15 Reasons Why Martial Arts are Better for your kids than other Team Sports

1. Self-Defense:

The number one reason why most people take up a martial art is for self-defense, and pretty much any style is a great way to learn how to defend oneself. Not only will the martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself. They also help you build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a pickle, and give you the confidence to fight back – which leads me to my next topic…

Jiu Jitsu Riverside

2. Self-Confidence:

As children become more proficient in their selected style of martial arts, their confidence gets a big boost. They become more self-assured and confident. Their Teacher’s encouragement goes a long way to help them achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Dojo (Martial Arts Academy).

3. Belts and Ranking:

I know that this might seem like a stupid reason at first, but you’d be surprised how much belts and ranking help build your child’s confidence and their desire to succeed. For the uninitiated, most Martial Arts styles use a system of Colored belts to indicate the knowledge and skill levels of their practitioners. In many cases the first belt promotion can be attained in as little as a few weeks and when children obtain that first belt, it shows them that with the right motivation, they can succeed. One belt is always not enough, once a child passes one belt test he or she is already thinking about the next one. Belts are a great way to help children track their progress and motivate them to strive higher.

4. Discipline:

The mantra of any martial art is ‘practice makes perfect’ There is constant repetition in drills and practices with emphasis on details and rhythm. Techniques are repeated over and over. Even while sparring or competing – where a martial artist shows how creatively he or she can apply their well-honed skills – there are still rules and protocols to be followed. All of this teaches children to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square – lessons that follow them in their non-Martial Arts lives. It also teaches them the benefits of frequent practice, and the patience to get there (Remember the Karate Kid and Wax On/Wax Off?!).

Kids Jiu Jitsu Corona

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?

7. Exercise:

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.

Juan Pablo Garcia Jiu Jitsu Riverside

Prof. JP had traveled the world to Learn, Teach, train and compete but mostly to spread Jiu-Jitsu in countries like Ecuador, Canada, Germany, and all over the USA. He has developed training camps to help teach and form instructors.

Escuela De Jiu-Jitsu Systems delivers the most innovative, and comprehensive Jiu-Jitsu training program for kids, adults, and women.  

It is designed not just to teach theory, but to build unstoppable athletes.

Call Now (951) 662 - 0162 to start on this amazing program that is not only a great self-defense system but a great fitness/workout regimen.

Master Joe Moreira Jiu Jitsu Super Training in Corona

Master Joe Moreira will be here in Corona, CA for a Super Training March 6th, Tuesday! Don't miss out on this opportunity to train with a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Legend and one of the top Instructors today! Master Joe is a great friend and Mentor of Professor Juan Pablo Garcia. We are very excited to have this world class teacher here at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Corona for this week Super Training!

master Joe Moreira super class

Juan Garcia

Learn from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu II Degree Black Belt Professor Juan Pablo Garcia! This gentlemen have over 20 years of experience, He helped develop BJJ in Latin America, has traveled for many years teaching classes and seminars, competing, and training all over the world in countries like Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany and throughout the USA.! Whether you are looking to learn self defense, lose weight, or compete in Martial Arts, Professor Garcia have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Be part of the evolution of Martial Arts in Corona and Inland Empire as you train in our cutting edge systems of martial arts!

New Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt in the house

Brazilian jiu jitsu blue belt

Congrats Jeremy on the well deserved Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt Promotion. We are all super proud of you!


Juan Garcia

Learn from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu II Degree Black Belt Professor Juan Pablo Garcia! This gentlemen have over 20 years of experience, He helped develop BJJ in Latin America, has traveled for many years teaching classes and seminars, competing, and training all over the world in countries like Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany and throughout the USA.! Whether you are looking to learn self defense, lose weight, or compete in Martial Arts, Professor Garcia have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Be part of the evolution of Martial Arts in Corona and Inland Empire as you train in our cutting edge systems of martial arts!

Jiu Jitsu: Lifestyle. Team. Family

Jiu Jitsu is not just starting a new sport, It’s starting a journey toward better health, better fitness, better lifestyle.  We will be there when you win and loose, through the ups and downs, the highs and lows. It’s joining a team, joining a family. We are a team.

Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle

We are Collectively Powerful and Determined

Don't wait. Join the Team today. Call us at (951) 662-0162

Be sure to ask about our 30 Day FREE Trial

Brazilian jiu jitsu classes in corona
Name *
Phone *

Half Guard Seminar at PTT Corona

Igor Tavaris half guard jiu jitsu seminar corona

Save the date!!! Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona is hosting a Half Guard Seminar with Ighor Tavares. He's an amazing half guard player with lots of knowledge to share! Don't miss it!

This event is open to all academies!!!

Saturday, February 17th @ 11:00am


Technique of the Week from Pacific Top Team

Guard is one of the most complex positions of Jiu Jitsu. The majority of fights are spent here and there are so many different types of guards. Closed, open, spider, half, butterfly, x-guard to name a few. Check out this entry to X-guard with an awesome sweep from Professor JP!

Interested in starting your Jiu Jitsu Journey today?  Call us at (951) 662-0162 and ask about our 30 Day Free Trial!!! 


