Why should my child train in Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu Jitsu practice contains a balanced combination of cardiovascular and resistance training that is great for children. Northwest Jiu Jitsu academy emphasizes a safe and progressive system taught by highly trained professionals. We keep the training fun and engaging by integrating a child's natural need to play. As children become proficient in the art their strength, flexibility and balance improves—and success follows. With success on the mat comes improved esteem and confidence in life.
Competition is an option but is not required. Several tournaments are held throughout the year and we also host some internally. We encourage and coach the children at all of these events. Regardless of your child's goals in training, we will always emphasize sportsmanship and camaraderie.
Bullying and Self Defense:
We know the impact and harsh reality of bullying. Jiu Jitsu is designed to give children tools to safely defend themselves from bully attacks. It is proven that most fights and attacks, especially where there is a size disparity, end up in a wrestling clinch or on the ground. It therefore makes sense to train children to handle situations where they can control a larger opponent in the clinch and on the ground. Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art where safety and control is paramount. Jiu Jitsu has been proven in literally thousands of events and live situations to be highly effective in enabling smaller people to safely dominate much larger aggressors.
The Belt System:
We award up to 10 colored belts to kids, white through green. Each color has four stripes (or stages of training). Stripes are awarded for participation in 12 classes. After the 4th stripe and 12 additional classes, the students are then tested on their knowledge and awarded a new belt.