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5 Awesome Tips to Increase Your Teenager’s Self-Confidence

Posted: July 19, 2019

Here’s a fact that’s pretty much beyond debate: being a teenager is hard! What’s easy though, is for adults to forget just how tough it can be. Kids experience a world of change as they develop. New experiences challenge everything they thought they knew; physical changes create anxiety and sometimes it feels impossible to find confidence and establish a sense of identity.

As a parent, we can feel a sense of helplessness. We all want our kids to build confidence, find healthy habits and discover themselves. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to guide your teenager into increased self-confidence.

How Can Parents Increase Their Teen’s Self-Confidence?

5 Beginner Tips For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Posted: July 02, 2019

1) Have Good Personal Hygiene

Jiu-jitsu is an intimate, contact sport. To be a good teammate at your start as a white belt and for your own health, best practice is shower before class, ensure fresh breath, wear clean gi or no-gi (rashguard, shorts or tights) uniform, and shower as soon as possible after class. There are special anti-bacterial soaps (Defense Soap) to help protect from viruses like staph infection. Staph is the last thing anyone wants and is potentially life-threatening. It is everyone’s best interest in the gym to never allow it to be introduced. Don’t be the person who brings it into the gym. Also, ensure your fingernails and toenails are clipped and short – long fingernails can cause cuts (worst case, extreme scenarios: cutting a cornea or retina, causing infection, blindness or even losing an eye). Bleeding opens up to disease. Immediately disinfect and seal cuts away from the mats; clean any blood off the mats. Never walk barefoot in a bathroom then onto the mats or with your shoes on the mats. Gyms always have their systems for keeping mats clean – feel free to offer to help. Abiding by all these basics means reducing worry and freely enjoying jiu-jitsu. This is constant all the way to black belt!

2) Show up and be humble

5 Reasons to Enroll Kids in Jiu Jitsu

Posted: April 11, 2019

1. It plays to their natural energy.

A kid’s boundless energy needs to be channeled somewhere. It’s why they roll around, tumble, climb, and even roughhouse regardless of where they are. The simplicity of jiu-jitsu allows for all those elements to be harnessed in a safe, controlled environment. Their tireless energy is wrangled in by repetition drills to hone key basics. Then that simplicity of fundamentals builds more complex threads, concepts and practices, which can be practiced at full speed. Expending their energy in a positive fitness environment can better regulate sleep, encourage rest, better and more regular eating habits, leading to better focus outside the gym.