Parents put their children into activities for a variety of reasons. I have been teaching children’s martial arts classes for over ten years and have heard many of the reasons but I have also had the opportunity as a coach, instructor and mentor to be with some of these children on their journey. From my experiences I have recognized that the unseen aspects of learning martial arts for children, specifically Brazilian jiu-jitsu, are just as important as what is seen.
We teach children several things: having respect for their instructors, taking care of their training partners, learning to have responsibilities and listening skills. These are a few of the ‘seen’ aspects that you will observe while watching your child.
What are the ‘unseen’ aspects of a martial arts class? More so, what are parents paying for?
I could go on and on. Children will learn from a young age how to be strong, confident and to believe in themselves, while understanding what disappointment is and how to move forward from it.
Sometimes life is hard and it has hard lessons. We help to prepare a child by putting them in a safe and caring environment where they can learn how to fail and move forward. They learn to work hard for success and have fun along the way. We help to keep them motivated and inspired.
This is why I have taught martial arts to children for ten years and continue to do so every day, loving every minute of it.
Written by Sarah Draht
Edited by Elaine Podovennikoff