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8 Reasons Why Your Kid Should Be Training BJJ

8 Reasons Why Your Kid Should Be Training BJJ | Citadel BJJ

By: Logan C. (BJJ Purple Belt & Citadel coach) Posted: 3/5/24

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) isn’t just a martial art—it’s a tool for personal development, offering numerous benefits for children. At Citadel BJJ in Iowa City, we’re committed to providing a comprehensive BJJ program that supports physical, mental, and emotional growth in young practitioners. With the exciting news of our new school opening in the summer of 2024, there’s never been a better time to get your child started. Here are eight compelling reasons why BJJ is the perfect choice for your kid.

Key Takeaways

  •  Self-Defense
  • Promotion of Physical Health
  • Development of Discipline and Focus
  • Boost in Confidence
  • Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills
  • Cultivation of Respect and Sportsmanship
  • Dealing with Failure
  • Friendships

Introduction

Citadel BJJ offers a dynamic, safe, and engaging setting for kids to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Under the guidance of seasoned instructors like Black Belts James Kelly & Matt Leighton, our program is designed to instill discipline, enhance fitness, and impart self-defense skills in an enjoyable and enriching manner.

Benefits of BJJ for Kids

1. Self-Defense

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is one of the best ways to improve your kids self-defense. BJJ emphasizes leverage, technique, and strategic thinking over brute strength, making it an ideal self-defense method for children. They learn how to defend against larger and stronger opponents, a fundamental aspect of BJJ that is particularly relevant for younger practitioners. As someone who is 140 pounds, I can attest to the art of Jiu-jitsu and being able to defeat larger opponets

At Citadel BJJ, our coaches are committed to teaching self-defense in a manner that is respectful, responsible, and appropriate for your child. The goal is not to encourage aggression but to empower children with the confidence and skills to protect themselves effectively and safely.

2. Physical Fitness

Our classes are a comprehensive workout that boosts strength, endurance, and flexibility, promoting a healthy lifestyle. Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best physical activities I have ever done & has got me into the best shape of my life. 

3. Discipline

BJJ instills the values of hard work, dedication, and discipline, beneficial in all aspects of life. Kids will learn 

4. Confidence

Overcoming challenges and mastering new skills in BJJ boosts children’s self-esteem and confidence. As one of the kids coaches, I have personally seen kids be the “quiet kid in the corner” to participate in the class with all of the other kids over time. 

5. Problem-Solving

Described as physical chess, BJJ enhances cognitive skills and decision-making through its dynamic problem-solving nature.

6. Respect

Children learn the importance of respect for the coaches peers, and themselves, creating a positive learning environment. The kids aren’t just learning techniques & self-defense but life lessons of respect & listening. Coach James Kelly has over 15+ years of experience of coaching & teaching kids how to be respectful 

7. Dealing with Failure

 BJJ teaches children that failure is not a setback but a crucial part of learning. The martial art involves a lot of failure Our kids coaches emphasize resilience, showing kids that persistence and a positive outlook are essential for overcoming challenges. This mindset helps them see failure as an opportunity for growth, instilling confidence and perseverance that extend beyond the mats into every aspect of their lives.

8. Friendships

BJJ classes at Citadel BJJ offer a unique opportunity for kids to form friendships outside of their usual school and sports circles. Many children at Citadel have discovered new friendships, enjoying the camaraderie and shared experiences of training in Jiu-Jitsu. These friendships, forged on the mats, often extend beyond the gym, providing a supportive network that encourages personal growth, teamwork, and mutual respect.

Conclusion

Enrolling your child in BJJ at Citadel BJJ is a gift of valuable life skills, self-defense knowledge, and a healthy, creative outlet. Join us today and witness your child’s transformation in the enriching world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

8 Reasons Why Your Kid Should Be Training BJJ

FAQs

Q: Is BJJ safe for children?

A: Absolutely. We prioritize safety, teaching children self-defense in a controlled, safe environment that emphasizes technique over strength. We have 4-5 coaches on the mats during practices.

Q: What age can children start BJJ training?
A: Children as young as 4 can begin their BJJ journey at Citadel BJJ. Our programs cater to the developmental needs of various age groups.

For more information on our kids’ BJJ program and updates on our new school, visit our Citadel BJJ Blog.

About Head Kids Coach James Kelly

James Kelly, a respected figure in the wrestling & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community, brings a wealth of experience to the mat. As a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the driving force behind the Eastern Iowa Wrestler Club, Kelly’s approach to teaching wrestling is both comprehensive and accessible. His expertise in BJJ and wrestling allows him to bridge the gap between the two disciplines, offering a unique perspective that benefits all grapplers.

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Join Us at Citadel BJJ | Iowa City

Join us at Citadel BJJ for our dedicated Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, designed to empower your child with confidence, discipline, and physical fitness. Our team of five experienced kids coaches is passionate about coaching kids Jiu-Jitsu in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

Our Kids BJJ classes are more than just martial arts training; they’re a platform for personal growth and development. Through BJJ, children learn valuable life skills such as respect, teamwork, and perseverance, all while having Fun!

If you would like to speak with a coach at Citadel BJJ right now, simply call 319-855-8110… and ask about our FREE TRIAL for kids & adults.

Click these links below for more info on BJJ in Iowa City, Iowa
 
 

Class Schedule

Kids 7-13 Years Old

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 5-6 PM

Kids 4-6 Years Old

Tuesday & Thursday: 5-530 PM

Citadel BJJ | Iowa City,IA

Author Box:

I’m Logan, a purple belt and fundamentals coach at Citadel BJJ in Iowa City. As an assistant kids coach with competition experience across the USA, I’ve been grappling since 2017. My focus is on building a strong foundation for beginners and fostering a supportive environment for all students.

Read more Citadel BJJ Blogs: https://bjjiniowacity.com/iowa-city-blog/

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