A Letter to Moms and Dads: 

Benefits of Children's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

Every child should be put into some type of developmental activity when they are young, whether it is dance, gymnastics, or martial arts etc. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training will help your children to develop mental, physical, emotional and social skills. Parents tell us, and experiences show, that children in our classes have learned a variety of skills including:  

1.    Self-control through personal awareness  

2.    Self-esteem and self-respect because of goal achievement  

3.    Self-discipline through channeling their energy  

4.    Personal responsibility through taking responsibility for their actions and the safety of those around them  

5.    Teamwork and leadership skills through working with their classmates  

6.    Good health habits  

7.    Self-defense and personal safety skills  

If you watch the television, the world seems to be full of violence, greed, selfishness and corruption. Many of the values that should define a civilized society seem to be getting eroded away at an alarming rate. Parental models and BJJ training make a formidable team in the development of character traits that reflect all that is good about a human being ... honesty, integrity, truth, discipline, courage, loyalty, compassion, sincerity, patience, persistence and self-respect to name just a few.  

More than ever, today's younger generation needs role models that they can trust and look up to. It is getting harder for parents to find reinforcement for the values that they would like to see in their children and this is where we at the Renzo Gracie Garwood can help. We are dedicated to the development of good character in ourselves and in our students. We want to help other people grow and achieve their goals, just as we are dedicated to self-improvement and willing to work hard to achieve our own goals. We have just begun, not that we have arrived.  

At the Renzo Gracie Garwood your child will train the mind and the body together. When you look at the real reasons why people train in the martial arts, it almost always comes back to wanting to feel better about themselves in some way. Starting your child in the BJJ will allow that confidence to grow. Whether they are athletic or not, working with our children and receiving positive reinforcement will guarantee that their confidence will improve. Also, because of the practicality of the sport the confidence they gain will not be a false one.  

By learning one of our martial arts, your child will learn self-discipline, focus and concentration, how to work with other people and how to respect authority. Your child will learn about team work and team spirit, but also learn how to be an independent spirit to guide them through the decisions that will inevitably face them. Also, today’s society is made up of video games and social media. Kids will spend hours on the couch or on their computers playing video games and being inactive. BJJ will teach your child how to live a healthy lifestyle which is so important to learn at a young age. We all know bad habits are hard to break once they’re established. Teaching them healthy habits at a young age will result in a manifestation of a positive life. They will burn calories, increase flexibility, improve balance and coordination and so much more.  All those attributes have repercussions in the child's behavior at home and his/her performance at school. To us, BJJ training is about better living, and our children's program is about learning life's values early.  

What You Should Do As Parents?

As a good parent, you want your kid to inculcate all good values, isn’t it? However, sometimes parents get to take a stance of over-protectionism for the kids. That isn’t good or remotely ideal. The parents should give a chance to their children, in terms of adapting the characteristics like self-discipline, focus, and respect for others.

If you are planning to send your kids to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, this is the most amazing thing you will do for them. And if you haven’t planned, then you should. As a parent of a kid, you already know you have certain responsibilities. But, when your kid is going out there to learn martial arts, here are some of the things you should take care of.

1.    Commitment plays a vital role. Yes, you can go on with them for some sessions in a week and see how they are doing it on the mats. They will find an invisible encouragement in that.

2.    Preparations before they go to the academy of Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would do a lot better. You should maintain proper hygiene, like clipping their nails, feeding them a light snack, etc.

3.    Stick around, but don’t pester. Many parents get involved in their respective child’s tournament or a simple fight. You need to be patient in the pavilion and witness the child’s performance.

4.    Wins and losses don’t matter. Their efforts would be priceless to watch and you need to maintain that enthusiasm in them.

5.    Last, but not the least thing is never pushing them extremely hard for the task. Regarding complaints, you can speak to the instructor yourself.