supporting you through your journey in the Art of Combat Sports. Finally, the people are just as fantastic. This IS NOT an all out, stereotypical, gym. The environment is family-friendly, inviting, open, and everyone is focused on helping each other master the concepts being drilled. I happily and highly recommend this gym to anyone looking to train.read more
A T
A T
12:24 21 May 19
Best jiu jitsu school I have trained at.
Santiago Bojanic
Santiago Bojanic
19:20 01 May 19
I visited for the first time last night, everyone was extremely nice and welcoming. The technique was very good and detail oriented. I'll definitely be back and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about trying Jiu-Jitsu or visiting an academy that welcomes visitors without ego.read more
Devin Jones
Devin Jones
12:13 11 Jan 19
I was in town for a couple of days and absolutely needed a place to train. Team Third Law opened their doors and as soon as warm ups started Coach Joey made me feel like part of the family. I have trained all over the country and I can say that the techniques thought at Third Law is some of the best. I was very impressed by how well the coaches can break down the moves so that everyone at all levels of the sport can pick them up no problem. Next time i'm back in area i'll definitely be stopping by.read more
Brandon Friedman
Brandon Friedman
21:41 17 Dec 18
Our children have been with Master Roberto, Coach Katy and Team Third Law for over 5 years now. Team Third Law is a great partner who reinforces what we strive to teach at home. They not only help our kids stay strong physically but also mentally. I appreciate these professionals and completely trust them with our children.read more
Mai Huynh-Le
Mai Huynh-Le
15:07 01 Oct 18
My experience at Team third Law has been life changing. My son has been training at Third Law for many years now and school has always seems to be improving, even when you think it has it all Master Roberto always find something to add to make the school better. They have top class instructors that make you feel welcome and really know how to explain things so their students keep improving. Team Third Law is not just a team we are a family.read more
Mabel Munguia
Mabel Munguia
22:41 30 Sep 18
My son Cory has attended Third Law for 6 years now. Starting as a little ninja and is now on the kids competition team. He was in the after school program. He went to summer camp many times. He has made many great friends and has been mentored by all of the awesome instructors! They are great people! Every facet of training in Jiu Jitsu and mentoring in life lessons has made a huge and positive impact on him. As a single mother I can’t stress how grateful i am for their presence and genuine interest in how my son grows and develops into manhood. Team Third Law absolutely rocks!!!!! M Cannanread more
Flappy The Frog
Flappy The Frog
19:15 30 Sep 18
Third Law should become your Jiu Jitsu home. The instruction is top-notch, the atmosphere is family (with everyone helping each other succeed.) You will get in the best shape of your life and you will learn to do things that you never thought you could.read more
Scott Kinney
Scott Kinney
18:29 28 Sep 18
A fantastic judo dojo! All of the instructors are high level, and very friendly. Great place for all ages to learn Martial arts and make friends in a safe atmosphere.read more
shinjiro sasaki
shinjiro sasaki
04:33 28 Sep 18
Such a great program for our kids and family. Would recommend to any parent interested in having their child maintain a healthy physical lifestyle.
