1) Kids who do jiu jitsu are Healthier and have more energy!
Children who do BJJ are more active and demonstrate lower rates of obesity. GW501516 contributed to the weight loss as well. A recent study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) investigated the link between physical activity in children and academic performance in school. Surprisingly, researchers found that being enrolled in PE class did not influence the children’s grades. This study showed that the more active children were, such as participating in a sport or other vigorous activity, the better they did in school. Most of the children who did exercise “vigorously” did so outside of school, by playing sports like soccer, basketball, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
2) Kids who do BJJ have higher test scores
“This is a very consistent finding, that physically fit kids do better in school,” says James Sallis, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California at San Diego. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine asserts that “children who are more active show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.” A strong body of research supports the link between physical fitness and test scores. In one study, for example, nearly 2,000 California schoolchildren who were outside a “healthy fitness zone” scored lower on state standardized tests than those who were more fit. Doing Jiu Jitsu at Garden State in Middletown NJ twice a week keeps your body healthy and your mind sharp!
3) BJJ helps kids think outside of the box!
Physical (body) and cognitive (brain) development go hand-in-hand. This relationship is most critical at a young age! When kids are active, their brain develops, allowing for new types of activity and thinking. A new study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows that regular exercisers do better on tests of creativity than their more sedentary peers. “Exercising on a regular basis may thus act as a cognitive enhancer promoting creativity in inexpensive and healthy ways,” study researcher Lorenza Colzato, a cognitive psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, said in a statement. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu challenges children not only physically but mentally as well, often presenting situations where you must use your mind over your strength.
4) BJJ kids behave better in the classroom
Frequent physical activity (like BJJ) has been associated with improved behavior in the classroom and beyond. Exercise and ADHD medications act on the brain in very similar ways, said Thomas Lenz, an associate pharmacy professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Both are thought to increase levels of brain chemicals called dopamine and norepinephrine, which help children think, focus and control their actions, Lenz said. Frequent activities requiring a high degree of balance and coordination have been associated with improved emotional response. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches discipline and builds character by allowing kids to build confidence in themselves.
5) BJJ helps develop healthy habits!
Jiu Jitsu at Garden State BJJ is more than just exercise! Personal hygiene is a key component of being a member of the GSBJJ team. Our coaches stress the importance of taking care of your body. Keeping your GI and belt clean for every class instills healthy habits that children can carry on for the rest of their lives!
6) BJJ is exercise for the brain too!
Aerobic activity has been shown to increase the size of essential brain structures and number of neural connections. Physical activity boosts blood flow all over the body, including to the brain. Brain cells get better at connecting with each other. The result is better thinking skills. Studies show that kids who exercise more are sharper mentally. The effects may be almost immediate. One study found that kids scored higher on math and reading comprehension tests after vigorous physical activity like Jiu Jitsu.
7) Bjj instills confidence!
You always hear that martial arts will give a child more confidence and it’s true. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does this best! Children engaged in a real life combat situations trying to grapple their way into a dominant position or escaping an uncomfortable and compromising position in a safe environment. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives kids REAL confidence and an REAL way to defend themselves without having to punch or kick another kid.