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Jiu Jitsu is one of the oldest martial arts in existence, and it has a long history of providing physical, mental, and emotional benefits to practitioners. In recent years, jiu jitsu has become increasingly popular among kids due to its effectiveness with self-defense technique and its ability to help develop neural pathways, grey matter, and ambidexterity in arms and legs. It’s also an excellent way to build confidence that can carry over into other sports. As former President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The art of jiu jitsu is worth more in every way than all of our athletics combined.”

One of the biggest reasons why jiu jitsu is so beneficial for kids is its ability to provide a safe environment for them to practice self-defense techniques in teal life speed while learning discipline and respect. It’s one of if not clearly the best best martial art for teaching kids how to handle bully situations — not just physically but also mentally. Its emphasis on technique over strength makes it easier for smaller children to defend themselves against bigger opponents.

Jiu Jitsu can also help kids develop neural pathways and grey matter in the same way that music or math does. It encourages creativity through problem-solving exercises and helps build ambidexterity in both arms and legs by teaching them how to move their limbs independently from each other. And since most moves are done with your own body weight rather than using props like punching bags or weights, it’s quite low impact — perfect for young bones!