Training Martial Arts will cultivate confidence, respect, and work ethic. Martial Arts will help reap the many physical and psychological benefits of practicing a discipline, no matter which martial art you choose for your child, or they choose for themselves.

While most martial arts programs have some benefits, in terms of actual self-defense they are not all created equal. You’ll discover the three best martial arts for your children to train for self-defense in this article.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

One of the best martial arts for children is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sometimes referred to as “the gentle art,” it teaches children how to subdue attackers that may be much larger than them. Jiu Jitsu uses techniques from all types of grounded positions, even choke holds and submission holds while a child is being held down on their back.

One element that makes Jiu-Jitsu particularly effective is rolling. Rolling is live grappling where two Jiu-Jitsu practitioners try to “tap” each other. A tap is when one partner signals defeat by tapping thier partner, and the match is reset. Rolling allows students to learn the techniques against live resisting opponents, in a fun safe environment. This realism plays a big role in the effectiveness of the art. Many traditional martial arts lack such realism and focus more on theory than practical use.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is an outstanding martial art for your children. Students of the “art of eight limbs” use elbows, knees, kicks, and clinching techniques to end a fight on thier feet.

Your child will develop self-control as students of Muay Thai since they spar gently, and technically using ring proven techniques. Muay Thai has demonstrated for decades its effectiveness against other stand-up striking styles such as Karate.

Mixed Martial Arts

MMA teaches kids how to fight on the ground and standing up, as compared to the disciplines listed above, which concentrate solely on their specific techniques. If you are looking for the best self defense, this is where it is at!

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