Incredible Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes at Shreveport Martial Arts Academy not only deliver self-defense…It also gives them the tools required for success in life! Please bring your children to come by and try out a class!
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Every child should be put into some type of developmental activity when they are young, whether it is dance, gymnastics, or a martial arts, etc. Sport classes, like soccer and softball, are great for exercising and focusing a child’s attention but we believe that they can fall short when compared to martial arts. We personally feel as though Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) could quite possibly be the best sport you could start a child in. It promotes Confidence, Discipline, Respect, and many other developmental qualities.
Children are like sponges! When they are young, and as they grow, they absorb everything they see and hear. It is important to surround them with a positive atmosphere so that they can grow as an individual in a positive sense. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu allows them to do just that. Not only does it teach a child a form of self-defense, it teaches many life lessons that can be carried long past childhood. Jiu Jitsu is one of the most practical Martial Arts you can involve your child in. When you think about other martial arts, many involve striking. Do you really want your child throwing up their fists? Today, especially, we see a lot of bullying in schools. The main goal of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is to always be aware and in control of a situation. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu prides itself on the usage of technique and leverage above everything, hence the moniker “The Gentle Art.” No one wants to encourage children to fight if they have the option to defend themselves and find a way out of the situation.
As far as confidence goes, many children are shy or may not be as social as others. Putting them in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will allow that confidence to grow. Whether they are athletic or not, working with other children and receiving positive reinforcement will guarantee that their confidence will improve. Because of the practicality of the sport, the confidence they gain will not be a false one. Many Martial Arts, such as Karate, incorporate flashy moves or board breaking. While these aspects may be fun, they are not going to carry over into real life scenarios, which, in return, could give your child a false sense of confidence.
Another huge benefit to enrolling your daughter or son in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are the physical benefits that come along with it. Today’s society is made up of video games and social media. Kids can spend hours on the couch or on their phones playing games and being inactive. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can teach your child how to live a healthy lifestyle and create healthy habits that will carry on long into adulthood. We all know bad habits are hard to break once they’re established. Teaching our children healthy habits at a young age will manifest into a positive life. They can burn calories, increase flexibility, improve balance and coordination and so much more. Jiu Jitsu teaches self-defense, but also teaches you how to take care of your body.
Jiu Jitsu can give your child focal clarity and improve their mental state. The physical part plays a big role, but the mental aspect is just as important. Your child will develop a sense of discipline which results from the “Never Give Up” attitude that Jiu Jitsu instills in people. Due to the complexity of the art, it can take a very long time to reach higher belt rankings. This is good, however, because it helps to develop character along the way. Your child will become mentally strong because of how challenging this sport can be and will learn not to put limits on themselves and to work towards becoming the best they possibly can be.
Finally, FRIENDS! Jiu Jitsu is amazing for Kids (and Adults) because they will develop bonds with their training partners. Eventually your training partners turn to family, and we can’t think of anything more positive than that.
If you are interested in enrolling your child (or yourself) in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, please feel free to contact us today!
We look forward to hearing from you!