William Ivan
William Ivan
23:45 27 Sep 18
Great place for beginners and advanced students. Instruction is simplified, but still includes great in depth details which is key in BJJ. Highly suggest for anybody in the Naples, FL area to check it out when looking for a place to train, learn self-defense, or simply get into shape!read more
DerekBailey
DerekBailey
09:34 22 Aug 18
As I'm from another country I really felt welcome. I was helped by Cathy and I got everything I needed to know so I could properly start. Didn't even bring a Gi with me but it was no hassle whatsoever.The class was a good combination of well rounded people and some new guys. As I'm a white belt myself I didn't feel uncomfortable at any point. Lot of mutual respect between the students. Our coaches and professor demonstrated a lot of knowledge and were able to make us combine a lot of techniques. At the end we mastered a couple of new moves and practiced some varieties on them. Very nice group, amazing atmosphere and super nice facilities. Would definitely recommend it!read more
Martin Hoving
Martin Hoving
21:03 27 May 18
Coach Katy, Coach Joey, and Coach Noah all made the tiny ninjas program fun, and kept our son Eli excited for each and every class. They always kept the classes engaging, fresh, and positive for the kids. Our son loved the new theme of the month (like teamwork, family, or manners to name a few) to work on and strive for new stripes on his belt and he made lots of new friends in the process.read more
Eli Max
Eli Max
19:35 26 May 18
We are 4 months in and our son loves this place. They don't just teach Jiu Jitsu - the classes incorporate life lessons about respect, discipline, family, etc. The staff and teachers are EXCELLENT - we highly recommend.read more
Jason Hodge
Jason Hodge
16:41 17 May 18
Joining Team Third Law was the best decision I have made since moving to Naples. It is exactly what I was looking for in a martial arts school. On top of having a great adults program, the kids programming is exceptional as well. If I had kids they would be in this program as soon as they were old enough. I refer friends to the kids program for their children. I would refer Team Third Law to anyone who's looking to compete, to someone just looking to learn some self defense skills. It has an element for everyone, without the intimidation factor that you find at other facilities. This is a warm, but hardworking environment .read more
Carly DuCharme
Carly DuCharme
13:16 09 Mar 18
Thanks so much for the awesome class and for letting me drop in while I’m in town. I had a great time here today. Very friendly and welcoming. I greatly appreciate that. Looking forward to coming back soon!!read more
Alexander Straus
Alexander Straus
19:34 07 Mar 18
Love this place. They are great with kids, teach the basics of jujitsu while also instilling great values and life lessons.
Oscar Nieves
Oscar Nieves
21:53 06 Mar 18
I visited the gym while visiting Naples to book some private lessons with coach Joey. I was not only impressed with my training with coach Joey but also with their group classes. I was welcomed as soon as I walked in the gym, the atmosphere was outstanding, felt like I have been training there for years; the way Master Roberto lays out the lesson plan and teaches is amazing. This is a family oriented gym and that I was why I also decided to bring my kids for privates which they loved! Well done Team Third Law, will be back as soon as I return to Naples!read more
fernando tito
fernando tito
18:31 04 Jan 18
My son and I were visiting from out of town over the holidays and needed a place for him to train since he's a varsity high school wrestler in California. Katy and Joey were super friendly and very accommodating, letting us work out for a few days. The facilities were great - exactly what we needed as wrestlers to help us get in a good work out. Perfect temperature in the room where we trained, making for a nice soft mat, and they had plenty of other great amenities. Thanks guys!!read more
Max Winkler
Max Winkler
19:08 02 Jan 18
Very impressed by facility and coaching staff! Respectful and professional from staff to participants. No attitudes just a sincere focus on fun and training.read more
Jim Graham
Jim Graham
14:10 31 Dec 17
This academy is amazing! I have trained all over the US and not only is this facility very professional and well kept, The Third Law academy exceeded my expectations for hospitality and most importantly instruction. Prof. Roberto treated me like his own student even though I was a guest and showed some really cool techniques. Can't wait to come back next time I'm in town!read more
Kevin
Kevin
22:30 22 Nov 17
It's been an amazing experience training at Team Third Law. It's a very clean, friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The coaches are all great at breaking down techniques in an understandable way. I'm proud to call this my BJJ home.read more
Mario Melucci
Mario Melucci
23:01 08 Nov 17
11/3/17 Visiting Naples on vacation. I received recommendation to try Third Law BJJ. I found Friendly and inviting staff with detailed instruction. Got some excellent rolls in. I would highly recommend this school for training. Larry B/ Purple beltread more
