Kids’ Martial Arts
Kids’ Martial Arts Chesterfield, MO. Are you looking for a structured, yet fun environment for your kids? Something, anything that will keep them active and perhaps have them zero in on long enough to pry them away from the television and the Xbox? Kids’ martial arts classes at Gracie Barra Chesterfield will provide just what you are looking for.
Rooted in honor, respect, wellness, and discipline, our kids’ martial arts classes are all about self improvement. We focus on building a positive attitude and respect in our students so that they not only become better on the mats, but better in life. Many parents find that the life skills taught in, and the benefits of, kids’ martial arts classes are second to none. We’re certain you will, too. More than 6.5 million kids participate in martial arts in the United States. We teach the same values you do at home, in a positive, safe, clean, and fun environment.
Reasons to sign up for kids’ martial arts classes at Gracie Barra Chesterfield include:
- The world’s #1 martial arts team, with over 900 schools across the globe and 400 in North America
- Over 61 years of martial arts knowledge
- Stress relief workouts
- Unique Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu philosophy
- Accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors
- Welcoming and challenging environment
- Martial arts tradition originating from Japan and Brazil
- Diet education
At What Age Can We Begin Kids’ Martial Arts at Gracie Barra Chesterfield?
Many experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, believe your children can start structured martial arts classes at any age. Some suggest that anywhere from 3-6 are usually good ages to start classes. Gracie Barra Chesterfield has several “Little Champions” kids’ martial arts classes starting at age 3.
Our kids’ martial arts classes provide valuable lessons and ongoing mental enhancements, while giving your children the space to grow physically, emotionally, and socially. The classes even help them listen better, feel calmer, stay focused, and stand firm through tough situations.
No matter what path your kids take during or after Gracie Barra martial arts, they’ll learn to rely on skills taught in our programs in everything they do:
- Determination and perseverance
- Leadership and teamwork
- Communication and camaraderie
- Self-confidence in everything they do
What Do You Teach My Children in Kids’ Martial Arts at Gracie Barra Chesterfield?
Children are like sponges, absorbing things quickly and easily, far more than we do as adults. The Gracie Barra Chesterfield kids’ martial arts program builds a strong foundation in social and emotional learning using martial arts instruction. You will see improvements in your kids’ attitudes, their abilities to engage and show empathy toward others, as well as improvements in making responsible decisions, after only a couple of classes. There is a built-in physicality with practicing martial arts, so your children will be encouraged to be active and exercise. This improves your kids’:
Many of the enhancements of martial arts training, particularly for kids and teenagers, aren’t as immediately noticeable. According to the American Council on Exercise, by the time they reach high school, 63 percent of children are no longer physically active. Recent research by Simmons Market Research states that nearly 65 percent of teens who participate in martial arts say that sports are an important part of their social life, and 77 percent of teens say that their participation in martial arts helps to keep them healthy.
What Are the Benefits of Kids’ Martial Arts at Gracie Barra Chesterfield?
Martial arts have exceptional effects on the physical and mental health of your kids. Gracie Barra Chesterfield kids’ martial arts classes are great for:
Self-Defense From Bullies
Learning self-defense is one of the premier advantages of martial arts, particularly for parents. We know that being a parent comes with the burden of worrying about your kids’ safety when you aren’t there to protect them. Approximately 1 out of 4 kids is a victim of bullying. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is considered one of the best martial arts for kids, as well as the de facto martial art for self-defense.
Making Friends Through Teamwork
Much like team sports, martial arts classes at Gracie Barra Chesterfield are great ways for your children to meet other kids and make new friends as they learn the art. Students practice moves on each other – known as sparring – once they reach a certain level. Training and going over drills together is more beneficial than training alone, so students have to learn to work together. Making new friends in class helps motivate them to continue going to classes and encourage each other.
Exercise Disguised as Fun
Martial arts classes at Gracie Barra Chesterfield help your kids stay active and healthy. They get a full-body workout and improve their coordination, reflexes, flexibility, balance, endurance, and agility. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily for children aged 6-17, plus at least three days of muscle- and bone-strengthening activity per week.
Discipline and Mindfulness
Teaching your kids to block, kick, and punch at Gracie Barra Chesterfield does not mean they become more aggressive in their day-to-day life. Quite the opposite, in fact. A recent study by the National Library of Medicine shows that martial arts can reduce aggressive behavior as it teaches discipline and self-control. Our kids’ martial arts classes are also known for their benefits on the mind. They help your child grow into a well-rounded person by teaching them important life skills like patience, humility, and respect.
Boosted Confidence and Self-Esteem
Enrolling your children in kids’ martial arts classes at Gracie Barra Chesterfield does amazing things for their confidence. The classes are rooted in teaching the importance of personal growth rather than competition, so there is no pressure for your children to compare themselves to others. Starting martial arts helps your kids feel more confident in themselves in everything they do. Working towards and achieving goals set in classes is also a great way for them to boost their self-esteem as they progress.
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There really is a safe, natural, and effective way to take charge and positively impact every aspect of your kids’ lives. It doesn’t take medicine, therapy, harsh actions, like prying them away from the TV, or cajoling your kids to change their behavior. No, it is teaching your children the above principles – including self-discipline, hard work, confidence, and respect – and the core values of Gracie Barra:
- Brotherhood: Helping and encouraging fellow students
- Integrity: Honoring the martial arts and upholding values and traditions
- Development: Sharing the life-changing aspects of martial arts with any student that wishes to learn, regardless of age, size, or skill level
Our instructors teach a unique martial arts training etiquette for kids to allow development and camaraderie. We do not allow bullying, intimidation, or hostility in our gym. We provide a welcoming environment for the entire family. Give us a call today at 314-861-9635 or contact us to start kids’ martial arts classes and join the family at Gracie Barra Chesterfield.