How about you try it, too? Paragon offers a family discount and free trial classes for parents, so you can experience this great martial art for yourself. Training in the same martial art is also a great way for families to bond.
An equally important way to support your child’s training, is to help them through the physical and mental challenges they will face in BJJ. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a demanding activity that will give your child the benefit of dealing with physical, intellectual, and emotional adversity on a regular basis.
This will be a challenge for your child (trust me, it’s a challenge for all of our students) but the rewards are worth the sacrifice. Through training in BJJ, your child will learn to develop a sense of calm while undergoing intense physical exercise, as well as the ability to think clearly during moments of great stress. These are both invaluable life skills.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also a highly technical sport, often referred to as “human chess,” and your child will refine their analytical and decision-making skills by analyzing their position and choosing their next move.
The rewards of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are great, and because of this, the challenges are even greater. At some point in their training, your child will likely struggle with their motivation. We encourage you to help your child through these difficult times, especially in the beginning of their training. Often, even our most reluctant students fall in love with BJJ after they “get over the hump” and embrace the challenges of the sport.