Boomtown Sports: A sport by sport look at the youth sports in the Tall City

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As Mixed Martial Arts has grown in popularity across the country so has learning about the basics of a martial art. Brad Barnes, who works with Rhino BJJ and the Bruno Bastos Association, said that they are experiencing growth at the younger age groups in teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and he admits they can be easier to teach. But Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t the only martial art being taught in town as there are a number of taekwondo and kick boxing gyms that kids are frequenting.

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Brad Barnes, who is a coach with Rhino BJJ and the Bruno Bastos Association, said that many parents put them in sports such as martial arts and other individual sports because their parents want them to be active.

It’s something that was echoed by other coaches and golf and tennis professionals across the city as participating in these sports offers a young athlete a chance to compete and sometimes doesn’t come with the pressure of participating in a team sport.

“I would say we have a pretty high retention rate in the kids program and there are kids that are drawn to doing this,” Barnes said. “It’s a team atmosphere but an individual sport.”

No matter the reasons, increased participation is something that is seen as good for these sports and for the athletes that compete in them. It’s a chance to be active and have fun, and having fun continues to be a main focus.

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