Kids who participate in martial arts get physical and mental benefits that carry over into their daily lives. From an early age, kids learn the importance of physical activity and are more likely to become active adults. They also learn self-defense techniques that include the skills to diffuse a conflict while staying calm and in control.
The skills that kids learn from martial arts have the potential to extend into the classroom. Here are a few of the Jiu-Jitsu life skills that kids can take back to school this year:
1. Social Skills
Participating in Jiu-Jitsu helps kids develop social skills and become friends with children from many different backgrounds. Martial arts creates an environment where kids learn to respectfully interact with their fellow students, as well as their martial arts instructors. Kids who tend to be shy around other kids feel comfortable in this environment and are more likely to come out of their shell.
A child who has a hard time staying on task can learn to focus by practicing martial arts. To learn Jiu-Jitsu, kids must focus, listen, and pay attention. The same is true for the classroom. A child who has worked to become more focused through martial arts can develop better habits at school.
In both a martial arts class and the classroom at school, kids are expected to listen and pay attention. Paying attention to a school teacher instead of talking to the student sitting next to them takes discipline. Jiu-Jitsu helps kids develop self-discipline as they figure out how to stay in control of their mind and body.
Improving in Jiu-Jitsu is dependent on the work an individual student puts into their practice. What you do as an individual determines your success. Kids learn that by working hard, they can accomplish goals. And this feeling of achievement contributes to an increase in self-confidence. Kids can take this boost in confidence to other areas of their lives, including the classroom.
Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Treasure Valley offers Jiu-Jitsu programs for kids of all ages. Contact us to learn more or to get started today.