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5 Reasons Why BJJ is Great for Kids (and Parents too!)

Apr 18, 2015

If you are a parent in Indianapolis searching for activities which may be great for your kids, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best constructive outlets you can choose. The sport provides not only a lot of health benefits, but instills feelings of security almost immediately, and quickly turns to confidence. In this article we are going to focus on the 5 reasons why BJJ is great for kids, your child and family.

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1. Fitness

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu combines some of the best cardio and functional strength exercises that a child can perform. With all of the temptations of the digital world today, keeping a child away from the computer can be a challenge. Typical classes contain a healthy balance of instruction and hand-on practice which means each class will contain a fair amount of activity. Matched according to size, students get the opportunity to work out while starting to build inter-personal communication skills and inter-personal bonding.

2. Team Building

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu relies on inter-personal connections to alternatively teach and learn. This means that kids make quickly make new friends and start to develop a sense of community and loyalty. With that, mutual respect and understanding of the first social bonds start to form. When children learn how to rely on and trust each other, they learn some of the most important first social life lessons: the importance of the team.

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3. Self Defense

By far one of the greatest benefits of the sport is the most obvious: kids learn functional self-defense skills. Today having the proper means to defend one self is very important. But it starts with cognitively understanding the best ways to avoid physical confrontations, and ultimately how to succeed if they are necessary. True self-defense and the physical ability to defend one’s self is a skill no one regrets having. Developing these skills early will instill a solid foundation of personal reliance and confidence throughout his or her life.

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4. Life Goals

It can be hard for a person to become committed to something – from making the bed in the morning to mowing the lawn. Name it and you know that commitment in life is one of the most important lessons we learn. That’s why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can become a very important learning opportunity for any child. BJJ is not an easy martial art. Nor is it a token sport which focuses on tradition and dogma. Jiu Jitsu is a practical, applicative, engaging activity which requires discipline and commitment. And these are all essential personal characteristics for success in life. This type of training will help them achieve amazing results on many levels, and set the right habits toward the next phase in life: professional and academic results.

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5. Self-confidence

Lots of kids today suffer from lack of general self-confidence. Physical confidence aside, cyber-bullying, peer pressure and the ease by which negative attitudes can be spread through social media, make a developing child susceptible at any age. And unfortunately this can impact their development in potentially negative ways. By practicing a regular confidence building sport, kids will gain more confidence and improve self-perception the best way – intrinsically. Once this process starts, the results are almost immediate and inspiring! BJJ as a sport build character while shaping a more complete individual.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best sports in which your child can participate. We can help instill trust and confidence, while building health and developing life long skills. To find out more, contact coach Stratta or enroll in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class today!

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