Hey there, parents! We know that keeping your child active after school is important, but have you considered Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ)? It’s more than just a way to keep your child fit, it comes with a plethora of benefits.
First and foremost, BJJ teaches your child respect. Contrary to popular belief, martial arts don’t encourage violence but rather discipline and control of emotions. Your child will learn to respect their instructors and training partners, which translates into a healthy mutual trust and relationship.
BJJ also fosters resilience and perseverance. Your child will learn to fail and accept defeat, which is a crucial part of growth and improvement. It will help them develop resilience and lessen their fear of failure in adulthood.
But BJJ isn’t just a solo sport. It’s a social activity that allows your child to meet new people and make friends quickly. If your child struggles with making friends, BJJ is a great way to build social skills and make healthy connections.
Finally, BJJ builds confidence. It’s a fun and engaging sport that helps your child feel comfortable with themselves and their environment. And for those dealing with bullying, it’s a great way for them to gain self-confidence and stand up for themselves.
At Kaizen Lab Jiu-jitsu, we offer classes for children from five and up, so your child can start their BJJ journey early. Give your child the gift of respect, resilience, social skills, and confidence with BJJ.
There’s often this stigma running around that martial arts encourages violent behaviour in children — this couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, Jiu-jitsu can take a violent child and slow them down a step or two.
BJJ teaches children discipline, to accept and control their emotions, and to, overall, respect their training partners and instructors.
BJJ teaches discipline and children are encouraged and taught to do the right thing even when no one is looking. This also shows respect for their instructors and fellow team mates. This quickly translates into a mutual trust and developed student-teacher relationship, helping them to succeed in their jiu jitsu practice.
The respect jiu jitsu teaches its students is incredibly well-meshing with their outside life, allowing them to apply a similar respect to their surroundings outside of the training room.
NURTURES RESILIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE
In a previous blog post “Letting Your Kids Fail & Why It’s Important For Their Growth” we talked about the importance of allowing children to fail. Again, completely relevant here. Jiu jitsu is the sport of active failure, where kids are going to fail again and again in one-on-one combat against one another.
This is a sport that is hard to argue out of when you lose. When you lose, you admit defeat and you accept it.
And in jiu jitsu, failure is essential to improve. It is not seen as a horrific event of shame, but a chance to do better.
It is a part of the making beneath many accomplished individual’s successes. We believe it is incredibly important for a child to experience failure again and again — thereby lessening their fear of it in adulthood and teaching them resilience when experiencing hardship.
BJJ IS A SOCIAL SPORT
Kids and Teens classes are up there in the ranks for improving people’s social life whilst maintaining a consistently good workout.
It’s aggressive hugging: people make friends fast. Particularly, if your child struggles with making friends, they will find jiu jitsu a great way to meet new people in a fast and fun way.
By allowing your child to participate in jiu jitsu, you enable them to meet healthy, confident, like-minded kids in a friendly and encouraging environment.
At Kaizen Lab Jiujitsu, kids classes start from five and up and have classes inclusive of teenagers or youth, ensuring your child does not feel left out from their surroundings.
Children are still learning how to interact with the world (really, most adults are too). By getting them into a fun and engaging sport like jiu jitsu, you help them to build the confidence skills necessary to feel comfortable with both themselves and their environment.
For kids dealing with bullying, especially, we strongly recommend our martial arts classes as a way for them to gain more self-confidence and an ability to stand up for themselves.