Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Children

Jul 15, 2023

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, commonly referred to as BJJ, has become increasingly popular among children as a way to develop self-defense skills and improve physical fitness. If you’re a parent considering enrolling your child in a BJJ youth program, you may have some questions about what it entails. Let’s take a look at the top 10 most frequently asked questions about BJJ for kids.

Young girl in a black gi sparring with another student wearing a blue gi

1. What exactly is BJJ?

BJJ is a martial art that originated in Brazil and focuses on grappling and ground fighting techniques. BJJ emphasizes joint locks, chokeholds, and positional control to force an opponent to submit. It is a great option for children being physically bullied as it allows them to control and end an altercation without hitting someone and getting in trouble.

2. What’s the best age to start?

There is no fixed age for when a child can start learning BJJ, as it depends on their individual development and interest. At Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts we start at age 8 but there are many youth programs who accept children as young as four or five years old. It’s essential to consider whether your child is ready for physical contact and to observe classes and consult with instructors before enrolling.

3. Is BJJ safe for children?

BJJ is generally considered a safe sport with lower risk of injury compared to contact sports such as football or hockey. However, as with any physical activity, there is always some risk of injury. It’s crucial for instructors to create a safe environment for their students, emphasizing proper technique and supervision during training and sparring.

4. Will BJJ provide my child with self-defense skills?

Yes, BJJ is an effective form of self-defense, particularly in close-range situations. BJJ teaches techniques for controlling an opponent and defending against strikes and attacks. Since it is a grappling martial art, your child can learn to defend themselves without punching or kicking, which will often get them in trouble at school.

5. Will BJJ teach my child to fight or be a bully?

No, BJJ emphasizes respect, discipline, and sportsmanship. Instructors promote a positive and safe environment where students learn to control their aggression and channel their energy constructively. BJJ can also help build self-esteem and confidence which can prevent bullying behavior.

Three children receiving their medals after a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition

6. Will BJJ improve my child’s mood and/or energy levels?

Yes, BJJ can improve mood and energy levels. Physical activity and social interaction involved in BJJ can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Additionally, BJJ involves goal setting and achievement which can improve self-esteem and help prevent anxiety and depression.

7. How often should my child train/practice?

The frequency of training/practice will depend on your child’s goals and schedule. Many youth programs offer classes several times a week, and students are encouraged to attend as often as they can. However, it’s important to balance training with other activities and prioritize rest and recovery to prevent burnout or injury.

8. Can I watch my child’s BJJ class?

Yes, most BJJ programs allow parents to watch their child’s class. However, it’s important to respect the instructor’s rules and guidelines, as well as the privacy and safety of other students.

9. Are there BJJ competitions for children?

Yes, there are BJJ competitions for children which provide a fun and challenging way to test their skills and set goals. However, competition is not mandatory, and students should only participate if they feel comfortable and prepared.

10. What do I need to get my child started in BJJ?

To get started in BJJ, your child will need a gi (uniform), which can usually be purchased through the program or online. It’s also essential to ensure that they have appropriate protective gear, such as a mouthguard and rashguard. Instructors will provide guidance on any additional equipment or requirements.

Two young teen boys, each holding a barbell over their heads while their coach looks on

BJJ is a fantastic martial art for the health, safety and well-being of your child and well worth the investment to get them started. The benefits will pay off for a lifetime.

If you have any other questions about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for your child please contact us at Phoenix Fitness and Martial Arts and we’ll be more than happy to answer them. Let’s arrange for your child to try out a class or two. At Phoenix, we pride ourselves on cultivating a warm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere in which all our members – kids and adults – support and encourage one another. Your child will feel right at home and among friends in our kids’ classes! Let’s get started!