Students at Danny Savery Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu may notice some of our teen students wearing a striking, triangular patch on their right shoulder. This is the emblem of the STORM Team Member! STORM is an acronym that stands for “Special Team Of Role Models.” Students involved in the STORM Team are aspiring leaders and were handpicked by instructors for their potential as teachers.
STORM Members assist with our various Tiny Tots’ and Kids’ programs, acting as assistant instructors in order to learn how to be a proper role model and coach to our youth. They are required to come on specific scheduled days and are responsible for their appearance, their credit for assisting with that class, and for calling out if they are unable to attend (not unlike most jobs that these young teens will be finding themselves facing in the future!) STORM Team prepares these young teens for the future, as they learn how to take responsibility for their work and become reliable, on top of providing them the skills of a good teacher.
As they assist, STORM Members progress through a Ranking System, indicated by blue chevron patches near their STORM emblem patch. The more chevrons they have, the more experience a Member has with assisting. Those with 3 or 4 patches have even taught entire classes themselves! Once a Member has reached Rank 4 (indicated b y 4 chevron patches), they have the ability to become an official DSBJJ Assistant Instructor: a paying job helping teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and/or Kickboxing in those very same classes they were assisting in. By that point, however, there is nothing they can’t handle!
The STORM Team is an invite-only group. Students that are of a certain rank and show potential leadership skills will receive an invitational letter by the instructors if they are deemed a good fit for the STORM Team. Those who wish to join must work hard in these aspects in order to be noticed.
If you want to see the STORM Team in action, various members are assigned to the following days and times: Tiny Tots – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 4:30pm. Kids’ BJJ – Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00pm. Kids’ Kickboxing – Monday and Wednesday at 5:00pm.