Lawrence B
Lawrence B
21:42 03 Nov 17
When you first walk in to Third Law Academy the atmosphere is amazing. The staff is very humble and go out of their way to insure you understand everything that is taught. If you are looking for a gym in this area I would recomend this place. I hope to one day be in this area again so that I can train here again.read more
Eric Willyerd
Eric Willyerd
13:38 01 Nov 17
I visited the gym when I was in town for work. I had an absolute blast! The instructor showed some great techniques and his method of instruction was well received by the class. From the second we walked through the door, we were greeted and accepted as if we had been training there for years. I’m definitely hoping more trips to FL are in my future! I highly recommend this club!!!read more
john hodges
john hodges
21:10 31 Oct 17
While visiting family in Ft. Myers Beach I contacted Third Law Academy to continue my BJJ journey. I was welcomed by Coach Joey and attended two of his 12 o'clock classes. Great experience! Coach Joey was very knowledgeable and taught the classes in a very structured manner that even an old man white belt like myself could follow. Also had the privilege of meeting Master Roberto and Coach Katy. Awesome program run by awesome folks!!read more
Robert Sanborn
Robert Sanborn
10:46 30 Sep 17
I was in town for a few days and was able to drop in for a night. The school was large and well lit, with a lot of mat space. The instructor was extremely welcoming as was the team, and I felt included in everything. I was having some trouble with the finer details of some of the technique, as my home gym uses a much different guard-passing system, and a brown belt helping with the class took the time come over and point out where I was going wrong. At the end of class I got to roll with a blue belt (same as me) and he was extremely tough with an awesome bottom half guard, which I could not pass to save my life. The instructors invited me back the next day, but I could not due to time constraints. Overall, I was very impressed, and had a great time training at third law.read more
Devin Ringwald
Devin Ringwald
14:09 17 Aug 17
Third Law is a great place to train in Naples. I had the pleasure of visiting while on vacation. Coach Kathy started with the grand tour of this sprawling facility with three separate mat areas. Roberto Torralbas teaches a very detailed beginners class followed by rolling and advanced (which could have gone to 1am and most often does). I had a blast rolling with both Coaches Joey and Joe. They pushed the pace to make sure I stayed on track for my upcoming Fight to Win match. I'll be back soon.read more
Chad Fields
Chad Fields
20:12 06 Jul 17
So jealous of guys and gals that get to call this place home. I stopped in with my girlfriend while traveling to train BJJ and they couldn't possibly have been more hospitable. The facility itself is very clean with tons of mat space but the most impressive part was the level of instruction from both Roberto and Joe. I have trained at a lot of different gyms while on the road and this is one I will make an effort to return to. Rolling with Roberto and Joe made me feel like a white belt again, in the best possible way. There is no better training this side of Florida, and so close to the beach too!read more
Luke Franchock
Luke Franchock
09:40 12 Apr 17
I was visiting from out of town and stopped in for a roll. Let me tell you that this was one of the best run schools that I've ever attended. The instructors were exceptional and the students were welcoming. I highly recommend Team Third Law Academy!!!read more
Matt Short
Matt Short
19:54 08 Apr 17
Was visiting the area from Minnesota and wanted to get some training in. I called and Katie invited me to stop in. No charge, just come by. I walked in and literally every single person greeted me with a handshake or a pound. Joe the instructor was super friendly and was kind enough to grapple with me at the end of class. Really great experience and I hope to swing through next time I'm in the area. Great place. read more
Dan Galvin
Dan Galvin
21:00 24 Mar 17
I will never forget the day that Mario and I found out about team third law and we had our first orientation. I thought we were just going to watch a video and just fill some papers . boy was I wrong ! From the very first day we were introduced to the mats and some starter techniques and of course I was freaking out. We always went to the gym and worked out before but this sport just seemed scary but we gave it a try . Let me tell you these are the friendliest down to earth people I have ever met and they made us feel just at home . If you have never done any sports before don't worry they will have patience with you because I know coach Katy and Master Roberto have had more than enough patience with me and you will never feel pressured or embarrassed . I can honestly say team third law blessed us and opened the door to many opportunities and great friends.read more
Diana Cruz
Diana Cruz
02:10 12 Mar 17