Jiu Jitsu is the Most Effective Martial Art for Self Defense
There are no strikes like punches or kicks practiced on a regular basis like karate or taekwondo. In jiu jitsu grappling and submission holds are the primary weapons of choice. This is why jiu jitsu is so effective. Those hwo know how to wrestle and grapple have an advantage as has been proven by the Gracie family from Brazil.
At Dojo Americana, your child will learn self defense startegy along with effective takedowns and a variety of control and submission techniques. Submission techniques and pins (control positions) are based on body positioning and leverage, not strength and athleticism. You don't have to be an athlete to be good at jiu jitsu.
Like many other strong martial arts programs, self-defense skills are only part of what your child will gain by training at Dojo Americana. Your child will develop tremendously, both mentally and physically. You will see big improvements in coordination, agility, flexibility, and core strength. Mntally, your child will develop more confidence, self-control, and learn about discipline and respect. jiu jitsu is also great for overcoming stress and anxiety. Your child will improve in all areas of life.
Children Don't Recieve Black Belts in Jiu Jitsu.
At Dojo Americana, kids learn what hard work is. They learn they have to work and practice to get promoted. Unlike many other martial arts programs, promotions don't come quickly or easily in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but realizing your child will have the ability to truly defend themselves without having to punch or kick someone, should bring you more satisfaction and security than any belt does.
In Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), the black belt is a coveted rank and is reserved only for adults who have shown a high level of skill and ability in BJJ. There are no katas or breaking boards in jiu jitsu. Reaching the level of black belt in BJJ typically requires 8-10 years of training. This in itself deters those who are solely practicing martial arts just for the belt color. In addition, the minimum age is 19-years-old.
In other martial arts it is common practice to give black belts to children, which can give kids a false sense of security. Naturally, parents want their kids to be the best and to have the advantage. Giving a child a black belt is like giving a 4th grader a college diploma–it's just silly. It's sad to say, but martial arts schools take advantage of this and offer black belt programs knowing that parents will fall for it. Giving your child a black belt only benefits the martial art schools that are making money off of black belt programs and belt testing fees.