Coordination is a physical skill which means, like strength or endurance, you can train it. Not all of us are born with coordination, but it can be improved in kids and adults with practice.
Kids who improve coordination experience a variety of benefits. Not only is coordination necessary in daily life, but it also can positively affect a child’s self-confidence and social skills.
There are many ways to improve coordination, including martial arts. Here are four ways that Jiu-Jitsu improves coordination in kids:
When learning Jiu-Jitsu, students spend a lot of time practicing drills through repetition. By training this way, a child learns specific body movements and patterns that translate to increased flexibility, agility, and coordination.
Another way that kids improve coordination through Jiu-Jitsu is through synchronization. Learning Jiu-Jitsu techniques teaches students to use their bodies as one unit. With practice, clumsy and uncoordinated movements become smoother and connected.
3. Spatial Awareness
Jiu-Jitsu also improves coordination through spatial awareness. Some kids struggle with knowing where their bodies are in their environment. Jiu-Jitsu training can help hone this skill giving kids a better sense of spatial awareness through better body coordination and control.
Coordination takes a strong connection between the brain and the body. And strengthening this connection takes mental focus and concentration. Kids build the link between the brain and body through Jiu-Jitsu training. Not only do they become more coordinated, but they’re also able to carry over the improvement in focus to other areas of their daily lives.
If you’re looking for a fun way to help your child improve coordination and other physical skills, Jiu-Jitsu is a great option.
Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian is here to guide you to success on and off the mat. To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering, contact us today.