Children Who Train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Are More Confident, Disciplined, Focused, Physically Fit, and Happier.
If you want to find out more about Kaizen’s Little Warriors (ages 5 & 6), Mighty Warriors (ages 7 & 8), or Junior Warriors (ages 9 – 14), click the Schedule Appointment button below, and you will receive:
- A free introductory group class
- If you decide to start your child, 30 days free
- Pricing and membership options
If you don’t want to schedule online here, feel free to text us at 734.224.4255, or call us at 734.667.3206 to set up your introductory lesson and tour.
You may be interested in getting your child involved in the martial arts for many reasons:
- Your child spends a lot of time in front TV, computer, or other screens all day and they need fitness.
- They suffer with ADD or ADHD.
- Maybe your child has not done well in team sports.
- You are concerned about their lack of confidence.
- There may be behavior problems at home and/or school.
- Your child has a lot of energy and can’t seem to focus it in the right direction.
- Their grades are poor.
- There have been bullying incidents at school or with their peers.
- They are disrespectful.
- Your child is overweight or out of shape.
The amazing thing about martial arts training is that all of these problems can be improved.
What Changes Would You Like To See In Your Child?
The definition of insanity is said to be doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. You want the best for your child, and maybe it is time to try something different.
What Will My Child Be Learning?
The art that we teach, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, was made popular by the Gracie family in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which Rorion Gracie started in 1993. He wanted to prove 2 things:
- most self-defense situations end up in close and on the ground
- with Jiu-Jitsu, a smaller person can defeat a larger and stronger attacker
Royce Gracie was around 170 lbs, and he defeated fighters of multiple disciplines, many of whom outweighed him by a lot.
We teach and train Jiu-Jitsu because we want children to learn an art form that actually works in a real situation if they ever have to defend themselves. Jiu-Jitsu is a reality- based martial art in that you can train it with a partner giving you 100% resistance. For example, if 2 students start from standing, the match will go as follows:
- both students bow to each other or shake hands as a sign of respect
- they both then try to stop from being taken down while trying to take their partner down
- depending on the drill, once one child has taken the other down, they may continue grappling on the ground to try to gain a superior position, or they may stop and start over from standing
This kind of realistic training is important because it gives each student feedback on where they’re weak and strong. If one gets take down with a double leg for example, that student then sees that they need to learn to prevent the double leg, and counter it with a technique called a sprawl. After practicing the prevention and the defense, they can do a live training with that same partner and they’ll find out whether they’re able to now stop them or not. If they can’t, they go back to drilling until they’re able to stop others from taking them down with the double leg.
This process develops discipline, focus, and confidence once the student sees success.
Will Training Martial Arts Make My Child Violent?
We have found that adult and children students become more peaceful for several reasons:
1. Stress Release
Training Jiu-Jitsu is a very good workout and is very physical. Students are able to channel their energy and stress into doing something positive.
Aggression often comes from insecurity. When you’re afraid that someone has the power to hurt you (physically or emotionally), you will have a natural reaction to want to get rid of that threat, which translates as a desire to attack them (physically or emotionally). When you believe that your training will protect you vs. someone who hasn’t trained as much as you, you understand that their chances or hurting you are lower, so you’re less threatened.
3. Life Skills Education
We regularly talk to our students about the qualities of a martial artist. We tell them that if someone is being physical with you, you have the right to protect yourself, but you don’t need to use more force than is necessary. This discipline is something we encourage in all areas of their life, not just in a self-defense situation.
Several years ago we had a parent ask us to talk to their child who had trained with us for 4 or 5 years, and was around 10 years old. They were attacked at school, but only blocked, and didn’t fight back. We asked the child why and he told us that he didn’t feel threatened, so he just blocked and moved, and they finally stopped attacking. It was a beautiful example of self-control as he could have hurt the attacker but chose not to.
Another of our students was attacked at school and they did defend themselves. They got a takedown and got a giftwrap control from the mount position. From that position you’re able to strike the person on the bottom in the face, and it’s very difficult for the person on the bottom to stop the strikes, or to get out. Our student decided not to strike, but told the attacker, “I could hurt you right now but I’m not going to.” The attacker started crying so our student let him go. Another example confidence and self-control.
How Does The Kaizen Children’s BJJ & Martial Arts Program Work?
The most powerful part of our program is that our students learn the life skills of the martial arts. Jiu-Jitsu is not just about self-defense. It is about applying the habits you develop in the dojo (the Japanese word for martial arts school) in your daily life. The qualities of a martial artist are:
- serving others with your strength
- persistence, perseverance, and commitment
- good communication skills
How We Have Created So Many Success Stories
We have a system for helping children become successes in life. Here are the main components:
1. Great Role Models
All of our teachers are good martial artists, not just fighters. They can fight, but more importantly, they have been selected to teach because of their teaching ability and people skills. If you have ever trained in a martial arts school, you probably have had a teacher that was not patient, or their English was not very good, and this can make learning difficult! Our teachers love helping students grow.
