5 Popular Questions for Children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo


Looking to sign your child up for a martial arts program? Lets make your search easier. Here are five of the most popular questions we have received at the academy.

I heard that martial arts might turn a child into a bully, is this true?

A lack of knowledge in the study of jiu-jitsu or its proven results could lead one to assume that learning martial arts is equivalent to “learning to fight” or that it may influence aggressive behaviour. Upon closer inspection, it is very clear that this artform is composed of positive teachings in discipline, respect, and self-control. As long as your instructor is professional and knowledgeable, the teachings will steer towards the proper usage of the tools learned, and provide training on their proper application. Our Sensei Rodrigo Resende recently provided 12 examples of how Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is beneficial for children.

Can I participate in a class with my child or can siblings be in the same class?

We have a Parents and Kids day on Saturdays, where parents and kids can join in the fun together. There is definitely no issue with siblings being in the same class, as long as they are in the same age bracket and can train together safely, our student age groups range from ages 4 to 6, 7 to 12, and 13 and up.

Will my daughter integrate well with the classes and members?

In recent years more girls and women have embraced martial arts than ever before, shifting the demographic from mainly adult men to a more gender and age-balanced scenario. For participants in the art, this shift is still in progress as males continue to dominate the scene. It is inspiring to see women and girls coming in and breaking the mold with confidence, while bonding with their peers as they progress forward.

In short: Yes, our school is well-balanced.

Can martial arts training improve my child’s grades?

We know that it’s important to stay active as adults, but many are not aware that for children, exercise is very beneficial to the developing brain. Benefits include improved attention, reduced anxiety and stress, and limited impulsivity – all are changes that bring forth a more calm mental environment – a prime scenario for learning. This environment is created as exercising releases dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin, brain chemicals that directly influence concentration and focus. Activity correlates to the development of mental discipline, while serving as a well of confidence with daily reinforcement, as well as socialization skills. This is very beneficial for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and or difficulty with focus.

I cannot bring my children to the after school classes because I will be busy. What are my options?

At Rodrigo Resende BJJ, we now offer a specialized after-school program and transportation service for your children!

Starting in Fall 2016, our after-school martial arts program begins from Monday to Friday for children ages 5 and up. The Rodrigo Resende Academy will provide transportation for students from kindergarten and elementary schools in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain to our facility, supervise a snack and provide homework time, followed by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo or Self Defense classes or recreational times each day. Parents’ pick-up time will be no later than 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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