Kids BJJ is a high-energy and fun way to teach valuable life lessons, including individual development and personal growth. At the same time, BJJ is a great way to teach kids physical skills, like balance and coordination. And balance and coordination are not only important in Jiu Jitsu but also in our daily lives.
Here are some of the ways that kids improve their coordination and balance through BJJ:
1. Bilateral Movements
One way that kids improve balance and coordination through BJJ is with bilateral movements. When learning Jiu Jitsu techniques, you hardly ever use only your right side or vice versa. Instead, you’re constantly moving and using both sides of your body. This helps kids learn to balance and coordinate their movements with greater ease and efficiency.
2. Repetition & Practice
No matter how old you are when you start training BJJ, your movements might feel slow and uncoordinated. But this is normal! With time and practice, kids begin to develop more balanced and coordinated actions. This improvement comes from repetition. Drilling the basics and getting a good grasp of foundational techniques pave the way for more complex skills that require a solid baseline of balance and coordination.
3. Stability & Functional Strength
BJJ helps kids learn to use their bodies as a cohesive unit. As a result, they build better stability and strength – two more skills that work together to keep us balanced and coordinate our movements. These physical skills are used during the functional actions you perform all day long and help prevent falls and injuries. Improving these skills will benefit your BJJ training as well as anything you do beyond the mats.
At Tracks BJJ in Coon Rapids, our Kids/Teens program teaches technique through functional games to improve strength, coordination, agility, and flexibility in a fun, friendly, and interactive manner. To learn more about getting started with any of our programs, contact us today.