How to Overcome your Competition Nerves

The first time I competed, I seriously freaked out for a month beforehand. Overthinking everything, worry about all that could go wrong, most of which I could not control. Don’t get me wrong, I usually still have some nerves the day of right before my first fight but nothing like it used to be. So here are the things that help me to fight the nerves and have success on the comp mats.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Corona


  1. Getting over the pressure of letting others down. For me I hate to let others down and I think most of us feel that way. But one of the things I realized is my professor knows where I am at. He knows what I’m capable of and not. It’s not like I’m going to show up at a competition and magically roll like a black belt. My skill level is the same the day of comp as it is the day before and the day after. So what happens that day doesn’t really define me.
  2. Compete for yourself, not other people. In the end, no one will be there when its time to fight but you.
  3. Envision yourself on the Podium. Want it. Believe in yourself.
  4. Think less and just enjoy the moment of the present. All the “what ifs” that are swirling in your head will not change the outcome. So every time you even have a negative thought enter, scream it out. Seriously scream until the thought leaves and then just show up and do your thing.
  5. Be mentally prepared. Competing in Jiu Jitsu, you have to be mentally prepared, present in the moment, the desire to fight, to give it your all, to work hard even when you are exhausted. I’ve seen so many people lose, not from their lack of skill but from lack of mental focus. So get there. One of the things I started doing to help me feel confident that I can “turn on” my mental focus is pick one training session the week before competition to train hard. To imagine every roll that day is like I am competing. From stepping on the mat, to shaking my partner’s hand. That is the day I am going to practice my game plan, that I’m going to keep fighting even when I just want to take a break. When I do this, I don’t tell anyone, I just go in and know that it is my day to be mentally focused. It’s a test for myself, much like competition day, and seeing the result of that I can do it in the week gives me more confidence I can do it on comp day as well.
  6. Train Hard! If you kill yourself training you will feel satisfied that you couldn’t have done anymore. Now this is going to look different for everyone. Remember that. If you are a full-time Jiu Jitsu athlete, training hard is going to be 6+ hours of day. For myself I work full time and have 4 kids to care for so I obviously don’t have 6+ hours to train. So for me training Hard is making the most of the time that I have to train. So while I’m there, I work hard and make the most out of the time I have available to train. You know what training hard looks like for you. Give it your all and don’t cheat yourself.


Competition Morning

  • Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. I like to shoot for approximately 2 hours before my fight time. That way you have plenty of time to get comfortable in the environment. You can check your weight and just get situated in the comp environment.
  • Don’t do anything “different” in terms of eating or drinking. One competition I thought it would be a great idea to drink a 5 hour energy and a double shot of espresso before. I had never drank one of those 5 hours before and my heart rate was so high, I thought I was going to die, literally.
  • Don’t talk about competition that day. Just enjoy being there. And don’t drill any of your “game” while warming up. People are watching.
  • Don’t underestimate your opponent EVER!
  • Go out, Do your Best, and Enjoy the moment.


Things to Remember

  • You learn much more losing than winning.
  • Life should be about growth and competition forces you into an experience that will make you grow.
  • Medals mean nothing and the glory of them really only last for the short moment we receive them.
  • Don’t compete for others, do it for yourself and your own personal reasons. 



6 Reasons Why Jiu Jitsu should be on the top of your New Years Goals

A new year always brings about a lot of talk about New Years Resolutions or commonly you hear the phase "New Year, New Me". Let's be real, you are not going to change who you are in one day, nor should a new year make you have to become a radically different person. I like to think of a New year as a good assessment point on how the last year went and how you would like your next year to look.....and not just for the month of January.  Think of it as setting up a new set of goals and maybe that means starting a new Activity!  Here is 6 Reasons Why Jiu Jitsu should be at the top of the list of things you should be doing in 2018!

1. Full Body workout/Great form of exercise to keep you moving and fit or to help with weight loss

2. Self Defense! Everyone should have some self defense skills and should be training them regularly

3. Learn something new! 

4. Join a team and meet new people! 

5. Stress Reliever from everyday life!

6. Build Confidence that will translate over into ever area of your life!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Corona


Workout, Learn and Have Fun

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona builds strong bonds between training partners, gives you the best all body workout, while learning and having fun! Check out this short video of some Sunday Funday Drills after class at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona. 

Start your Journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona Today!

Call us at (951) 662-0162 and visit us at www.30daysfreetrial.com

Professor JP Garcia Successful Seminar in Ecuador

Last week professor JP traveled to Ecuador and spent a week teaching the first annual training camp in Portoviejo - Ecuador finishing the week with a seminar in the city. 


Professor JP fonded the Escuela de Jiu Jitsu that is training coaches in South America to bring Jiu Jitsu to kids that otherwise may not have the opportunity to train! with the support of  IJEF (International Jiu-Jitsu Federation) we are able to have free classes for kids that families are not able to afford it.

Professor JP was impressed with what a great job Coach Bryan Tamayo is doing with the team down there! The team has had substantial growth and the kids and Adults training have a lot of talent!

      Congrats to all the new Blue Belts in Ecuador as well as the all the Adults and Kids that were promoted!!!!

      Congrats to all the new Blue Belts in Ecuador as well as the all the Adults and Kids that were promoted!!!!

Don't miss Professor JP back on the mats here at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona on Wednesday, December 6th

Adult All Levels @ 11am

Fundamentals @ 6pm

Advanced @ 7pm


Contact us today to get your journey in Jiu Jitsu started! (951) 662-0162 or pttcorona@gmail.com