6 Reasons Why Your Child Should Practice Ju-Jitsu
“All Martial Artists are beginners; Some of us have just been beginning longer!”
Recently my 9 year old daughter started doing some judo, She’s always been a good kid, but from what I observed the martial arts gave her quite a healthy dose of self esteem and self respect – two of the many benefits one gains with participation in them.
Whether your kid loses their temper, is shy, or perhaps just a little hyper, the martial arts can help your child learn many important life lessons. (And, of course, those same lessons apply for all of us, not just kids.)
Martial arts is also something you can enjoy as a family and it can be a shared experience.
Number 1: You will all be more active.
This is the obvious reason kids should do martial arts in this day and age – to get active and moving. In case you haven’t noticed, we have an epidemic when it comes to our nation’s obesity problem. We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem is particularly alarming as it relates to our kids. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every kid is an athlete and many schools no longer offer competitive PE.
It will also teach your child that health lies in your breath. Indeed, nothing is more essential to the success of how we move our body than tapping into our essence – our breath. Ask a professional athlete, or an actor, dancer, or singer, and they will tell you that success is to access your breath correctly. In ju-jitsu your child will learn the essence of how to breathe and even relax under pressure. The martial arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, Ju-Jitsu can help your child get fit and healthy.
Number 2: They’ll Learn to take knocks and get right back up.
With Ju-jitsu your child will learn to fall and take a hit, whether that hit is a literal blow or a disappointment like failing a test. They will be thrown to the floor and learn how to get up again.
Part of life is the knocks The key is in learning how best to take that knock and get back up. Unfortunately, this lesson can be lost on many in a western culture that has felt every child must get a medal. In the martial arts, your kid will learn the ups and the downs, and much of modern ju-jitsu is dealing with being down and over coming it.
When we learn that accepting life and martial arts is about taking some knocks we are better able to relax and better protect ourselves. That acceptance leads us to be able to better respond, maneuver, and anticipate. There it is the paradox, learning to take a knock, makes us better able at avoid them altogether
Number 3: Your children learn to concentrate and stay calm, focussed and still
The constant activity of the modern internet world is not always good for any of us, much in the news lately has been about taking a break from being plugged in. This action and activity creates a busy world, for us and for our children, a world where stillness and silence is a rarity. In Martial arts ultimately you are left to be guided to an understanding of yourself, your strengths and weaknesses and acceptance of who you are and your value. At the martial arts clubs and , there is no loud music or flat screen TVs, just hard work and results which bring an equity between men and women, young and old even between black and white belts. As a martial artist, your child will learn what it is to be still, challenged, and focused.
Number 4: Self Confidence and Self Respect through Self Defence
With my daughter, I was able to witness firsthand the confidence gained by participating in the martial arts. Being able to advance and play with the big kids gave her a tremendous amount of confidence.
Of course, practising with the bigger kids also gives all of us a little reminder of humility – someone is always bigger and stronger and with the gentle art of ju-jitsu there can even be ways to defend yourself against them.
Ju-jitsu will teach your child will learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge.
Number 5: The Mind and Body connection
Gyms and health clubs don’t really teach you how to really listen to your body. To listen to your body is to to be aware of your body but also your feelings and emotions.
In Ju-Jitsu see, we feel, and listen – both internally and externally. Checking your intuition, fear, and courage are ways to put the physical together with the mental. Think about a phrase like paralysed with fear, ju-jitsu teaches you to combat fear and the tension that comes with it.
Number 6: Conflict Resolution
I was bullied at school and I used to be the kind of guy that people picked fights with in the pub, after I learnt Ju-Jitsu that didn’t happen, People have asked me if I have ever used Ju-jitsu outside of practise. The answer is I have used my knowledge of martial arts many times to resolve conflict and in combat only once.
In Ju-Jitsu we learn that words are not grounds for a fight. That statement is the one I always keep in the back of my mind, because there is no such thing as fighting talk. Instead, you learn to respond without reacting in the martial arts.
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