Our children are growing up in a world full of distractions and every young child is full of potential that might be wasted if they do not have proper direction.
Another common problem that might hinder the healthy development of our kids is so-called bullying. There is only one way to deal with this: teach the little ones stand up for themselves. Children who are victims of bullying often feel sad and unpopular; they think the kid who bullies them is more powerful than they.
Thankfully, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) addresses many developmental problems, providing structure for children and making them more confident.
This article explains a few reasons why and how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers so much to your child.
Body Awareness & Cognitive Development
While training BJJ, children are confronted with numerous challenges. In practicing techniques, they develop exceptional motor and cognitive skills, thus forming strong neuromuscular synapses. This in turn increases their coordination and balance, which can open the path to learning other sports or physical activities in the future.
Discipline & Concentration
Nowadays, children are being distracted by everything, and we are seeing an increase in attention-deficit related diagnoses (ADD/ADHD and dyslexia). It is said, however, that discipline and concentration are like a muscle that can be trained. Learning BJJ is fun, but it has some detailed and challenging movements. By improving their discipline and concentration, children will have improvements in the school and in their communication skills.
Self-awareness & Self-esteem
Most martial arts promise better self-confidence, so why choose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? BJJ has many differences as compared to other martial arts, but mainly when it comes to hands-on experience. By doing controlled sparring, kids learn how to apply specific techniques against a resistant opponent, working on achieving a dominant position or escaping an unpleasant one, in a safe, step-by-step approach.
Problem-solving skills develop as the children progress in BJJ; they learn how to break things down, form associations and measure risks before making a decision (initiating a movement or standing still).
Kids will be focused on the process rather than on the outcome, developing patience and, above all, become more confident in their own capabilities, overcoming their toughest opponent in life, i.e., so-called instant gratification.
Unfortunately, bullying is common in school. In practicing the foundations of BJJ, children not only learn to stand up for themselves, but also acquire actual tools for defense, physically, emotionally and verbally. By using anti-bullying and violence prevention concepts, kids are empowered and can effectively prevent any attempt at harassment.
Communication & Relationships
In a BJJ class, children get to know many new friends with whom they can share everyday experiences. Besides that, kids learn to communicate with others and express their ideas, feelings, and problems effectively.
Fitness & Lifestyle
BJJ can be an entertaining but challenging cardiovascular workout – and kids love it! Through movement, children lose weight, gain strength and flexibility, have more energy and endurance. The term Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle describes the routine of many practitioners of the art. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be physically demanding, which is why a healthy day is essential (proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep). All this contributes towards a better quality of training and a better future for our kids.
BJJ for children in Berlin Neukölln
Our goal is to make sure that your child will develop in a positive and harmonious manner, preventing bullying, learning to stand up for him/herself and improving in both physically and mentally. Our approach is very unique since we focus not only on sports BJJ but also on Yoga, movement, and meditation.
Our BJJ DOJO in Berlin Neukölln is a center of holistic development for children and adults – we would be happy to welcome you and your family for a trial class!