5 reasons YOUR child should train in Kids BJJ, Judo, and Wrestling



kidsAre you considering karate classes for your child? Why not consider Kids Jiu Jitsu classes instead? Kids who take Kids Jiu Jitsu classes at Bastos BJJ Midland learn a self-defense method that’s got Karate beat, hands down!

We start by giving your child an incredible workout from head-to-toe. Our expert Jiu Jitsu instructors will show your child all the classic Jiu Jitsu moves with none of the dangerous punches and kicks found in other martial arts. Your child’s self-confidence will be forged as he or she masters Jiu Jitsu mounts, side mounts, takedowns, guard positions and more.

Raise A Champion With Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes At Bastos BJJ Midland in West Texas

When your child takes Kids Jiu Jitsu classes at Bastos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Midland, we guarantee you’ll notice big changes after the very first class! Jiu Jitsu is great for your child’s body, but it’s great for the mind, too! In fact, many parents tell us that Jiu Jitsu is the perfect workout for kids and we couldn’t agree more.

When kids take the Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and wrestling classes for kids at Bastos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, they learn at the hands of martial arts masters. Every instructor on our staff is a certified Black Belt and/or a World Champion with years of experience teaching Jiu Jitsu and martial arts to kids.


1. Physical benefits: Children who train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) are learning a healthy lifestyle by staying active, which, as most parents know, is difficult to do in the age of video games and social media! Staying active burns calories, increases good cholesterol, decreases bad cholesterol, increases flexibility, increases balance and coordination, improves fitness, maintains healthy joints and keeps the heart rate up, all while learning how to defend yourself! Proper martial arts training should be fun and educational, all while increasing a child’s self-confidence, which can in turn manifest itself in many positive ways of a child’s life.

2. Self-Esteem: Self-esteem is developed in martial arts due to the ability to grow and set goals. At first, kids in BJJ class start off setting short-term goals (getting a feel for the movements). These goals are realized after a few short months and are rewarded with a new belt or stripe. The student realizes that the effort and work put forth in the martial arts class pays off, in this case, a new belt color. Once they realize that BJJ is for life they begin to reach for a higher goal, attaining the coveted black belt, but along the way, self-esteem and self-confidence is growing, along with the child.

3. Bullyproof: Bullying is a well-documented and growing problem in schools these days. And with no signs of slowing down, martial arts training can give much needed tools to the child on how to better deal with bullies and bullying situations. Martial arts teaches children to stand up for themselves and for others if there is a bullying situation. Preventing bullying does not mean resorting to violence, it means having the confidence to stand up for what is right. However, what’s worse for parents than learning their child is being a bully, is that their child is a bully him/herself. At Bastos BJJ Midland, we focus on developing strong human beings, learning to help others, not hurt them.

4. Mental Health: Apart from self-esteem, BJJ is very mentally challenging which helps kids develop character. Compared to other martial arts, it can take up to 10 yrs for adults to reach black belt because of the complexity of the art. The ability of a BJJ student to learn how to deal with obstacles in a controlled environment gives the benefit of increased mental health because the student develops the ever-important “Never Give Up” attitude. That attitude is imperative in developing leaders and strong individuals who don’t see a limit to what they can accomplish and learn how to navigate their way through challenges. Along the way, your child will gain self-discipline, self-confidence, focus, and respect, just to name a few of the many mental benefits of training.

5. Awareness: The last thing any parent wants is a lost child. Typically, the child is fine and found in a few minutes. But what if the worst case scenario presented itself?  Realistically, can a child defend themselves against an adult? Probably not. But a child can learn how to be aware of their surroundings, and take the necessary steps to prevent dangerous situations. BJJ teaches children to be flexible, make quick decisions, and take action while remaining calm.