Engaging in a physical and mental challenge away from Mom and Dad is an incredible opportunity to grow both mentally and emotionally. Yes, summer camp is a chance for your child to be physically active. However, sometimes it’s the other ways a sport touches your child’s development that matter more.
Teaching Perseverance and Self Esteem
For many young children, self-esteem is rooted in the wrong places: academic performance, the presence of a bully at school, comparing him or herself to a sibling, being scolded for behavioral issues. A summer Jiu Jitsu experience can re-center your child’s idea of self worth to be proud not of performance but of effort. Practicing techniques in martial arts is done with the understanding that no one masters it right away. Failure is not to be lamented but expected. A child’s self esteem can soar when he or she learns to be proud of a commitment to try (and try again).
Learning to Lead
In Jiu Jitsu, the need to try again is also done quite publicly. And children will often be teaching each other, reminding their peers of proper technique. When serving as both a student and a teacher, children develop resilience and pride in what they know.
Finally, Jiu Jitsu is about control. At Jiu Jitsu Nation, Rutherford County campers will learn to control their bodies as they practice technique. They will learn to control their impulse to begin right away when asked to properly warm up, stretch, and prepare before it’s time to spar. Children are in a phase of life where they are slowly realizing the fact that some areas of life are simply out of their control–but others are very much within the realm of their control. They can always control their own reaction in a given moment, whether it’s reacting to a kick coming their way or reacting to instructions being given by an instructor.
A summer martial arts experience, above all else, is fun! Children are enthusiastic about new experiences, new peers, and showing off what they’ve learned. In a Jiu Jitsu Nation summer camp, they’re also getting exercise and meeting new friends, without the need for sunscreen.