Martial arts programs, like Jiu-Jitsu, can help kids develop the skills needed to deal with a bully. But Jiu-Jitsu training goes beyond bullyproofing. Participating in Jiu-Jitsu helps kids develop and practice valuable character-building skills needed to succeed later in life.

Here are some of the character-building skills that kids learn and practice through Jiu-Jitsu training:


One of the first and most critical character-building values that all martial arts students learn is respect. When stepping foot on the mats, students are expected to treat each other and their instructor with respect. And showing this respect comes in many different forms. It’s demonstrated in listening and paying attention and treating others the way you wish to be treated. Students learn that showing respect for others doesn’t just apply to their martial arts classes; it’s necessary for all areas of life.



While some students choose to compete in Jiu-Jitsu, the martial arts class environment and focus tend to be more on a student’s individual improvement. When students are more focused on learning and personal improvement, they are likely to boost their self-confidence. Learning skills and applying them successfully drives this increase in confidence. Rather than relying on luck or another student’s abilities to determine success, the personal sense of accomplishment gained from mastering a skill based on time and effort leads to greater confidence.


In a sport like Jiu-Jitsu, improvement takes time and repetition. Rather than mastering a skill immediately, kids learn that they must be patient and stick with the learning process. Learning the value of patience and seeing their hard work pay off in the end is a lesson that applies to life beyond Jiu-Jitsu.

Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian offers martial arts programs for students of all ages. To learn more about the classes we’re currently offering and how to get started, contact us today.