5 Ways BJJ Teaches Discipline to Kids in New Westminster


In the heart of New Westminster, a city brimming with vitality and liveliness, families are constantly seeking activities that enrich their children’s lives. In this era, where screens often dominate childhood experiences, BJJ shines as a development opportunity. It goes beyond being an art; it serves as a conduit for imparting life changing lessons, particularly in the realm of discipline. Let’s delve into the world of BJJ and explore how it molds rounded children who can confidently navigate life’s challenges.

A Structured Learning Environment

The modern landscape of children’s activities often lacks structure leading to ineffective learning experiences. In contrast BJJ classes at Gracie Barra New Westminster offer a stronghold of structure and orderliness. From the beginning of each class, where students respectfully bow to their instructor to the sequence of warmups, drills, and sparring sessions—the children become immersed in an environment that emphasizes routine and discipline. This setting teaches them the importance of following instructions adhering to schedules and engaging in practice.

BJJ classes are a lot, like life’s lessons. They teach us the importance of being punctual, listening carefully, following instructions and committing ourselves to achieve success. These classes create a world that prepares children for the discipline they’ll need in school, future careers, and personal relationships.

Setting goals and achieving them can be challenging for children. It often leads to a lack of focus and direction in their endeavors. However, BJJ provides a solution to this issue. The journey through BJJ is filled with achievable goals, mastering techniques, earning stripes and progressing through belt ranks. Each goal serves as motivation for children to work hard and stay committed.

Through this journey children learn a principle; goals are not just given to them; they must be earned through dedication, hard work, and perseverance. This experience instills a sense of self discipline within them as they realize that their efforts directly impact their outcomes and achievements.

Dealing with failure and setbacks is a part of growing up. BJJ offers a perspective, on handling these challenges.

During their training children will inevitably encounter obstacles and setbacks. However, these moments are not regarded as failures; instead they are viewed as opportunities, for growth and learning. The philosophy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) emphasizes that every setback is a chance to gain knowledge, adapt to challenges and emerge even stronger.

This mindset instills resilience in children, where the focus is not on winning but on the process of learning, adapting, and persevering. It teaches them to approach life with a growth mindset recognizing that obstacles are not barriers but stepping stones towards achieving success.

In today’s society where instant gratification’s prevalent, teaching children respect and self control can be a challenge. BJJ directly addresses this issue by emphasizing respect as a principle. Respect for instructors, fellow practitioners, and the art itself. This notion of respect goes hand in hand with self control as children learn to follow the rules of the dojo while patiently waiting their turn and maintaining focus during classes.

Furthermore, these lessons in respect and self control extend beyond the confines of the dojo. They equip children with skills to navigate their interactions, with empathy, understanding other perspectives while exercising discipline in their actions.

Children come to understand that true discipline goes beyond controlling their actions. It also involves managing their attitudes and reactions, in different situations.

Maintaining a Balance of Physical and Mental Wellbeing

The growing prevalence of lifestyles presents a challenge when it comes to ensuring children maintain a healthy equilibrium between physical activity and mental wellness. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) addresses this imbalance by providing a combination of exercise and mental stimulation. The physical aspects of BJJ offer an outlet for children’s energy contributing to their physical health and fitness. Simultaneously, the strategic thinking and problem-solving elements of BJJ enhance their focus, concentration and cognitive abilities.

This harmonious blend of exertion and mental sharpness plays a role instilling discipline. It teaches children the value of taking care of both their bodies and minds, fostering an approach towards health and well being. Through training, which requires both discipline for practice sessions as well as mental discipline to learn new techniques, children are better prepared to face the diverse challenges life throws at them.

BJJ goes beyond being another sport or physical activity; it represents a journey that shapes young individuals into disciplined, respectful, and resilient characters. At Gracie Barra New Westminster, we provide an environment that nurtures growth, fosters development, on levels and encourages an integrated approach when dealing with life’s obstacles.

Through this approach, to learning goal setting, embracing challenges to fostering respect and promoting mental well-being, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) shapes individuals who are ready to excel in all aspects of life. It’s not about acquiring self-defense skills or winning competitions; it’s about nurturing a disciplined mindset that permeates every fiber of their being.

The teachings of BJJ extend beyond the practice mats. Children learn to apply the discipline they cultivate in their training to their pursuits, personal relationships, and future professional endeavors. This comprehensive approach to discipline equips them with the tools they need to navigate the complexities of the world where discipline often serves as the key to success and personal fulfillment.

Furthermore, the sense of community within BJJ plays a role in reinforcing these lessons. At Gracie Barra New Westminster, children become part of an encouraging community that values discipline, hard work, and respect. This sense of belonging and mutual support fosters an environment where children feel motivated to continue their journey in BJJ as well as in life.

Parents frequently witness transformations in their children following their participation in BJJ classes. These positive changes include enhanced focus at school, improved behavior at home and a respectful attitude towards others.

Testimonials like these highlight the impact that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) can have on a child’s development in nurturing discipline.

Furthermore, we cannot ignore the advantages of BJJ. In an era where childhood obesity and sedentary lifestyles are increasingly prevalent, BJJ offers fun, engaging avenue for children to stay active and maintain good health. The discipline necessary to train and progress in BJJ also instills habits that can endure throughout their lives.

The mental health benefits are equally noteworthy. In a world that can overwhelm and stress children, BJJ provides a means, for stress relief while building confidence and self esteem. The discipline acquired through BJJ training equips children with coping mechanisms to tackle anxiety and stress thereby contributing positively to their health.

As children advance on their BJJ journey, they also learn the value of patience and long-term commitment. Progressing in BJJ is not a feat but a gradual process that demands persistent effort and dedication. This understanding of the significance of long-term commitment and patience becomes a life skill that benefits children in all aspects of their lives.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers more than martial arts skills; it serves as a tool for personal growth, particularly for children. At Gracie Barra New Westminster, we are dedicated to creating a disciplined environment where children can learn and thrive. Through our BJJ program our goal is to instill discipline, respect and resilience in individuals to help them succeed in all aspects of life.

Come join us at Gracie Barra New Westminster

If you wish to empower your child with the qualities of discipline, confidence and a healthy lifestyle, Gracie Barra New Westminster is the place for them. We warmly invite you and your child to become part of our community and embark on an enriching journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Get in touch with us today at 604-839-2838. Visit our website to enroll and be a part of an experience that extends beyond martial arts – shaping well rounded individuals who embody discipline, confidence, and respect. Let’s embark on this journey and witness the positive impact it will have on your child’s life.