Kids’ social skills help them have positive interactions with others and include things like sharing, participating, following directions, staying on task, being patient, and listening.
We use social skills to interact with other people and build relationships. For kids who tend to be more shy, practicing social skills can help them become more comfortable. The development of social skills can also help kids who might have a hard time listening to others or who interrupt conversations.
Kids learn social skills in a variety of settings, including home and school. Jiu-Jitsu classes create another structured environment where kids practice things like waiting for their turn, following directions and getting along with other students.
Here are a few more ways that a kids Jiu-Jitsu program can help with the development of social skills:
1. Practice making friendships.
If your child struggles with making friends, getting started with a new activity, like Jiu-Jitsu, can help. If your child has struggled in the past or had a bad experience, the new environment lets your child start fresh with meeting new kids. Sharing something in common helps with building friendships, and in Jiu-Jitsu, your child will have that in common with the other students.
2. Gain confidence.
Participating in Jiu-Jitsu can lead to an increase in your child’s self-confidence. As their skills improve, so will their confidence. A child who feels confident is more likely to interact with other students in the class. The smaller class size also encourages kids to be confident in coming out of their shells and practicing their social skills.
3. Practice teamwork.
Jiu-Jitsu might be an individual activity, but each individual is still part of a larger group or team. The group dynamics of a Jiu-Jitsu class creates an environment where your child can practice working with and alongside others. Practicing teamwork and working with others is yet another way a child’s confidence grows, making them more willing to participate and contribute to a class.
4. Respect others.
All Jiu-Jitsu students of all ages are expected to treat others with respect. In martial arts, you show respect by using good manners and being polite. You treat others as equals and accept differences, no matter what. Kids also learn valuable character-building life lessons in being kind in what you say and how you act.
If you’d like to learn more about how martial arts can help your child develop social skills, as well as more confidence, contact us at Rolles Gracie Academy in Old Bridge today.