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When people decide to enroll their child in some sort of sport or activity, it usually isn’t until they are at least in grade school. If people do enroll a very young child in a sport it is usually something like soccer where all the child has to do is run up and down a field and chase a ball around. An unusual option to engage your child in is Brazilian jiu-jitsu which can start as young as three years old!

Jiu Jitsu, sometimes spelled Jujitsu, is a grappling martial art which focuses on groundwork.. Children work with instructors to learn simple take downs, choke holds, and joint locks. It is misconception to believe that martial arts training will somehow teach children to be aggressive or violent; in most cases, it is the polar opposite.. Brazilian jiu-jitsu teaches children many core moral values.  At my Columbia Jiu Jitsu school, important values such as perseverance, self-discipline, respect, and confidence are stressed in matside chats that occur at the end of class.

Martial arts is something you have to show dedication to in order to advance and progress. To enroll a child into kids martial arts will teach them perseverance because they are coming to regularly scheduled classes and showing continuous effort. Self discipline and respect are learned through interactions with not only the instructors but also with the other children.. They need to show respect to the instructor during class and follow instructions when they are given, but also need to respect other students they work with.

Just like school teachers, martial arts instructors that specialize in teaching children are out there.. The child at this age is a “tabula rasa” with no previous experience so he is very receptive to teaching.. This is a positive thing because they don’t have something to draw upon and mix into what they are learning, which would interfere with their learning.

Regardless of what you may think about starting a child in a martial art so early, it is becoming more and more common.and the benefits are becoming more noticeable..  At my Columbia Martial Arts training center, children grow physically, socially, and mentally through martial arts training, and it’s never to soon to start.

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Marshal Jones

Marshal Jones is Herschel Lawhorn's assistant and maintains this blog.

  2 Responses to “What Age Should My Child Begins His Martial Arts Training?”

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  1. I firmly believe that every young person beginning a martial arts program is the first step to aquiring
    the lost art of respect for authority, respect for others, and for themselves.
    Martial arts and the military provide both respect and discipline. I call it parental

  2. I agree, I think the Military and Martial Arts are both good character builders.

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