Would you like your kid to have improved discipline, focus, coordination, self confidence? I’m guessing you are shouting YES at your screen right now. The beautiful thing about kids, is how picking up good habits can be so easy at a young age. The younger you teach these habits, the better. The secret weapon for discipline, focus, coordination and self confidence? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu aka BJJ.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has had an unbelievable and rapid evolution – From its beginnings it evolved from Japanese Ju Jitsu and was revolutionized by the late Helio Gracie and then passed on down the Gracie family line. From here it has branched out to an endlessly evolving sport and combat system. MMA has meant that the system is always moving forward and changing to adapt with what suits MMA .
We’ve all heard kids are like sponges, and when it comes to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the same concept applies. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very special martial art and can help your kids in many ways. We believe that the practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is seen as a means to individual development and personal growth. Strength, self-awareness, respect, discipline and responsibility are common core values taught within our kid’s program.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children do an hour or more of physical activity daily; make it a combination of cardio, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities. With BJJ not only can kids be physically active, but also enjoy the activity while simultaneously learning how to defend themselves as well. Let’s step away from the physical side of the equation, and dive into the mental and emotional side. BJJ includes complex movements, all with their own names that are often in another language. Your child may find that memorizing and executing these skills does not come naturally, and him or her will have to develop great concentration to recall them, especially at belt testing.
The BJJ community is very welcoming, and your child will feel the support from their fellow classmates, and teachers. As someone that can speak from first hand experience to the value of BJJ, I ensure you that you and your child will not regret getting involved with BJJ. If you want to increase your child’s mental health, physical health, and social skills, bring your kid down to a local BJJ school. Most offer a free trial class. One last thing I will leave you with is do your research for finding a gym, and feel free to reach out to me personally or even go to our LOF Approved page to find the perfect fit for you.