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Why Your Kids Should Be Training Jiu Jitsu
kristopher reid
Martial arts is something parents commonly place their children in for many reasons. Some are put in to learn self-defense and in some cases it is just a way for the parents to get a short break. Regardless the benefits children can gain by training are endless. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides many benefits to children that can follow them for life and create better individuals as a whole. 

Here’s 5 reasons why your kids should be training jiu jitsu. 

Problem Solving Skills

Children who are placed into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu learn vital problem solving skills. Every time anyone trains they are always faced with new problems and situations that must be tackled. This is a great way to sharpen young developing minds. 
Think of the times you were put into a new position. You had to follow the instructions to complete the move, then have the move completed on you. You had to connect this move to your current understanding. In order to use new moves, you need to connect them to things you already know. This type of learning is very important for young children.


Children learn discipline in BJJ. Having the structure, respect, and discipline that BJJ provides can be transferred into many other aspects of life. They learn the following things:

Dedication: coming to class every time
Attention: being quiet when the instructor is talking
Respect: being humble around upper belts and the instructor.

These things change the person who’s learning them. Children who are normally a bit rowdy can become calm and focused (which is always a great attribute).


Another benefit to children who train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that is often overlooked is the physical exercise aspect. From the warm up to the rolling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is sure to get your sweat on. The Center for Disease Control shows some fascinating and scary details on how important exercise is for kids:

The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. More and more, exercise is fundamental for children to get. 

One more reason your kids should train is because of the social environment. When we walk into the academy we are all equal no matter what. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brings in people from all walks of life and kids can meet new friends they may never have in any other way. We see each other all the time and this creates a very strong bond. We trust each other and depend on each other in order to learn.

Self Defense

Lastly if all this wasn’t enough to convince you that your child should be training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great self-defense system to learn. It has been shown that at some point most physical altercations end up on the ground where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is most useful. But also, martial arts in general teach you to be a calm and collected person and you become better at avoiding and preventing such altercations in the first place.ontent
Why You Don’t See Many Teenage Boys As BJJ White Belts
Written by ..... Jill Gill
This is a great article I read and all the teens at Noel Smith Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Glen Burnie, Maryland will be reading this by next week. 

The other night at class, one of our new students got visibly frustrated. He was (is) a great sport, but it finally got to him. The sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is not for the faint of heart, and the beat down finally forced this young man into a state of despair. It dawned on me how difficult his BJJ journey must be as a teenage boy just starting.
I’ve been in those moments more times than I care to count. Especially in the beginning, I would get so frustrated with my own weakness that I would find myself crying involuntarily. I’d sit out a round and blame it on an imaginary headache or injury. I’d spend a round in the bathroom trying to get it together.
I can only imagine how the internal conflict a teenage boy might feel when starting BJJ. It’s the time in your life when you’re told most often who you’re supposed to be. Then you walk on to a mat and learn that everything you thought you were was wrong. You’re not as strong as you thought you were, you’re not as fast as you thought you were, you’re wit does you no good, and you can’t flirt your way out of a sticky situation.
Jiu-jitsu tends to have a humbling effect on most people who start training, but it has to be even more intense for testosterone filled youth. I guess that’s why most males that train either started as children or adults… not teenagers.
In these moments of BJJ turmoil, it’s so vital to look at the endgame. It can be overwhelming in the present, but if you can step back and remind yourself that every class you attend, every round you roll, every submission you tap to will take you one step closer to being as good as you want to be. Keep talking yourself into coming back. Keep talking yourself into setting goals.
Here’s Why You Need To Master The Basics In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Especially The Rear Naked Choke
Written by ..... Mark Mullen
I was listening to the Joe Rogan Experience with MMA pioneer and veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy the other day. He and Joe Rogan were discussing the jiu-jitsu of Rickson Gracie. Big John had been a student of Rickson’s back in the early 90’s and had direct experience of his style of jiu-jitsu.
“Basic” is the word Big John and Rogan used to describe Rickson’s jiu-jitsu. The basic techniques (takedown to mount, rear mount, and then choke) that you may have learned in your introductory classes in BJJ.
The talk moved on to my favorite jiu-jitsu fighter, Kron Gracie, who is noted his exciting matches despite having a simple style.

The GOAT Roger Gracie is also a good example. Roger eschewed berimbolo and lapel guards for closed guard and cross choke from the mount when he was winning multiple world titles against the best in the world.
The basic techniques applied with precision, timing, pressure and all of the black belt details.
Like most of the BJJ addicts reading this article, I follow various BJJ accounts on Instagram, and every day I see videos of fancy and frankly, improbable technique sequences. The videos are fun to watch and entertaining. Some of the positions are highly creative to be sure. But do many of these fancy moves and transitions work against an opponent who is as experienced as you are in a live roll? The majority of the time the answer is no.
If you follow the world of competition jiu-jitsu, you know who the Danaher Death Squad is. The social media posts by head coach John Danaher are sometimes lengthy discourses on jiu-jitsu principles and theory. In one of Danaher’s conversations he gave his philosophy of concentrating the team’s training efforts on “high percentage” moves. Those are the moves that will work the majority of the time on athletic, skilled opponents while under duress.
We don’t need to look far to see data on what works at the highest levels of competition. A perfect example is found in the question “What is the most successful submission in the UFC?”
The answer is the rear naked choke, a basic move that even casual MMA fans are familiar with.
How can it be that the most basic jiu-jitsu submission is the most effective against professional fighters at the highest level of competition? Shouldn’t it follow that professional fighters know the RNC and can easily counter it? Are any of Demian Maia’s opponents caught by surprise when he gets them with a RNC?
That is not the only factor. Perhaps the best explanation for why the RNC from rear mount is so effective comes from Professor Danaher, who explains simply that the rear mount offers a high degree of control over the opponent and that the human body is poorly designed to defend threats that come from behind.
I used to think that, to beat highly skilled opponents, a BJJ fighter had to learn increasingly advanced and complicated positions. It seems logical that everyone knows the basic techniques and how to defend them.
But the examples of Rickson, Kron, and Roger Gracie suggest that we should look more in the direction of mastering the basics than crazy rolling transitions into fancy but low percentage moves.

At Noel Smith BJJ in Glen Burnie, MD we focus on basics and our amazing Fundamentals Alliance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Module. 

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