One of the questions that all parents will ask when their child comes to them and asks about starting training in Brazilian jiu jitsu is whether or not they are old enough for this type of training. They want to make sure their children are safe, of course, and they know that it is a contact sport.
It Is Safe
The classes offered by qualified instructors tend to be very safe, and with small children, the contact is still gentle enough that you should not have to worry about their wellbeing. Children from the age of three years old and up have trained in Brazilian jiu jitsu. However, before you bring your toddler to sign up for a class, you should learn more about the school and the ages they are willing to teach. Some of the schools are aimed at teens and older, or even just the adult crowd.
It Is Great for Kids
Brazilian jiu jitsu can provide your child with a wealth of benefits. It gets them moving and keeps them healthy. They can learn to defend themselves and they can build their confidence. In addition, the sport can help the children to develop socially and emotionally.
Will They Lose Interest?
One of the other things you have to consider when you are debating whether or not your child should take Brazilian jiu jitsu is how long they will hold interest in the art. You know your kids better than anyone else, so think about just how long they might want to train. This is not a reason to say no, but you might want to find a school that offers a few free sessions so you can determine whether he or she will retain interest and want to keep going and learning.
You will find that when you have a great instructor and a class with children who are around the same age, the kids will likely want to continue. At that point, you can feel a bit more comfortable about buying the uniform and other gear they might need.
Are the Parents Ready?
Competition tends to be a part of this form of martial art, and the children tend to like this aspect, as it allows them to see how their skills are improving. Parents who want their children to compete must remember, that it is the children who are competing. They shouldn’t try to live vicariously through their children, and they should not push the children into something that they are not ready for. They should also not be hyper-competitive on the parts of their children. Parents who are yelling and pushing their children too hard do not have a place in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
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