Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the best things a child could ever get into. The growth that takes place is absolutely amazing! There’s nothing more beautiful and rewarding than watching a kid go from timid to outgoing or hesitant to headstrong in a matter of a few weeks. With the leadership from the instructor to act as a strong role model and the camaraderie amongst the students, this provides an excellent environment to build a child’s sense of belonging and show what a good leader looks like. Within the art itself, it teaches how to have control not only in the physical aspect, but in the mind and spirit as well. Pushing to get a takedown, a submission, or even just holding someone down requires more than just technique. In order to finish a technique under pressure and resistance, some level of persistence is needed. This carries on into other parts of life where the same sort of persistence is necessary to complete a goal. Looking at the other side, being on the receiving end, it takes a similar amount of effort to escape. In order to escape from getting tapped out or smashed, you need to face the problem straight on or have the mindfulness to not be in that position in the first place. This, again, carries on into real life off of the mat.
Learning something like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu allows children to learn and understand how to properly use their skills in a safe and controlled environment. Understanding how to apply themselves correctly creates situational awareness which is crucial in preventing bullying. Alongside this, the understanding of when and where to apply their skills can prevent any accidents or unnecessary situations. The discipline to control themselves in class translates directly into the real world and can greatly affect how a child handles bullies.
Like all martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches discipline and respect. In comparison to other martial arts however, the trust among the students is unique and builds a special bond. There’s a form of respect built between two people when you come in close contact and try to tap each other out. The opportunity to apply this level of respect in a physical form isn’t something very common. The child can learn to apply the appropriate amount of pressure with absolute control while getting the job done. It is in the nature of the art of Jiu Jitsu that the student will experience being tapped out many times due to the process of learning. Children learn to handle themselves and with consistent training can strengthen mental fortitude and keep the mind clear to continue tackling their problems. Confidence at that level is a major asset for them to have and carry into their adult life. Being alongside peers who are all experiencing the same growth and an instructor to guide them will save a lot of time and the pains of trying to learn these things on their own.
Overall, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is extremely beneficial to a child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing and can be easily translated into real life. Give them the advantage in life that they deserve and let them experience what martial arts can do for them. Check out our beginner friendly classes here in Virginia Beach and get started today!
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3877 Holland Road, STE 511
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Martial arts gives a major boost to those who choose to pursue its path. The nature to grow stronger and overcome challenges is an essential trait in children. Bullies benefit off the insecurities and weakness of their victims. It is a priority to have the mental fortitude to match the physical skills of a strong martial artist. When a young mind develops confidence early, they will give themselves the freedom to pursue anything they desire while having the strength to rise above challenges and adversities. Having the ability to physically protect themselves is a big confidence booster. Simply knowing and being able to plan for what is needed to be done against an aggressor changes the mind of someone who used to be afraid of physical conflict. Confidence is a wonderful trait to see in children.
Every child has the potential to become a strong leader. Children who train in the martial arts find that great leadership doesn’t mean being the biggest, fastest, or strongest. Where there is leladership, there is a teaam. Within that team are relationships that respect and support one another. Bullies don’t target leaders because they inheritly sense that support energy that exists around them. A strong leader will have the confidence needed to properly handle any verbal conflict that may arise. In some case studies, bullies have been found conceiding due to the lack of dominance over a victim that takes charge over the confrontation. Growing the skills needed to become a strong leader will be a tool that will continue sharpening over time. When it is created and maintained early in life, their abilities carry into their adult life and will be an asset for the entire world.
In children, becoming well-spoken is an essential trait to develop. As life is just starting, it’s important for a child to articulate thoughts and feelings. In an instance of conflict, a well spoken child can recruit bystanders on their side. If a bully was making a scene or physically assaulting someone, a simple “Stop!” or “Help, they’re hurting (victim)” can make all the difference. Coming from a child, these quick actions can change the outcome of bullying depending on the audience of the situation. A teacher or nearby adult can hear the call of attention and act. In the event of this being a solo confrontation, there are ways to talk down a bully that can only come from strength and confidence. Utilizing this trait can shut down or redirect even the most troublesome of situations.
What kind of thinking allows children to be comfortable with who they are and finding the best ways to overcome any challenge? Optimistic thoughts! Positivity definitely allows cleaner thinking which builds perseverance and freedom. Nurturing positive thinking in childlren is a great way to develop their character. Martial arts has been known to give kids the ability to call upon positive thinking that can save themselves or someone that might need it at the time. Negativity is all around us and everyone can benefit from the clean thinking that optimism stands for. Being a stronger positive energy allows freedom through the discipline of control practiced in the martial arts. Its training continues to prove and provide an outlet to promote positive mindsets and allows for negativity to be dealt with as a challenge rather than a reason to shut down.
Experience how martial arts changes lives and provide opportunities for growth. Building knowledge in the mind, strength in the body, and a non-quitting spirit is what martial arts does best. Want to know how we can help? Click here and set up a free introductory lesson.
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10:00am Filipino Martial Arts
11:00am Muay Thai Kickboxing
12:00pm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
12:00pm Ages 8-12
1:00pm Ages 5-7
Impact Martial Arts Academy
3877 Holland Road Suite 511
Virginia Beach, VA 23452