In todays world with all the technological gadgets, phones, pads and games, kids have so many other things to do. I see some parents using technology to occupy their kids while they work, shop, visit etc... I can understand a little, to an extent. Its hard to send a kid out to play when the parent has so much to do. If you don't have a yard, or someone to watch them, you really cant trust the world to care for your KID . So, to keep the kids safe, parents keep the kids inside. Its the way things are going now. The world is changing daily. Less and less physical activities. More and more down time.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. There may be no symptoms other than weight that's above normal. Improving the entire family's diet and exercise habits is one of the best ways to achieve a healthy weight in the child.
Jiujitsu is for everyone. Not just the strong, fast, and flexible. Jiujitsu was developed for the weak person. The small individual. "Always assume that your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger and faster than you; so that you learn to rely on technique, timing and leverage rather than brute strength"-Helio Gracie
Kids need exercise. Kids need discipline. Kids need structure. Martial arts, and specifically Jiujitsu, is a great avenue to find these things for your kids. At Davis Martial Arts in Humble, we make sure to incorporate cardio activities in every class. Jogging, push-ups, sit-ups, along with a variety of other cardio vascular exercises are a daily part of out training.
A few reasons Jiujitsu is great for kids are self-defense, self-confidence, discipline, individual achievement (belts/stripes), athletic development, and even weight control. Character building in a childs early years plays a key roll in their future. Jiujitsu helps to develop problem solving skills through technique and "FREE ROLLING". Building confidence and belief in ones self, that nothing is out reach through hardwork, dedication and training. Discipline by being able to follow directions and participating in class. Control with the idea that we are training a Martial Art where the "TAP" sets us apart, and allows us to freely train as hard as we want. And of course RESPECT. Respect for ones self, training partners, parents, and instructors.
As a child develops and begins to grasp the concepts and ideas in Jiujitsu, they become more and more confident and assure of themselves. Parents and instructors encouragement goes along way into building a strong mind and body that stretches beyond the training mats.
The belt and striping system is a public and peer recognition of personal achievements and accomplishments. This teaches kids to set goals, strive to achieve them, and accomplish tasks at hand for personal development.
Davis Martial Arts is very proud of its kids programs. Setting goals. Achieving these goals and beyond. Striving to be the best individual one can be, on and off the mats. Developing the mind and bodies is what we look to accomplish.
Jiujitsu/Martial Arts, is for any and everyone. Search for a dedicated instructor who looks to build up his students and not his own personal glory. A school for everyone, not just the most athletic and talented. A place to grow and develop skills for the body and the mind.
“To be champion all you have to do is train. But first, one must be a good person. Be a friend at the academy, learn to help. To be good at Jiu-Jitsu it’s all about believing and training, there isn’t that much else you can do.” – Rodolfo Vieira
DAVIS MARTIAL ARTS
Are you ready to be the white belt wizard? A GOD among men...That guy in class no one wants to roll with because you can't pass his freakin' guard (ERNESTO). Then you need to try on the SPIDER GUARD.
For those that don't know what I am talking about, the Spider Guard is when the person on their back, places one on more feet on your opponents inner biceps. Sleeve control is extremely critical. There are many variations of grips and foot controls, but for the sake of this blog, there is always at least one foot on the bicep.
In Jiujitsu, The Spider Guard can be one of the toughest guards to pass. The ability of you opponent or partner to wreck shop on your otherwise glorious guard passing skills can leave you in awe. With very little effort, simple kicking and retracting of the legs, along with some hip movements can literally take the breathe away of an unexpecting opponent.
Scrambling back and forth, pushing and pulling, sitting, squatting or standing, your arms are out of your control. Step too far forward, your on your head. Sit back, on your butt. Try moving to either side, and you could find yourself on your back. From sweeps to subs, the Spider Guard can be deadly.
When I was a bluebelt, I personally started experimenting with the Spider.I found this guard was a way to open up my jiuitsu guard game and explore the position. While still retaining a certain level of safety. The Spider literally set me free. Sweeps and attacks from all sort of new and unexplored angles had been laid before me. Scissor sweeps, gun sweeps, traingles, armbars, and my now favorite among favorites, THE OMOPLATA. This guard has lead me down the road in which I am still walking down today, the road of infinite JIUJITSU.
I am personally thankful for being introduced to the Spider Guard. For those out there who haven't experienced the business end of this guard, come in and try some classes. Get to your local Jiujitsu school or if you in the area stop by Davis Martial Arts in Humble. We have a couple guys who dabble with SPIDER GUARD....
DAVIS MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas