As we progress further into the twenty-first century, martial arts training, and in particular, Jiu Jitsu training, are becoming increasingly popular among children and young adults. Jiu Jitsu is a form of martial arts grounded in ground-based grappling, submission, and takedowns. It is an incredibly useful and widely applicable form of self-defense that offers many hidden benefits not visible to the outside, non-martial arts trained, observer.
When considering enrolling your kids into a martial arts program, there are many potential options to choose from. This article seeks to weigh the top three reasons why you should enroll your children in a Jiu Jitsu program in 2023.
1. Self-Defense: People of all ages may be put into situations that require the ability to protect themselves. Jiu Jitsu was developed with individuals of all sizes and ages in mind and is the perfect self-defense art for children and young adults. Just as importantly, Jiu Jitsu training teaches children to listen to their teacher and practice composure: skills that serve them well in any challenging situation.
The process of learning Jiu-Jitsu can teach kids lifelong lessons about discipline and self-control. During each session, the instructor demonstrates a series of moves, which teaches kids to pay attention, focus their minds, and apply their physical skills. As they learn the techniques, they must also learn to control their body movements, thereby learning the important value of discipline and self-control.
2. Physical Fitness and Coordination: Jiu Jitsu is a great way to introduce our children to physical fitness and to teach them the basics of coordination and agility. Through Jiu Jitsu, children learn to move their body in different ways, improving their balance, reflexes, and agility. Jiu Jitsu is a full body workout which develops the whole body at once, focusing on developing core strength, which is beneficial for children as they continue to grow.
Jiu-Jitsu can help build kids’ confidence and self-esteem by teaching them to take on challenging tasks and situations. During training, instructors will often choose to challenge their students with a difficult physical exercise or position that can help build confidence and give them a sense of accomplishment after overcoming the challenge. This can be great for building self-esteem and encouraging kids to strive for success both inside and outside of the Jiu-Jitsu dojo.
3. Mental Development: Participants of Jiu Jitsu are encouraged to think on their feet and learn creative solutions when they come across unexpected problems. Jiu Jitsu is known for being one of the best mental exercises, building upon concentration and problem solving skills. Additionally, techniques used in Jiu Jitsu such as strategies, strategies, and movement, often known as the "BJJ chess game," require a lot of focus and creativity, enabling kids to think more critically when dealing with complicated tasks.
Physical health can be improved in myriad ways through Jiu-Jitsu. As kids learn how to control their movements and focus on a specific task, they just happen to be exercising and toning their body at the same time. In Jiu-Jitsu, kids can gain strength, flexibility, coordination, as well as work on cardiovascular health. All in all, there are many great physical benefits that come with practicing this martial art that can help lead to better health outcomes.
These are just a few of the many reasons to enroll your kids in Jiu Jitsu in 2023. Jiu Jitsu is more than just a self-defense mechanism; it is an art form with many physical, mental, and psychological benefits. It encourages growth, strong self-defense skills, confidence, and teaches kids to think on their feet. Rather than sitting around playing passive video games, children should be encouraged to explore what Jiu Jitsu has to offer, and if they decide to enroll in a program, they will certainly be embracing a new challenge and reaping its many benefits.
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Instructor Andre has over 52 years of experience in training BJJ and martial arts.