The concept of having direction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(BJJ) is very important for a variety of different reasons. Setting goals gives us direction by acting like an internal GPS that is letting us know which way we need to go to achieve our desired goals/reach our destination. Without goals or direction, even though we may seemingly be traveling quickly - it could unknowingly be in the wrong direction!
I have implemented many different approaches for teaching kids Martial Arts but have only found one approach that has worked well for all kids across the board. That approach is encouraging them to have a growth mindset.
For those that train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we all know that trying to take down an experienced opponent can be a very tiring and gruesome affair - from fighting for grips to being sprawled on. Enter: Okuri Ashi Harai which translates to Double Foot Sweep.
1. Confidence through effective self-defense
The importance of being able to defend themself is the greatest tool a young child can have to raise their confidence. Bullys will never go away but through training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(BJJ), we can give children the skills and confidence they need to effectively protect themselves and others.