As a parent, you want to do what is best for your child. I totally understand that. Helping them learn to live an active lifestyle and learning to eat healthy is an important factor in your child’s development. It sets them on the course for a longer, healthier life. There are many ways to achieve those goals, particularly the fitness goal. Brazilian Jui-Jitsu—BJJ—is one of those ways. Like any sport or physical activity, there will always be some danger of injury. Even ballet, swimming and running has their share and those are probably athletic endeavors most people would consider safe. Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu safe for kids? The key lies in the instruction.
The difference between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is compartmentalization.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu roots come from Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, but its far more focused on ground fighting and grappling. It focuses on moves that allow the smaller opponent to submissions and leverage to protect and defend himself or herself from a larger, stronger opponent. It’s known as the “gentle art” for a reason. Even though your child will learn how to subdue an opponent, they also learn how to control their natural aggression. In fact, while it may seem counter-intuitive, martial arts are actually recommended for children with aggression issues, as well as those who are bullied. For those bullied, it builds self-confidence. For the aggressive, it provides an outlet while emphasizing self-control.
Careful instruction prevents injury.
Whether your child is playing in the backyard or running the bases in Little League, there’s always a chance of injury. That’s why any good Martial Arts coach always focuses on safety, whether the student is a child or an adult. I believe we have some of the best instructors, not only in Tempe, but in the country, and I know they not only do everything to ensure safety. They also teach self-discipline, which adds even one more element to a safe environment.
Kids get more than just a physical outlet from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Sure, BJJ is great exercise, but it does so much more for both children and adults. It builds confidence and respect. It doesn’t teach a child to be a bully, but rather how to defend one’s self against bullying without sinking to the same level. Respect for others is often neglected in today’s society, as well as today’s sports. We focus on self-defense and learning to discussing problems first to resolve issues. We emphasize that use of violence is not condoned and only used as a last resort to protect themselves. They develop the tools to protect themselves, no matter what their size or gender.
- BJJ provides a full body workout, while also remaining fun. It is a sport that unlike many others, can be used to keep the body in shape for a lifetime.
- Kids learn both discipline and goal setting when practicing BJJ. Achieving the next belt level is one way to show progress that is concrete, but BJJ instructors also focus on daily improvement.
- BJJ helps improve coordination and body awareness.
- The full body workout from BJJ training can help build muscle tissue and strength, improve flexibility and build quick reflexes. Those three attributes can actually protect your child from injuries that can occur in everyday life.