Virtually every parent hopes their child gets physically and psychologically ready to deal with the challenges of modern life. The challenges children face can be discouraging, from bullies to the results of academic tests that can influence their entire life. Children must learn how the defend themselves having the right tools.

What can be done to help them? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is vital for the integrity of a child. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy that prepares a child for life rather than for a tournament should prepare a child for any self defense situation. The geniality of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu taught in the proper way can help the child to build great self confidence when he/she realizes that no bully can intimidate them, and also there is the development of motor skills, body coordination, mental discipline and academic achievement.

Additionally, the child is engaged with his/her peers in a positive atmosphere of social interaction, essential skill for all aspects of life.

In my school I incorporated specific exercises to remove all kinds of fears and insecurities, and activities to develop teamwork and social interaction.

I also brought together certain methods of physical education to improve motors skills, logical thinking and mathematics ability.

I was proud when Grandmaster Carlson Gracie first observed our children’s class he stated, ” I cannot imagine a parent that watch this class and would not be willing to enroll their son or daughter on this program, because it is a fantastic activity in building confidence, discipline and teach kids in how to defend themselves.”

It is our responsibility to teach children and help them become better human being. With the enormous challenges children face today, I feel it’s essential for them to face life equipped with the physical, psychological, and emotional power that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can offer them.

About Joao Crus