How To Prepare Your Child For Training BJJ
So you’re thinking of starting your child in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Congratulations! You’re taking the first steps in bringing up respectful, disciplined and confident children.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get and answers to help you prepare your child to take the leap into the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
“How old does my kid have to be to start BJJ?”
Our kids classes start from the age of 5. At 5 years old a child can learn the basic movements and concepts to set up accelerated learning when they mature. We encourage any parents with children younger than 5 to start some training at home! That brings us to our next point!
“What can I do at home to help my child’s BJJ?”
For the younger ones and those just starting out, simple movements like moving from guard to side control and side control to mount are perfect for developing a word and movement association. It’s vital that kids can actively listen to coaches and execute movements on command, especially if they want to compete later on!
For older and more advanced kids, it’s important to talk to your coaches and figure out exactly what they need to work on. All kids coaching staff at Base have a good grasp on where each child is in their skills progression and what they need to work on to become well rounded grapplers, so just ask and we will provide some simple drills and movements for at home rolling!
“Is there anything my kid can learn before starting?”
This is an important one, skills that make good Jiu Jitsu students aren’t all physical. Important attributes for our students are; good listening skills, respect for coaches and other students, asking questions about things they don’t understand and the courage to have a go! If a child can begin to acquire these skills before starting to train, they will have terrific progress in a short amount of time.
On a more physical side, learning the basic positions in Jiu Jitsu is a great place to start before attending a class! Guard, side control and mount are the big three. If a child can get into each of these positions when asked, their progress will be accelerated in class.