1. Builds their balance and coordination
Everyone talks about how great of an exercise jiu-jitsu is and they wish that they could have started earlier. To get your kids involved in jiu-jitsu at an early age (usually 6 years old, as many Gracies suggest) is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Developing balance and coordination at such an early age will not only keep them fit and healthy, but it will also help your child become an athletic and energetic individual throughout their lives. Although children do not understand the full benefits of what they are doing at such a young age, it is the responsibility of the parents to keep them motivated and continuing to go to classes to attain these great physical skills.
2. Builds confidence and self-esteem
Confidence is one of the most important traits for any person to have. Martial Arts have been famous for developing this in people at very early stages in life. As kids become more confident in their techniques and their performance in class, the same will happen with their school studies and their relationships with other people.
3. Allows for socializing and bonding
In BJJ class, children will meet many new friends and share experiences. Whether it is drilling techniques, playing a game or rolling – it is great practice for kids to learn to communicate with other kids of all ages, as well as older authority figures like the instructors and assistant instructors.
4. Teaches focus and discipline
Children will also learn how to listen to an authority figure and follow instructions - more important skills for future development. Children learn various small lessons, like not speaking when being spoken to by an instructor, or even keeping their gi and belt neatly tied. They will even learn about the importance of hygiene because gis must be clean and nails must be cut. The work ethic they learn in the BJJ academy can translate into their schoolwork and future ventures as they grow up. They will learn that hard work and diligence produces results and rewards.
5. Keeps them occupied with something positive
Getting your children to be passionate about something early in their lives will keep them away from harmful influences in the future. The more they train BJJ and spend time thinking about BJJ, the less time they will spend dwelling on things that could be harmful to them. They will also find friends in the academy with the same outlook and it will keep them further motivated to stay out of trouble.
Ultimately, to have your child immersed in jiu-jitsu at an early age (age 6-10 is best to start) is an amazing gift for your child, but it is up to the parents to make this commitment with them. It is the parent’s responsibility to motivate their children and fit the training in the child’s schedule. Even in moments where you may feel that your child is losing interest, find ways to rekindle it. After all your efforts and years past, you will see your mature child thank you for the rewards they have attained from their BJJ training.