Why should i join a martial arts school?
Why not? Consider this, name an activity that will get you in shape, keep you in a social atmosphere and learn valuable tools to defend yourself?
I feel intimidated or worried that i may get hurt, is that normal?
Yes it is normal whenever you see an activity that is physical,however, At the BJJA,there is a NO Attitude policy and the students themselves are very warm and approachable.We have a laid back approach, calling each other by our names rather by title.
I'd like to join but i'm not sure of time/fees?
We would be happy to invite you over to speak to our Program Director. She can answer any questions you may have and have the chance to see our facilities and watch a class in session!
Do you have a kids program?
Yes we have a great childrens program. We have our Little Samurai program that starts at age 3 to 5 years old and our Junior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program from ages 6 to 11.
Do you teach the kids the same way as the adults?
No. We do teach the fundamentals of jiu-jitsu but in a more controlled and disciplined setting.They learn how to punch and kick,throw and ground grapple. The main focus of the childrens training will be the grappling!But don't get us wrong! The kids have lots of fun doing certain martial arts games that mixes training and good wholesome fun!!
What is Gracie / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and what differs it from other martial arts?
Jiu-Jitsu was the unarmed system of self-defense for the Samurai class of Japan. Before the 20th century, many masters of jiu-jitsu seperated from the root and created various styles such as Karate,Judo,Aikido,Kendo and so forth. Jiu-Jitsu was lucky to find it's way to Brazil by a Japaneese master and diplomat named Esia Maeda.A Brazilian helped him established a colony there and in gratitude for his help, he taught his son Jiu-Jitsu.This son was none other than Carlos Gracie of the famous Gracie family. Carlos after then taught it to his brothers,specifically Helio Gracie. Helio was responsible for mutating jiu-jitsu to fit his slender,tall build.Because of many health problems, Helio found it neccessary to use leverage and balance over strength and power.
It proved it's effectiveness in the rough and tumble streets of Rio de Janerio,Brazil and recently in the last decade in the Ultimate Fighting Championships where Helio's son Royce,won an impressive 3 championships,defeating opponents 30 to 100 lbs more than his 180 lbs 6'1 frame.
Why should my child study the martial arts?
It's generally accepted that children should be exposed to as many diverse activities as possible to broaden their horizons, help stretch their interests and hone their skills. With the many activities available to today's children, why is martial arts training so important? Actually, there are many reasons.
Consider these :
1. Many activities are either seasonal or short lived in nature. They don't give the child the benefit of a long term continuous learning and growing experience.
2. Most sports endeavours deal strictly in physical activities and add very little to mental and personal development.
3. Many activities are team oriented and while teamwork is certainly important, it doesn't allow for individualized training, systematic personal growth and differences in ability.
4. Competition in many activities can be so fierce that if a child doesn't perform as well as another team-mate he/she feels like a loser (which is horrible for self esteem).
5. Many public school or town run activities are sometimes unfair because the reason a child:
a) Makes the team
b) gets to play a certain position,
c) makes the first squad, etc., is because they (or their parents) are friends with the coach or their children. This can be very frustrating to the child and parents as well.
6. Martial arts training, while usually done in groups, allows a child to work, develop, improve and grow at their own pace.
7. Many martial arts programs are extremely motivational in nature. This encourages a child to stay involved for long periods of time, enabling them to reap the benefits of self-accomplishment.
8. Most martial arts programs use a belt ranking system. If broken down properly, it enables a child to have a series of winning experiences that many doctors and educators agree is essential to improve self esteem and self image.
9. Martial arts develop and improve concentration that can have a major impact on school grades.
10. Martial arts programs emphasize and teach self-discipline which many educators and national leaders believe to be a serious missing element in today's youth.
11. Martial arts teach hand-eye co-ordination, motor development skills and improve overall co-ordination that helps a child in all other physical activities.
12. Martial arts programs teach self-respect and respect for others.
13. Good martial arts programs teach goal setting which becomes a practice for life.
How can the Martial Arts help my child succeed in school?
Martial arts instruction has long been recognized for its ability to turn average or sub par academic students into honor students achieving A's and B 's. Parents know that better grades in school can strongly influence a child 's overall success in life, and feedback from parents across the country indicates that there are an extraordinary number of cases where children involved with martial arts training are improving academically, sometimes dramatically. What causes these martial arts students to have such positive academic transformations? To give you a better understanding of this phenomenon, here are some of the theories that may explain how marital arts helps students succeed in school.
Hierarchy of Human Needs
Dr. Abraham Maslow was a famous psychologist who proposed that people have 5 basic levels of needs. His theory suggests that we must satisfy lower level needs before we can move on to achieve higher level needs. Following Maslow's theory, we need to feel secure and protected from the outside world before our mind can focus on attaining higher level needs, such as self-actualization, prosperity, success, self-respect, and self-fulfillment.
According to Dr. Maslow, after fulfilling level one needs (food, water, shelter, etc.) our inner self concentrates on level 2, "Safety/Security Needs." The root benefit of martial arts training is learning the skills of self-defense. Martial arts provides our young people with the knowledge of self-preservation and security, enabling them to concentrate on academics without distractions and anxiety stemming from insecurity, thus moving on to higher level needs.
Breathing & Meditation
Martial arts training incorporates various breathing techniques. Some may be classified as forms of meditation. As students progress with their training, they learn to master their breathing, which can affect their physical state. These "meditational" experiences help students deal more effectively with daily stress and pressures associated with exams, quizzes, and deadlines, keeping them relaxed and focused to produce better results.
Self-esteem is having a positive impression and respect of oneself. Students who have strong self-esteem are more likely to succeed in school, or at any goals they set. Martial arts training teaches students the importance of mental discipline, which develops strong character traits such as self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-respect. Martial arts instructors nurture a student's self-esteem through positive reinforcement of achieved goals. Physical activity improves health and appearance that are also linked to one's self-esteem. It is easier to have a positive impression of yourself when you look good and feel good. Martial arts makes staying active easy... it's fun!
Respect for teachers, parents, adults, and fellow students is an important part of martial arts training. Students learn to respect those with higher knowledge, which promotes positive relationships with authority figures outside of our school as well. As students' martial arts knowledge develops, it is equally important that they learn humility when respect for their knowledge is reciprocated.
To achieve black belt at our school, each student will be required to successfully complete a series of other rank promotions that lead to black belt. Martial arts training teaches students that you can achieve a long term goal by breaking the goal down into many short term objectives. These objectives represent interim goals that need to be accomplished in order for the long-term goal to be realized. Students learn the importance of goal setting strategies, which are invaluable scholastically, as well as in life. It doesn't matter if you are a student in pre-school, grades school, high school, or college; martial arts can impact your scholastic results. Martial arts students learn that success requires commitment, determination, and hard work. We have tremendous confidence in our students to meet these challenges and produce excellent results that will last a lifetime