Starting Jiu-Jitsu as a young child has many benefits. Starting early will help your child form a foundation of useful physical skills they can use as they get older. The skills kids learn through Jiu-Jitsu can then be applied to other areas of life.
Our Lion Cub Jiu-Jitsu program at Rolles Gracie Academy is for kids ages five to eight (with some exceptions for kids as young as four years old). Here are five reasons why this Jiu-Jitsu program is a good fit for your child:
1. Physical Health Benefits
Jiu-Jitsu comes with many physical health benefits, including increased fitness and building strong, healthy bones. Your child will use their body weight to develop overall strength while working on agility, speed, endurance, and flexibility.
2. Positive Outlook On Exercise
Enrolling young kids in activities they enjoy, like martial arts, teaches them that physical activity can actually be fun. Kids who establish a positive attitude about exercise at an early age are more likely to carry this healthy habit into adulthood.
3. Body Awareness and Balance
Jiu-Jitsu helps children develop body awareness and an understanding of where their body is in space. Kids also build additional foundational physical skills that promote strong motor coordination and balance.
4. Social Skills
The group environment of Jiu-Jitsu classes encourages kids to interact with their peers and develop valuable social skills. Kids learn what it means to treat others with kindness and respect. As a martial arts class student, kids also work on being patient and waiting for their turn.
Even as a beginner Jiu-Jitsu student, kids learn foundational skills that they build on as they gain more experience in this martial art. Practicing a variety of skills and then feeling a sense of accomplishment when applying them correctly leads to a boost in self-confidence.
It’s never too early to start Jiu-Jitsu. If you’re interested in learning more about enrolling your child in one of our martial arts programs at Rolles Gracie Academy in Old Bridge, contact us today.