Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu For Kids
The Perfect Balance between too much and not enough!
It is not rare to have a child shed a tear during training. I would have cried at their age too. I’ve seen adults cry when getting promoted and winning/losing competitions. It’s very emotional and sometimes you got to let it out. As a coach, I try my best to build kids up. “Awesome job. Great escape!” Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There is contact in our sport. What we do in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu takes people out of their comfort zone, puts them in a high energy contact situation and forces them to deal with it in real-time when things seem most chaotic, and this can bring on intense emotional reactions. Our students’ parents are the real heroes. They trust us and let their kids see that trust. They give the hugs and reassurance and support their children as they slowly begin to gain success with the techniques and greater confidence. After a while, if they fall or get squished by another student, they don’t cry, but bounce back with superhero enthusiasm. Discomfort becomes manageable. They have learned to find the calm in the chaos. This is a priceless skill to have not just in training or in sport, but in everyday life, knowing when to persevere. This is also no accident. In our academy, we are very intentional in how we regulate stress and discomfort. Students learn to deal with chaos in a controlled environment with an instructor always ready either to allow let them fight out of a tough spot or to intervene and let them re-compose. In our academy, there is no ritual discipline in the way of formation, vocal repetition or physical movement in unison. Our discipline is self-discipline – how they control their emotions while meeting contact and chaos head-on. The skill gained here is more than a sport or self-defense, but a life skill that can be relied on when facing life’s toughest obstacles. Oss