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Much can be learned, relearned, or remembered from teaching children. They are as much our teachers as we are theirs. If you free yourself of your own indoctrination, you will quickly realize that their state of being is one of fluid, natural, and receptive acceptance of the universe. The common martial art's philosophy of fluid yielding and movement is living and well represented in children already. As guides we need only to protect and preserve this wellspring and assist them in transferring it smoothly into adulthood. If done correctly, they will mature with the courage and responsibility to successfully pass along what they themselves never lost; their sense of adventure, wonder, and the joy to explore beyond the limits of current modalities of thought.

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”- Joseph Chilton Pearce

Children have a natural confidence from the moment they are born. They explore, improvise, and innovate with anything at their disposal. Unfortunately in many cases, this source of light is conditioned erroneously, and eventually they cease to be the gifted learners they were born to be.

"Work is seen as play and discipline is simply the rules of the game."

At ODMA…

1. We do not train children, we assist them to develop to their full potential.

2. We do not condition them to respond predictably through rote technique, we provide the conditions for them to evolve and create dynamic means by which to achieve success.

3. We do not use a win or lose paradigm. We use incremental and progressively increasing challenges in complexity, intensity, and unpredictability to provide the child with positive feedback and "errorless learning."

4. We are not there to think for them. We are there to reinforce an environment conducive to the stability and maintenance of independence, freedom, and creativity.

ODMA's and Budokan's own Christian Perez takes Gold at the USJI Junior National Olympics in Indiana!

Christian is already a phenomenal grappler at the age of six and uses the best of Judo and BJJ to keep his opponent's guessing. If only they could see his boxing skills!

2005 US National's Footage

Children's Team Competive Record/ Tournament Accomplishments:

  • First Place Kid's Team
    FFC GRAPPLING OPEN - May 5th, 2001 at Miami, FL
  • State Kid's Team Champions
    NAGA FLORIDA STATE GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIPS - September 22, 2001 at Miami, FL
  • National Kid's Team Champions
    NAGA US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Miami, FL December 8, 2001
  • First Kid's Team Runner Up
    THE SOUTHEAST GRAPPLING CHALLENGE - March 2, 2002 at Miami, FL
  • First Kid's Team Runner Up
    THE SUBMISSION GRAPPLING OPEN II - August 3, 2002 at Miami, FL
  • First Kid's Team Runner Up
    THE SOUTHEAST GRAPPLING CHALLENGE II -April 26, 2003 at Miami, FL
  • First Place Kid's Team Champions
    NAGA US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Miami 2003
  • National Kid's Team Champions
    NAGA US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Miami 2003
  • National Kid's Team Champions
    NAGA US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Miami, FL February 7th, 2004

  • National Kid's Team Champions
    NAGA Pro AM Kid's Team Champions - June 26, 2004
  • 2005 Kid's & Teens US NAGA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS - Coral Springs February 5th, 2005

 

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