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Why your kids should train Jiu Jitsu instead of other martial arts

Young Martial Arts Students training Jiu Jitsu in Grand Rapids, MI

Enrolling your child in sporting activities and martial arts enhances your child's physical and social development. Enrolling your child in different options helps them develop new skills and really find the physical passion that fits their personality. When researching martial arts for your kids, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the clear winner for your best choice.

Top 5 Reasons Jiu Jitsu is the best martial art for your kids.

  1. Grappling is real. There are two general categories of martial arts - striking and grappling arts. Young children should not be engaging in live striking training, which creates a challenge with practice design and skill development. With grappling, kids can train at full velocity in a safer environment. This allows them to develop real skills in a competitive environment.

  2. BJJ is growing. The future of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is bright. There is a large network of competitions, an increasing number of BJJ gyms, and more developed professional paths than other martial arts as students move into adulthood.

  3. BJJ is forever. Many grappling arts are 100% sport focused. This usually means young children work hard to develop their skill through high school, maybe see a college career, and then have limited training options. BJJ has a strong sport component, but an even larger martial arts culture. This allows students to train through adulthood, creating a life long love and mastery of martial arts.

  4. Jiu Jitsu is the most complete grappling art. Rulesets define the way martial arts are trained. Grappling arts such as wrestling, judo, and sambo are all great martial arts to engage in, but these styles simply represent a subset of what is possible in Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu is by far the most comprehensive grappling art you can learn.

  5. Cross training - because BJJ is so comprehensive, the BJJ student can participate in sports such as wrestling and Judo and still be competitive. This opens the doors to more training opportunities as they develop.

Find a local Jiu Jitsu gym near you

Grand Rapids area Jiu Jitsu gyms offer a free trial, so your child can come check out some classes for free! Check out our gym finder to find a gym with qualified instructors closest to you.

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