Parents are always searching for after school activities that can enrich their children’s lives, unfortunately, few consider Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. If they took the time to research this martial art, they would recognize the many benefits that BJJ training can provide.
In addition to an introduction to self defense, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu improves your child’s:
- Physical Fitness – Your child will be motivated to become more active and participate in BJJ training and more active children are less likely to become obese. In part, this motivation to participate will be fueled by the BJJ belt system that rewards skills and advancement to the next level. This early activity and training may promote a lifelong interest in physical fitness and help your child lose weight and get in shape.
- Ability To Prevent Bullying – In the classroom or on the street, the potential for bullying is always there. As your child begins to participate in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, he or she will become physically and mentally prepared to defend themselves (or their friends or siblings) against a bully. Their self confidence level will soar.
- Self-Esteem – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training greatly improves a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem. Improved physical fitness and endurance combined with the knowledge that they can defend themselves against bullies or physical threats will boost their pride. BJJ will also teach goal setting and striving for excellence as they train to reach each different belt level and each subsequent achievement is another boost to self-esteem.
- ADD or ADHD – If your child suffers from ADD or ADHD, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may be beneficial therapy. Your child will learn a specific set of bodily movements, punches, kicks, holds, and stretches that must be performed precisely and then repeated. This focus and then repetition increases concentration. BJJ training may also allow your child to control their thinking process as they master each punch, kick or movement as steps to overcoming their attention disorders.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does not rely on strength and body size to be effective. Your children will find that they are able to use the techniques they learn in BJJ class to defend for themselves against bigger and stronger bullies. Just as important, they will learn to defuse confrontational situations and control a bully until the threat dissipates or help comes. Your child will learn that BJJ is to be used for self defense, not aggression. It will be your responsibility to ensure that your child does not abuse his or her BJJ skills, and that these skills are intended as tools of self defense, self control and discipline.
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