Learning martial arts has a positive impact on the physical and mental well-being of kids. Each child learns various life skills through Jiu-Jitsu, and one specific mental skill that grows through training is self-confidence.
Here are four ways Jiu-Jitsu can boost confidence in kids:
1. Mutual Respect
When a child trains Jiu-Jitsu in a group, not only will they learn a variety of physical skills, but they’ll also learn a valuable lesson about respect. Students are expected to respect their instructor and fellow students. And at the same time, the instructor shows respect to all students in the class. Maintaining the same respect for all individuals, no matter the circumstances, can boost a child’s confidence.
2. Acceptance of Failure
A positive atmosphere focused on continuing to try even after failing can go a long way in boosting a child’s confidence. Jiu-Jitsu teaches kids that there is value in failing. Kids learn to get back up and try again with the understanding that this “fail, get back up, fail, and get back up” process might need to be repeated several times before experiencing success.
3. Focus on Progress
Jiu-Jitsu training allows kids to work toward both short and long term goals. While a student’s journey through Jiu-Jitsu is marked with milestones such as belt rankings, the focus is on individual improvement and continued progress. Achieving small goals while working toward a larger goal provides kids with a sense of accomplishment, increasing confidence.
4. Social Skills
By taking Jiu-Jitsu classes, your child will meet new kids from many different backgrounds and be able to interact with them in a group setting. Suppose your child is typically shy around new people. In that case, the Jiu-Jitsu class structure can help them feel more confident around their peers. They’ll feel more comfortable and be able to slowly come out of their shells.
To learn more about how Jiu-Jitsu can boost your child’s self-confidence, contact us at Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian. We offer a variety of martial arts programs for kids, as well as adults.