As the parent of a child who trains Jiu-Jitsu, what’s the best way to help and support them? As tempting as it might be, calling out tips and advice from the sidelines is not recommended. Instead, it’s best to leave any coaching to your child’s coaches and instructors. So, what can you do?
For kids who train Jiu-Jitsu, here are some ideas on how to support your young athletes:
1. Find out what your child likes about Jiu-Jitsu.
To support your young athlete, find out what they like about Jiu-Jitsu. Instead of asking them how they did in class, ask them what they learned or liked about today’s class.
2. Support your child in what they like about training.
Once you know what your child likes about Jiu-Jitsu training, keep it fun. Don’t try to force your personal training goals or objectives onto your child. Encourage them to take their own journey.
3. Expect your child’s motivation to ebb and flow over time.
Whether you’re a child or an adult, your motivation for an activity will change over time. Your kid’s experience is no different. Some days, your child might not want to go to class. And other days, they’ll be in the car waiting for you. So expect some ebb and flow.
4. Give your child the chance to figure things out on their own.
Give your child some time to figure out what Jiu-Jitsu is all about and what they’re learning. Then, encourage them to set their own goals and experience their own path to improvement and success.
5. Stay positive and encouraging.
Negative words and actions will not inspire or support your young athlete. If your child is struggling (for example, doesn’t feel like going to class one day), try to help them from a place of support and positivity. Try to understand where they’re coming from and offer support instead of anger, fear, or frustration.
If you’re interested in getting your child started in a martial arts program, reach out to us at Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We’ll make sure they’re set up for success and that they have a great time learning a new skill and meeting new friends.