We want your child to enjoy and succeed in Jiu-Jitsu just as much as you do. How do we increase the chances of this happening? Here are three ways that you can support your child in Jiu-Jitsu:
1. Be realistic with your expectations.
If your child is brand new to martial arts, what expectations do you have with this new activity? If you want your child to try something new, get more physical activity, meet some new friends, and have fun in a safe environment, great! That’s what we want for your child, too. Before making the jump to Jiu-Jitsu champion, support your child in developing a positive outlook on martial arts by encouraging them to have fun.
2. Let your kids learn at their own rate.
Give your child time to learn at a rate that’s comfortable for them. If you watch your child’s classes, it may be tempting to coach from the sidelines. However, offering instruction to your child is a bit of a risk. If you come off as critical, they may not enjoy martial arts as much and end up wanting to quit. Step back and let your child figure things out on their own.
3. Allow time for character development.
Martial arts teaches kids many valuable life skills and character traits. But just like the martial arts skills they’re learning, these mental and life skills take time to develop, as well. If you enroll your child in martial arts and expect an angel after the first week, you might have set your expectations too high for both your child and the program.
Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the Treasure Valley specializes in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (grappling) for self-defense. We have programs for adults and kids, and we’d love for you to come out and learn more about what we’re all about. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.