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Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone

What are our kids learning at Gracie Barra Downers Grove

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Picture: Professor Lemos with some of our Little Champions, Sebastian Escobedo,Akemi and Kenzo Samejima,Jase Neusser and Mike Lomeda. Our head instructor Professor Lemos has 17 years of teaching experience 12 as a black belt!

  1. To Cultivate Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of Jiu Jitsu is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids in Gracie Barra Downers Grove, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.
  2. To Foster Socialization Skills – Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees of Jiu Jitsu are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. In Gracie Barra Downers Grove We foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together!
  3. To Promote Physical Activity – Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle she’s used to, but also gives her an enjoyable activity that inspires her to keep moving, in our school the kids get plenty of exercise through games and drills, it’s a packed of action program which helps our kids to  become complete athletes to every sport along with Jiu Jitsu
  4.  To Set and Achieve Goals – Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu has an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the kid’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals.
  5. To develop Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses, We have experienced countless miracles in our school, and the Self -Esteem aspect of our program in one of our biggest motivations teaching kids!
  6. To create a Sense of Respect – Learning Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu  will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today what our kids are learning in school doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When she goes to her Jiu Jitsu class, there is a natural order of hierarchy and respect which starts with our student creeds and it’s notable on our form of teaching, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.
  7. To encourage a Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that Jiu Jitsu instruction can promote a violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, our defensive style teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
  8. To improve Listening Skills – In order to master the skills she’s being taught and advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction.
  9. To developTeamwork Skills – Whether he’s throwing to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.
  10. To improve in Other Areas of Life – The benefits of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu training don’t end in the academy. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult.


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