There are many different Martial Arts out there, and it can be hard to really understand the differences between styles when you are trying to choose what would be best for your child. Here are several reasons why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is one of the safest forms for children to begin their journey into the world of Martial Arts:
It is a non-violent yet effective and complete self-defense system. Many parents want their child to learn a martial art in order to defend herself/himself against bullies or unwanted strangers. Having a safe and foundational system of self-defense is key to children feeling confident about defending themselves if needed. Because it is completely based in leverage and submission, BJJ technique actually gives the smaller opponent an advantage. There is no kicking or punching involved, unlike many other martial arts.
It is a natural martial art, based in leverage and balance. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses the principles of action – reaction, leverage, and base. Children learn to use an opponent’s power as an advantage, rather than fighting against the force. We practice many different games that help children experience these principles and learn to understand how to use them as techniques. Children develop a heightened sense of body awareness and coordination, which leads to self-confidence and inner discipline. Not only do children learn how to effectively defend themselves, but also strengthen their kinesthetic abilities to excel in any other sport of which they participate. It doesn’t have to be a choice of one sport or the other
Self Defense– Your child will learn real-world techniques that will help them to defend themselves in dangerous situations. Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s focus is to teach students who are smaller and weaker to defend themselves against a larger, stronger assailant. While we teach students that the first choice is to avoid conflict all together, we will prepare them with the skills required to protect themselves in situations that cannot be avoided.
Fitness– The stamina and endurance children develop during Martial Arts training in our Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, results in natural weight loss and an improvement in overall physical and mental health.
Self Confidence– Your child will naturally gain self confidence as they work their way through the belt system and progress. Our belt system provides children measurable goals to follow that are realistic to attain. Your child will gain a sense of self accomplishment by mastering new techniques and earning belts that will follow them throughout their life.
Self Discipline– Brazilian jiu-jitsu instills mental focus in your child. Your child will learn how to concentrate on learning a technique while seeing it through. But there is much more than that…We want to make sure that our students are working on their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique, improving their behavior at home, as well as improving their grades at school. We teach a very effective form of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and want to make sure that the right kids are learning it.
Respect– All martial arts put strong emphasis on respect. Students will learn to treat other students the way they would want to be treated. We will also continuously impress upon your child the importance to show respect to parents, teachers and peers in their every day lives.
The Origin of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is considered to be “the gentle art”. Jiu-Jitsu emerged over 4,000 years ago and can be traced back to India and the Buddhist Monks. It was a martial art that did not involve violence or weapons. It spread and evolved over the years through Japan (officially now called Judo in Japan) and then to Brazil in 1925, when Helio Gracie opened the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school there. Helio improved on traditional jiu-jitsu to accommodate practitioners of smaller, weaker size. Focusing on technique, he was able to reduce the reliance on strength.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was first widely introduced to the United States in the 1990′s and has continued to grow and gain popularity. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective martial arts today, and is well-known across the globe.
Our Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program in Lake County, Illinois
The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts and Gracie Veneration offer a unique program for kids that will not only provide your child with the necessary skills to defend themselves, character development and a sense of community, they will also gain the necessary benefits that will help them in all areas of their everyday life.
Gracie Veneration Brazilian Jiu jitsu is not only a lifestyle and proven method of self-defense, but it is also a competitive sport. We offer your child the opportunity to be a part of the Gracie Veneration Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitive team and compete across the country.
Gracie Veneration continues to develop the Midwest’s largest and most successful kid’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program which has captured numerous team titles and continues to equip young people for success!
THE BENEFITS OF JIU-JITSU at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts
The Gracie Veneration Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grading System
The Gracie Veneration Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grading system is aligned with the new IBJJF youth grading system that was implemented in 2012. This system provides our youth students continuous opportunity to advance throughout the year by learning the techniques taught in class and through regular attendance. Each student has the opportunity to earn belts each year and earn stripes throughout the year. The belt ranking system is below:
Get your son or daughter started in Gracie Veneration Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Today!
We encourage you to take advantage of our free trial period…Try us out while meeting friendly staff, parents and students. Click here to get started with your free week trial period. If you have any questions about our programs, Please feel free to contact us at 847.573.1672. Thank you for your interest in The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts… We look forward to hearing from you!