2. Belt Testing
Our children are not going to earn an adult black belt, but they are able to participate in our belt testing system. If they are demonstrating the right attitude in class and at home, they are demonstrating the proficiency and fitness for their next rank, and they complete their Kaizen Life Skills Homework, they are able to get the positive reinforcement of a higher belt. If they need extra support, our instructors can meet with the student before or after class for extra training to help them prepare for their test.
3. Kaizen Life Skills Homework
One of the requirements for belt testing is to complete the Kaizen Life Skills Homework. These are short exercises that they have to do at home that help them develop into martial artists. For example, one of the homeworks is Random Acts Of Kindness. They are given a sheet to list 20 acts of kindness that they perform before their belt testing. It could be taking out the trash, helping their younger brother or sister with their homework, or anything that helps others. We want them to understand that the power of being a martial artist is not in their ability to control others, but to control themselves.
4. A Disciplined Yet Fun Learning Environment
We teach in an “edutainment” format: classes that are educational and entertaining. We do not have a militaristic format to our classes, but we do require our students to wear their uniform and belt, to pay attention when instructors and students are talking, to show respect and consideration for everyone in class, to give their best effort, and to attend classes regularly.
5. Kaizen Mats Chats
Students are told stories and lessons every class that help create confident, responsible, focused, disciplined, and respectful children.
6. Jiu-Jitsu Training Naturally Develops Life Skills
There are a LOT of lessons to be learned just by training. One example is concentration. If a student is doing a takedown drill with their partner and they lose focus to look around the room, their partner is able to get the takedown. Students will naturally get positive and negative consequences for their actions.
7. Cardio, Strength, Balance, Coordination, and Flexibility
Every class the students get a workout! One of the great benefits of this kind of training is the stress release. Many do not think of kids having stress because they don’t have jobs and financial responsibilities, but this is not true! When children are getting regular intense exercise, you will see a difference in their behavior.
8. Effective Self-Defense
You cannot be with your child all of the time to protect them. There are bullies and adult predators that look for children that lack confidence. Our children are taught how to avoid and prevent self-defense situations, and if they do occur, how to protect themselves. Because all self-defense situations start from standing and most end up on the ground, our students are taught how to deal with punches, kicks, takedowns, ground grappling, as well as multiple attackers.
Can Martial Arts Training Help Your Child?
Some of our students never responded well to sports. If they are not athletic, they may have sat on the bench while others played. None of our students sit out. Our training is not about points, winning and losing. It is about attitude and character.
Experience Our Program at Absolutely No Risk to You
The next step to find out if this is something that could benefit your child is to schedule a free introductory class.
After you click the Schedule Appointment button, you can choose a class day and time that works for them. They can wear anything comfortable that doesn’t have any buttons or zippers. During or after class, one of our staff can go over the pricing and schedule with you.
If you decide to enroll your child, you will receive 30 days free training.
Start by clicking the Schedule Appointment Button. We look forward to meeting you soon!
The Staff of Kaizen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
See What Our Parents Have to Say…
“Ryan, I have nothing but praise for your methods, I have attended other schools where belts and trophies are the center of the training, and they are missing the mark. My kids are benefiting not only physically but a state of mind in your school and I commend you for all of your hard work and patience.”
“My daughter Nikita has always been extremely shy and lacked confidence. We tried gymnastics, dance, and t-ball and saw no difference. My wife and I are shocked at the changes we have seen in the last 3 months! We cannot thank you enough!”
“Our son Kyle has been bullied for years. We actually switched schools, but the bullying continued.
When he got into middle school, we noticed that he started to become angry and aggressive. He was slowly turning into a bully. We were lost as to what to do, and the counseling we had him in didn’t seem to make much of a difference.
Since enrolling we have seen a significant change in his attitude. We have heard you say many times that true strength is not in your ability to control other, but to control yourself. He seems to be taking this to heart.
We are so relieved that we have our son back! Thank you!!!”
“Peter is behaving so much better at home. I’m not sure if it is the workout he’s getting at Jiu-Jitsu, or the Life Skills Homework, but whatever your school is doing, it is working.”
“As a single mother, I have been concerned about my son’s lack of a positive male role model. I am really pleased with the example that your instructors set. They are always positive, confident, patient, and kind, yet they are consistent with the discipline.
I also love your stories and messages that you tell the kids at the end of every class!”
“My son was attacked at school at the bus stop. I was really proud when he defended himself without hurting the other boy. He held him down and told him, “I could hurt you right now but I’m not going to.” The other boy started crying so he let him go!
I am really proud of my son for not hurting the other boy. If he did not have training from Kaizen Jiu-Jitsu, I really don’t think there would be the same outcome. Thanks again!”
“My daughter has had symptoms of ADHD for some time. My husband and I didn’t want to use medication. We read a few studies about the benefits of martial arts training so we figured that it was worth a try.
We are very pleased with the results! She still has a lot of energy, but it is more focused. Her grades have improved, and her teacher has noticed a change in her behavior. We are so glad this worked!”