"Jiu-jitsu” translates from the Japanese as “the gentle art.” The philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu defines the state of mind one must adopt in combat to enable victory; it is a philosophy of yielding to an opponent's force, instead of trying to oppose strength with strength. Ultimately, the fundamentals for good Jiu-Jitsu are also the fundamentals of good character. There are many profound philosophical reasons why you should enrol your children in Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ). I’m going to give you 5 of the best reasons.
#1 BJJ Shows Kids How To Handle Bullies.
BJJ focuses on leverage instead of strength and power, so it will be a great way to boost your child’s self-esteem, knowing that they can handle bullies even if they are much bigger. Once your child knows that they have the skills to defend themselves and others, they will develop confidence, and this alone is a big deterrent to bullies.
#2 BJJ Teaches Kids To Learn From Failures.
Unlike other forms of martial arts training, in BJJ, your child will practice their skills against a resisting opponent.When your child first begins their training, they will experience failure. But that is alright – even the most senior BJJ practitioners and black belts have struggled and faced failures early in their respective journeys. However, through the encouragement and guidance from our instructors, your child can learn from their mistakes and focus on improving.
#3 BJJ Helps Kids Socialize.
BJJ is a good recreational activity that helps your child socialize with kids whom they might not otherwise get to meet. The diversity in a BJJ class is an ideal environment for your child to learn about other ethnicities, cultures, and religions. When your child trains with other kids, they will develop trust and build stronger bonds with teammates.
#4 BJJ Improves Kids’ Coordination And Motor Skills.
BJJ typically involves the use of many sequences to execute techniques. When training in “the gentle art,” your child will learn to develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and coordination. The forced repetitions of these techniques during training will help your child commit those movements to muscle memory. As a result, they will develop greater control over their bodies and learn to be more precise in their actions. Kids who understand how their limbs move in relation to the techniques end up developing better coordination and improved flexibility.
#5 BJJ Helps Kids Build Healthy Lifestyle Habits.
BJJ emphasizes the importance of physical activity and can instil positive habits in your child from an early age. In BJJ, your child will be engaged in a physically and intellectually stimulating martial art. This will help to prevent them from lapsing into the sedentary lifestyles associated with watching too much television, or reliance on their phones/ipads/etc for stimulation. Your child will grow to appreciate the benefits of coordination, flexibility, agility, and endurance as necessary elements to succeed in BJJ and in life.