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Benefits of Jiu Jitsu for Kids

The Power of Jiu Jitsu for Kids: Building Confidence and Safety from the Ground Up

I get asked weekly about why children and youth should learn Jiu Jitsu, and how they would benefit. In today’s fast-paced world, equipping our children with the skills to protect themselves and build resilience is more crucial than ever. At Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy, we understand this need deeply. Our focus is not just on teaching Jiu Jitsu as a fun activity, but as a vital life skill, especially for our youngest members.

Why should kids train Jiu Jitsu? Let’s highlight a few that we at Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy consider foundational.

1. Self-Defense Skills: In an era where bullying in schools remains a significant concern for parents, Jiu Jitsu provides children with the emotional skills to set boundaries, and the physical skills to defend themselves. More importantly, they learn these skills in a controlled, respectful environment where the emphasis is on defense, not aggression. I will write a blog soon about why we don’t teach kick and punches to our kids and youth.

2. Physical Fitness: Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic way for kids to improve their overall fitness. It enhances flexibility, strength, and coordination. These are not just benefits for Jiu Jitsu but are transferable skills that help in any physical activity and later in life.

3. Confidence and Self-Esteem: There’s a unique transformation we observe in children who train Jiu Jitsu. As they learn new techniques and move through our belt system, their confidence soars. This is not the superficial confidence of hollow praise, but the deep self-assurance that comes from real achievement and the ability to face and overcome challenges, on and off the mat.

4. Discipline and Focus: Jiu Jitsu requires a level of focus and discipline that is rare in other children’s activities today. At Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy, we teach our kids the value of patience, persistence, and hard work—values that will serve them well in all areas of life.

5. Social Skills: Jiu Jitsu is not a solo endeavor. Our kids learn to work within a community, build friendships, and support one another. The mats at Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy are a place where lifelong friendships are forged.

6. Handling Pressure: Whether it’s preparing for a tournament or learning a new technique that seems out of reach, Jiu Jitsu teaches kids how to manage stress and anxiety. These are crucial skills that can help them navigate the pressures of school and other areas of life.

7. Real-World Readiness: While we focus on self-defense, the lessons from Jiu Jitsu transcend the mats. We prepare our kids to face the real world with an awareness and preparedness that many other sports simply cannot offer.

At Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy, our lineage under Master Pedro Sauer, directly from Helio and Rickson Gracie, ensures that the Jiu Jitsu we teach is rooted deeply in the principles of real-world self-defense. This legacy is not just in our techniques but in our teaching philosophy and the community we build.

For parents considering enrolling their child in Jiu Jitsu, remember: it’s not just about self-defense. It’s about building a foundation of physical fitness, confidence, discipline, and respect that will last a lifetime.

Interested in learning more or visiting us? Reach out at or call us at 801-513-9775. Let’s help your child start their Jiu Jitsu journey today!