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How many times a week should kids train BJJ?

How often should kids train BJJ? The general rule of thumb is that children under the age of 10 should be training 2-3 times per week, while those over the age of 10 can increase their frequency to 3-5+ times per week. The key is consistency – the best approach is to have your child attend a few classes each week.

Gracie Humaita Botany academy is open all year round. We do not close during school holidays. Of course, that does not mean kids have to train all year round. But they can! 😀

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What is BJJ and why is it a good martial art for kids?

BJJ is a martial art which focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Often referred to as the “gentle art”, BJJ promotes physical fitness, self-defence, and mental focus. BJJ is a high-intensity martial art and teaches kids a wide range of self-defence techniques, such as tadedowns, hold, locks and chokes.

The benefits of training BJJ include building strength, flexibility, and agility. Additionally, it improves balance, coordination, and cardiovascular conditioning. BJJ training improves kids overall health and well-being. It is an ideal martial art for children as it develops coordination and balance while promoting resilience, self-esteem, and a positive mind-set.

Training in BJJ can give your child an edge over their peers in class, on the sports field, or even just in social settings. BJJ training encourages kids to be comfortable with physical contact. Kids flexibility and muscle strength will increase and they get a confidence boost from training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

BJJ helps children develop problem-solving and conflict resolution skills, beneficial for the world outside the martial arts. Overall, BJJ is a fun and engaging way for kids to learn valuable life skills and become more confident and secure individuals.

How often should kids train BJJ?

Most kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old should train Jiu-Jitsu at least twice per week. Some children may need more frequent training sessions to develop the proper skills for Jiu-Jitsu.

Kids aged 10+ can train more often, up to 5-6 times per week, as long as they are making consistent progress.

However, be sure to follow the guidance provided by our instructors regarding how often your child should train Jiu-Jitsu. Discuss with the instructor how many times a week is appropriate for your child. Make sure that your child is getting adequate nutrition and rest between training sessions. And most important; your child should have fun training BJJ! If your child is not having fun training BJJ consider pausing training for a while.

Tips for parents to get the most value of your kids training BJJ

Make sure your child is having fun!

Get them to class at least twice a week. Consistent practice should be encouraged, this will help them remember the techniques and become proficient in the martial art. If your child is having fun training twice a week you could consider increasing the number of classes. Make sure your child is having plenty of rest in between training sessions. Don’t pressure your child into entering a competition. Competitions are great but optional.

Set realistic goals for your child and pay attention to their progress. Encourage, but don’t force, your child to attend classes as often as age appropriate for them. The more classes they attend, the more experienced they will become in self-defence techniques, which will benefit them in the long run.

Start your kid’s BJJ journey at a young age and watch as their confidence grows and their Jiu-Jitsu skills improve rapidly.

Free trial classes

If you’re in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and are interested in a safe martial art for your child, come into Gracie Botany for a free trial class. Our academy is centrally located in Lord Street, Botany. Minutes from Maroubra, Matraville or Mascot. There is plenty of free parking available and our academy is only a short drive from Maroubra or Matraville.

Gracie Botany is a well known martial arts academy located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. We offer free trial classes for children of all ages. We teach kids the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, including self-defence techniques. Gracie Botany is a safe place for your child to learn about self-defence. They will be able to develop their skills safely under supervision of experienced instructors.


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