October 3, 2017

BJJ – A Tool for Child Development

By the time you’ve come across the article it’s likely that the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC for short) tournament has come to an end. It’s the premier event in competition Brazilian jiu-jitsu and this year’s turnout and viewership were huge.

The sport has been growing at an outstanding rate and has reached a point where people from all over the globe flew in to watch or took time to see the live stream online. If ever there was a time to get into BJJ, it’s now.

What is BJJ

In case you’re wondering what Brazilian jiu-jitsu or “BJJ” is, it’s a grappling based combat sport originating in, of course, Brazil. Also known as Gracie jiu-jitsu, it’s roots are come from when Japanese born Judoka Mitsuyo Maeda settled in Brazil and taught Carlos Gracie among others his art.

Carlos taught his brother and the art eventually reached a frail Helio Gracie who modified the techniques to maximize leverage while requiring minimal strength. He then took his combat style to the doors of other gyms via the “Gracie Challenge” winning the vast majority of matches spreading the fame of BJJ. Through his efforts, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu was born and continued to grow.

BJJ, the sport and tool for personal development in children and adults

The benefits of training in and potentially competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu aren’t to be understated where children are concerned. Even if your child never takes part in a single competitive match, the consistent training will teach him or her much about themselves and their body while helping them develop as an individual and an athlete. If you’re in the London area, a gym like the one at this link (http://londonfightfactory.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-bjj/) is a great place to start.

During the time spent on the mats, be it drill techniques, rolling or playing any of the games the instructor may use to teach your child will be spending time with new peers. This makes BJJ an excellent tool for assisting shy children in coming out of their shell and building confidence and self-esteem. This can directly affect their school life and academic performance in a positive way.

All the time spent moving makes for great exercise. Executing techniques to precision and the awkward nature of grappling arts makes for great athletic development, particularly aiding your childing in improving balance and coordination. The spatial and body awareness gained from BJJ training will aid your child in whatever athletic endeavor they may pursue in the future.

As is the case with anyone learning a new skill, your child will try and fail. Dedication and perseverance will be separating factor between where they are at the beginning at where they end up in the martial art. These lessons in discipline and the focus needed to accomplish goals on the mat translate directly to life and the work ethic they learn at the academy will stay with them for a lifetime.

Final Thoughts

As an adult all of the same benefits are available, but maybe you’re wondering if you’re too old to train. This isn’t the case and it’s well known that the founder of BJJ, Helio, trained well into his 80s. As an adult, you may not need a new form of structure in your life, but that doesn’t decrease the value of the art even a little. Adults stand to learn a new method of self-expression, gain a new form of stress relief and a place where they can surround themselves with other healthy and likeminded adults. Hopefully, you’ve been convinced to at least give it a try. Ossu.