This weekend I took my son to the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. For those of you that don't know, this is an event for the boys to build and decorate a car to race down a track. My 8 year old son won 1st place in his den. Instead of enjoying his moment that he had won, he was crying because not a single on of the other boys in his den said Congratulations or were happy for him.
Poor sportsmanship is something that is often seen in kids, but Brazilian Jiu Jitsu requires us to ultimately win or loose on the mat everyday. Having to deal with this daily, helps us learn how to respond to it. Kids are learning how to react appropriately to many things in life. We have to teach them these things. Jiu Jitsu helps teach kids respect, discipline, focus, sportsmanship, good attitude, determination and much more. For kids every class includes a mat chat circle, a time to talk and address many of these character traits we want to build up in kids. It's important for kids to learn that they can't brag when they win or pout when they loose. That it is important to be happy for other people successes and that every time will not be your time, but team mates support each other in the good and bad.