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Why BJJ for kids as self defense?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the ideal method of self defense for kids since it emphasizes leverage and technique over strength and power. This focus makes it possible for all children to excel, regardless of their size or athletic ability.

Why BJJ vs other martial arts for kids?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enables practitioners to subdue their opponents without the use of punching and kicking, eliminating the need to use excessive force in a real-life self-defense situation. BJJ is a martial art that uses grappling techniques and is ideal for diffusing school fights. Nobody has to get hurt with Jiu-Jitsu. The idea of "tapping out" during training allows the students to keep their training realistic, yet safe.

The Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for your Child

Martial Art Builds Self Confidence & Self Esteem 
For many children, self confidence doesn't come naturally. Confidence is developed over a period of time and as a child accomplishes new goals, his or her confidence level increases.

Children gain self esteem and exhibit confidence with their new-found Jiu-Jitsu techniques, but a good instructor will constantly stress, in class, the value of knowing when to use their skills--for self defense or in competition only! Kids with a high sense of self-esteem have the confidence to stand up for themselves, be more out spoken and more inclined to help others. The confidence gained allows their individual personalities to shine. 

Learn BJJ Skills for Better grades
Being a Jiu-Jitsu student also means being a better student in school. Kids who participate in Jiu-Jitsu are proven to have better attention spans. They also learn respect, discipline and responsibility. They learn gratitude, loyalty, the importance of staying in school and keeping their bodies healthy and drug free. Every child learns to follow directions, pay attention, participate in class activities and work as a team. These skills help them to become better students. 

Learning Coordination Early in Life
Kids learn motor movement at a very early age. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu challenges the entire body, developing coordination, balance, agility and poise. These traits are often neglected and not fully developed in team sports. By starting children in Jiu-Jitsu they learn how to fall properly, and how to initiate movement patterns that are inherent to life and any sport they might choose down the road. We also begin basic fitness and calisthenics that will give them a leg-up on their peers who do not engage in fitness activities at an early age. 

Learn discipline and perseverance 
In Jiu-Jitsu, kids are ranked in a belt system (white, gray, yellow, orange and green) and within these belts they will earn degrees (4 degrees per belt). The belt system allows your child to set long-term goals (becoming a black belt) and short-term goals, such as being able to execute a new technique they learned in class, or achieving their next degree or belt. 

Best Self Defense for Children of all Ages

Jiu-Jitsu teaches children to think instead of panic in potentially serious situations as well as how to react to threats from other kids. Your child will also be taught not to be a bully. For life- threatening situations only, your child will learn practical self defense. They learn how to think fast on their feet, to improvise and avoid trouble whenever possible. 

The skills your child will learn in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will empower and protect them for the rest of their lives.
Kids Program

Our BJJ program is a progressive and reality-based style of self defense. This program has been specifically designed to help children 5-15 years old learn realistic self protection techiniques.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts spirit becomes a truly indomidable weapon in confronting the unwanted advance of an attacker, and in addition the rigors of everyday life.  For a child it provides the focus, concentration, confidence and determination to obtain ones' goals.

Although it is the kids in the class, we understand enrollment is just as much the parent's. As a parent enrolling your child in martial arts, you will see many improvements in the first few lessons, both inside and outside of the academy.

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