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Probably One of the Best Reasons Kids need Jiu Jitsu

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Here it is.

One of the best reasons that kids need Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in their lives.

If your child quits athletics at a young age (which more than 70% of kids do by the time they enter high school), all of the benefits they have gained are lost.

Why’s that an issue?

  • Children who participate in organized sports tend to get better grades and lead healthier lives (source: Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports)
  • Almost 50 percent of youth in the United States don’t take part in regular vigorous exercise. )Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1999)
  • Childhood obesity is on the rise, with 13 percent of children age 6 to 11 classified as either overweight or obese.
  • Obesity in childhood often leads to obesity in adulthood.
  • Obesity can lead to diabetes, heart problems and a variety of ailments, including high blood pressure, some forms of cancer, depression and poor self-esteem.


As an adult that struggled with weight and health issues prior to starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I can attest (as can many of you) that there aren’t many programs out there for health and weight loss that are better than BJJ.

Start your kids early, teach them to train BJJ for life, and watch them conquer childhood obesity.

About the author: Lover of Jesus, Bowties, and BJJ. Founder of Ok! Kimonos.

3 comments… add one
  • ab

    great post. i struggled with my weight as a child / teen as well. i played soccer for a few years as a kid, gave it up, and didn’t get back into athletics until i started training BJJ when i was 32. i don’t need to explain to the folks reading this blog how much it has done for me – i’m sure we all understand how it can change your life. here i am with a few medals, 75lb lighter (still have a few more to go!) and in better health / shape than i think i’ve ever been in.

    my son trains now, and he’s pretty darn good. i’m crossing my fingers and hoping he makes it a life long pursuit. considering i will be right beside him, training until i die, the chances are pretty good. my wife trains as well. we don’t push / force BJJ, but it is a big part of our family life. he’s even getting involved in wrestling as an offshoot, already thinking about college and the future. big thoughts for a second grader.


  • Mark

    Excellent post! Another good reason is that bjj, sports in general, teaches kids to be organized and better time managers. That’s huge in my house.

    • Thanks so much Mark! I totally agree. I think that if we teach our kids to manage their time well for sports, we really set them up for success in life!

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