If you practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu you’ve probably heard the term “Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle”, but what does that mean exactly? Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle is a lifestyle that prioritizes healthy living habits that revolve around training jiu jitsu regularly. Let’s talk about why the jiu jitsu lifestyle is so beneficial, especially for kids and teenagers.
A recent study showed nearly 15% of high school students and 3.5% of middle school students regularly use e-cigarettes. These have major health consequences, especially for the respiratory systems of still-developing bodies. Martial arts like jiu jitsu are one of the best forms of exercise available because it’s a full-body workout that is not only cardio-intensive, but also a lot of fun. Keeping your kids involved in a fun, but physically demanding activity like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great way to keep them healthy and occupied with positive activities.
Today many kids live very isolated, sedentary lifestyles, spending the majority of their free time on smartphones, video games and Netflix. Martial arts like BJJ are so valuable not only for social connections, but also because the friend groups you form through martial arts largely consist of like-minded people who have similar goals and lifestyles, revolving around training, competing, exercising and living healthy. This keeps kids surrounded with positive influences during a time where they’re particularly impressionable and susceptible to peer pressure.
Many kids and teens who train Jiu jitsu also like to regularly compete in tournaments as a fun way to test their skills. Preparing for tournaments also teaches them personal responsibility and discipline because they have to maintain a healthy diet and regularly monitor their weight to make sure they can compete in their given weight class. They have to be held personally accountable to ensure their diet, conditioning and technique is on point to give them the best chance possible to win their matches.
The setting of goals and working hard to achieve those goals teaches kids and teens valuable lessons that translate on and off the mat, from school, to college and eventually in their professional career. Give us a visit and start your kid down the path of martial arts today.
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