5. Emphasis on Individual Achievement:
In basketball there are only five starters, yet there are seldom only five people on a team – which means that someone has to start each game on the bench. This applies for most team sports as well. In team sports there are also positions, and each has connotations. Although teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized in team sports, at some point you’ll need to explain to your child why they aren’t a starter or why their stuck in right field batting 9th instead of playing first base and batting cleanup. In the martial arts, however, each child’s success is based on his or her own individual merits. Yes, your kid may not be the most winning JuJitero in his Jiu-Jitsu class, but that will be because he tried and lost, and not because he wasn’t good enough to make it off the bench. Your child will also not be stuck on a ‘bad team’ as her own ambition will help her achieve success. Knowing that their own ambition and abilities will drive them to succeed, will lessen the chances that your child will say to you ‘I hate this sport’. Since each child has an opportunity to play, there is also no scapegoat to blame if they don’t win, and the opportunity to do better at the next tournament.
6. Gender Equity:
I am sure that while many of you would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together. There are also tremendous international opportunities in Women’s martial arts as well. Your daughter’s black belt will not be any easier for her to attain than your son’s black belt will be for him. It also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time). My Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Coach Kimberly Pruyssers, competed for the Academy representing US on an international level, and she is a great coach and an excellent Jiu Jitsu practitioner, in addition, one of few Americans Champions, in IBJJF Europeans, came from Kim in the women’s Jiu-Jitsu competition in 2018 in Portugal. Maybe your daughter will become a European champion too someday?
The typical 2-hour martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring. The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, etc. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles, but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems. Even in the most active of team sports such as Basketball, Hockey, or Soccer, children don’t get that much of a workout simply because they generally don’t play the whole game and even if they do, there are still breaks in the action.
8. Respect for Strength:
The first thing the parents of (even slightly) mischievous children think about when they send their kids to martial arts class is: “Is my kid going to use this to hurt others?” Although this is a legitimate concern, it is always addressed early by instructors who remind students that the techniques they learn in the Academy stay in the Academy (except in self-defense), and shouldn’t be used to bully people (unless your Sensei is John Kreese from The Karate Kid). As children learn the ropes, they will learn to respect their newfound strength and techniques. They will also gain a disdain for bullying as well.
9. You can do it with them:
Many martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While most do not run those classes simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you. If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together. Granted, you can play Basketball in your driveway and have a catch in the backyard, but it is just not the same as working on your kids’ takedowns or sweeps in a group.
10. The Never-Ending Season:
Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Skiing, Hockey) are seasonal. The Martial Arts are a year-round affair. A bad tournament only puts you out until the next tournament, and your exercise routine remains constant the entire year. Having this consistency also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress very quickly.
11. They will exercise their minds too.
While all martial arts teach you to fighting strategies, Jiu-Jitsu really teaches much more. While learning Self Defense and throwing techniques, they learn Mechanical Physics. Combination techniques and follow-ups teach them improvisation.
12. Jiu-Jitsu isn’t about brute force, it is about control:
BJJ emphasized the concept of maximum efficiency. This is evident, as the crux of many Jiu-Jitsu techniques is not necessarily brute force, but using your opponents’ movements, leverage, and strength against him or her. While physical strength and size are important, mental strength is probably the most vital factor in competition.
13. Your child will be well coordinated (and we’re not talking about Fashion)
When you’re using your opponents’ moves against him or her, timing is everything. Many of the techniques in jiu-jitsu will simply not work if you don’t time them correctly. Feet, hands, hips, and head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute them. As your child practices he or she will learn more complex techniques and, in turn, will demonstrate better reflexes and coordination as a result.
15. Jiu-Jitsu is Universal
If a Karate practitioner travels to another city he or she might have a hard time finding a dojo to work out in that has the exact same style and philosophy as their home dojo. Not so for Jujiteros– because the techniques and principles are practically universal. A New Yorker can go to California for a week, and still find a place to play. There are over a hundred member countries in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, the competing Jujitero came from places as diverse as Cuba, Israel, and Kazakhstan as well as from the expected countries like Brazil, Japan, USA, Russia and France. Although the styles of teaching and ranking and promotion standards vary slightly from country to country – Jiu Jitsu is Jiu-Jitsu. Which helps your child stick with it, even into adulthood, as it will never be hard to find a dojo to train in, and the material will always be the same even if the location is not.
Our head Instructor Juan Pablo Garcia grew up in Ecuador and has received his Black belt degree in Jiu-Jitsu after training in South America and the U.S.A. being today 2th degree Black belt.
Prof. JP as he is commonly called in the Jiu-Jitsu because of the meaning of the word “professor” in Portuguese meaning Teacher received started BJJ and receive his black belt from Grand Master Carlos Gracie JR. son of Jiu-Jitsu Founder. (Carlos Gracie Sr.)
Prof. JP was also a Participated in Vale Todo fights back in Ecuador, now call MMA (having 11 fights back in South America) and one of the first Ecuadorian representing in international competition, experience in Jiu-Jitsu Competitions (being 1st, 2nd 3rd place at the SJJIF worlds, NAGA, Pan American and Nationals IBJJF Tournaments) Boxing for 7 years.
Our Instructor is the Founder of Escuela De Jiu-Jitsu, an organization focused in spread jiu-jitsu in the world making our Facility (Pacific Top Team BJJ) a very international Training center with students coming from all over the USA, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ecuador, Brazil to learn, train and teach.