First developed in Brazil in the early 1900s, Jiu Jitsu is a contact sport that mainly involves grappling. An effective self-defense technique, it is actually based on the idea that even a small person will be able to defend himself against a bigger opponent or perpetrator.
Practitioners believe that this is one of the safest full-contact sports, with an injury rate of around 1 to 4 percent (or 1 to 4 out of 100 athletes). Though relatively safe, there are still risks involved such as the swelling of elbow and wrist tendons among others. This is why there are still parents who are on the fence about enrolling their kids to a class.
Is Jiu Jitsu Safe For Kids?
Unlike other contact sports that involve hitting or striking, this one is considered generally safe. Plus, classes intended for kids are designed to not include overly technical drills and practices.
As training hubs across the world also put safety as their priority concern, practitioners and instructors ensure that this sport is fun, engaging, beneficial, and harmless even for kids.
Typically, classes involving youngsters are small. This is to help instructors fully supervise their students. If you’re a parent, you are also allowed and encouraged to be there during the classes.
When Should Kids Be Enrolled?
While there is no standard age set as to when children can start learning this sport, many Jiu Jitsu academies accept enrollees who are around 3 to 4 years old. If you’re not sure if your kid is prepared to take classes like this, most schools offer a free trial class. Just keep in mind to arrive early on the first session to allow your little one adjust in his or her new environment.
You should also consider the following before enrolling your kids:
Your kids’ verbal communication skills. Your kids must be able to express themselves verbally before enrolling them to classes. This will be helpful not only in learning and clarifying about the lessons but also in socializing with fellow students.
The instructor’s experience in handling kids. It’s not a simple task to handle kids — especially so if they’re in a class where the fundamentals of a contact sport are being taught.
Your house’s proximity to the school. Jiu Jitsu classes can be physically exhausting for kids. One of the rewards you can give to them after a class is to immediately take them home so they can rest or eat snacks.
If you want your kid to be competition-ready, taking them to classes intended for this one is recommended to be done at around 8 to 10 years old. If you plan to do this one, orient your child first and tell them that more advanced techniques will be taught.
As a basic rule — whether you’re looking to enroll your kids for classes for leisure or for competition — never forcefully impose them to your children. And if they do say yes and start taking up lessons, see to it that they’re having fun and enjoyment while they do the activity.
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