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5 Things Parents Need to Know

5 Things Parents Need to Know

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I’m not a parent. I’m just a purple belt who has a lot of experience with martial arts. I also have several years of jiu-jitsu under my belt. I’ve helped coach a couple kids classes and seen kids compete in tournaments. Parents put their kids into jiu-jitsu for many reasons. It could be to keep them in shape, develop discipline, or help grow confidence. All of which are great reasons to have a child start training in Jiu-Jitsu. Parents however should keep a couple things in mind while on the sidelines watching their children.


1. Kids May not like Jiu-Jitsu at First

As with many new sports or activities, kids might not fall in love with jiu-jitsu on the first day, or week for that reason. Its important for parents to know that this is normal for some kids. But I’ve seen first-hand students who have a rough start end up striving and really enjoying jiu-jitsu for years to come. We ask that you work with us to help make your child’s jiu-jitsu experience the best. Jiu-jitsu is a powerful sport that can give you a confidence and pride like no other sport.


2. Don’t Hold Their Hand the Entire Time

Its every parent’s responsibility to make sure that their kids are safe at all times. At times however, kids may build a dependency on having their parents come save them every time something difficult comes along. Slowly, as parents, you will need to let go and teach your children how to become self sufficient. Kids must eventually become adults and learn to problem solve on their own. Jiu-jitsu provides students with a safe environment to learn how to overcome difficulties and challenges. Take the opportunity to teach your kids this valuable life lesson. The only way to learn how to overcome challenges, is to go through challenges.


3. Leave the Coaching to the Coaches and Professors

I love seeing parents get involved with their kids jiu-jitsu. I also love seeing how excited parents get when their kid is competing or training. One recommendation I would have to parents is to not talk over the professors or coaches as they try to do their job. This is especially true in tournaments. Cheering on your child is encouraged, but providing advice on technique is the coaches and professors job. This is especially true if the parents have no actual experience with jiu-jitsu.

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4. Parents Should Try a Couple Classes

Some parents have no idea how difficult jiu-jitsu can be because they’ve never tried it. I encourage and actually highly recommend all parents to take a couple classes, even if its just for a week. This will get them familiar with the intensity of jiu-jitsu, its technicality, and basic movements. You may find yourself to enjoy it, and continue learning. More importantly, its important for parents to know some of the fundamental techniques in jiu-jitsu. As I mentioned above, I love seeing parents engaged. I am however concerned when I hear parents yell something like “armbar” when not appropriate. By trying a couple classes, parents will develop their own appreciation not only for jiu-jitsu, but for what their children are doing.

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Yes, martial arts, like jiu-jitsu do teach children discipline and respect, just to name a few. However, it’s important to remember that kids will be kids and jiu-jitsu should be fun for everyone. It’s okay to take training seriously, but there needs to be a balance! Kids might burn out and decide the sport isn’t for them. Like all activities human beings do, regardless of age, there has to be a balance.

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If you have any questions, please ask your local coaches or professors. They do this for a living and have years of valuable experience to share!

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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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