No parent wants to see their child get injured in any sport, including Jiu Jitsu. The older generation, when growing up, had less concern for dangerous outcomes of experiences like climbing trees, hopping fences and getting a thrill from riding bikes down steep hills. The result of being able to experience some of these things as a young child was the building of courage, self confidence, understanding how to assess dangerous situations as well as building a great spirit for adventure and exploration. We know one thing for sure: there is almost no personal growth and development of something like courage when almost all the child's time is spent indoors, afraid to step outside their comfort zone.
It’s very easy to see the dangers of having no concern for your child's physical and emotional well-being; neglect is a terrible thing. However, being an overprotective parent will lead to the child having high emotional dependency on the parents, a lack of confidence and self belief as well as other psychological issues.
Through this introduction, I am not alluding to the notion that Jiu Jitsu is a crazy, dangerous sport that is destined to get someone severely injured or maimed. But like most sports, injuries can occur. The only alternative to not getting injured in life in no movement at all and remaining tucked away from the world. Of course, that doesn’t sound like a great solution.
Jiu Jitsu, unlike any other sport, has a very low impact on joints. There is no striking involved, which in turn reduces the risk of brain injuries such as concussions. Jiu Jitsu is a partnered sport therefore there is the risk of training partners being too aggressive. However, this falls at the feet of the instructor and what type of culture they have created within the Jiu Jitsu academy. Click Here to read about the important things to factor in when choosing a Jiu Jitsu academy for yourself or a child. If an academy has no culture, then vanity and glory is more likely to take place, however, this is more of a problem that adults encounter and have to deal with. Children on the other hand are more pure natured and innocent at a young age, usually lacking the ability to do serious harm to other children simply because they lack the physical size and power.
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We focus a lot on the culture of all our classes starting from the age of 4, all the way to our adult classes. Our culture covers a lot about how we should be treating ourselves and our training partners when on and off the mats. This is a seriously important factor, especially for kids. During most of the Jiu Jitsu class, the children are taught how to play with others (teamwork is a large focus here as well) and how to handle their emotions when they win or lose in games. These lessons are blended together with the art of Jiu Jitsu and this leads to an amazing vehicle for self-development. Your child gets to learn how to defend themselves but also grows as an individual with other kids their age, in an environment with coaches that genuinely care for the well being of your child. We keep the spirit of adventure alive while teaching them how to play-fight safely with one another and the coaches.
“Never was anything great achieved without danger”
- Niccolo Machiavelli
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