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5 Great Benefits of Competitive Jiu-Jitsu For Kids

Jiu-Jitsu helps kids develop both physical and mental skills, along with learn techniques to handle bullying, if the situation arises. Jiu-Jitsu can provide benefits both on the mats in the school and outside of the school in competitive tournaments, such as the Gracie Barra Competition Network tournaments.

Gracie Barra’s Competition Network tournaments match students up with other Gracie Barra students in a fun, supportive environment. While competitive jiu-jitsu may not be for everyone, lots of students find benefits from competing in Jiu-Jitsu.

If you’re not familiar with competitive Jiu-Jitsu or Gracie Barra’s Competition Network, here are five benefits kids gain from competing Jiu-Jitsu and may gain from participating in Gracie Barra’s Competition Network tournaments.

1. Competitive Jiu-Jitsu builds character.

Many aspects of competition parallel life. It’s not always an easy journey and sometimes students must overcome adversity in competition. This could be overcoming a confidence issue, for example, or coming back from behind to win. Regardless, Jiu-jitsu has the ability to build character through learning how to overcome challenges faced on the mat. These same lessons can be carried into the later years of life.

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2. Kids learn how hard work in Jiu-Jitsu class can pay off.

Getting to the top at anything isn’t easy. Training for competition will help motivate you in this field. It takes time, dedication, and hard work. Even as a Jiu-Jitsu white white belt, you learn that your natural strength and speed only takes you so far. Learning proper techniques and putting in hard work in training will pay off, and in competitions, students see advancements in their Jiu-jitsu and possibly a place on the podium.

3. Kids can identify their own talents at an early age.

It’s difficult to know if your child maybe the next Roger Gracie, or Albert Einstein, unless abilities are nurtured at an early age to manifest into something great. Competitions will bring out the best in in kids, and help them identify their potential. They are better able to identify their strengths, through matching up against kids of other skill sets.

4. Kids learn how to deal with defeat.

Losing is a part of Jiu-jitsu, and learning to be humble in defeat can be difficult at times. In competition, it can be hard to cope with losing. Gracie Barra coaches work with kids to understand the loss and use as a motivation to improve. This is a valuable lesson that helps kids cope with defeat as they age and face harder challenges.

5. Competition can be fun!

Going to a competition as a competitor or spectator is a great way to bond with your team. Kids can feel the support of their team, their coaches, and the entire Gracie Barra family. Kids learn, grow and get out of their comfort one of training on the mats of their home school.

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Although Jiu-jitsu competitions can be intimidating to some kids, many students enjoy competitions as something to look forward to and work towards. You never know — one competition may begin a lifetime of passion for self-improvement and the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle.

Learn About Gracie Barra Scottsdale

Gracie Barra Scottsdale is excited to bring Brazilian jiu-jitsu to Scottsdale, Arizona and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in trying Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Gracie Barra Scottsdale, we’re running a Pre-Registration Special for a $100 coupon off your uniform & first month of classes, valid for the only first 50 people who sign up! Learn more here.

~ Patrick J. Flores

writer patrick flores gracie barra brazilian jiu jitsu scottsdale azAbout the Author: Patrick’s love for martial arts began early on in life. He was greatly influenced by pop culture and the desire to mimic figures he saw on TV. This sparked his love affair with combat sports and the culture behind it. He obtained a BA in History from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and wrote his senior thesis on the development of Martial Arts within the United States. During this time, he practiced Karate, eventually receiving his black belt under Sensei Ray and Shawna Ginocchio in 2011. Soon after achieving his black belt in Karate, he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Patrick is currently holding a purple belt under Professor Rafael Olivera and trains out of Gracie Barra Chino. In addition to training in jiu-jitsu, Patrick attends California State University Fullerton for his MBA. He hopes to one day use his experience, education, and passion for martial arts to develop a rewarding career.

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