My child is failing in school – how is studying martial arts going to help his grades?

Martial arts training teaches focus, self-discipline, and self-respect. Kids who absorb these lessons carry them everywhere – including the classroom.

What skills will my child learn to help themselves do better in school?

Martial arts training teaches focus, discipline, self-control, and respect. These traits help children let go of petty grievances and learn to pay attention to the things that are most important to their future success.

Can learning how to punch and kick really help my child with math and spelling?

It can. Sometimes, kids don’t do well in school because they have difficulty focusing or disciplining themselves to study. In our school, they must focus during each class. They learn the value of working toward goals, and that can help them with other subjects, too.

My child resists learning anything new – what if they resist learning martial arts, too?

If your child is reluctant, we will work with them to help them register a series of successes to build their confidence. Especially at the beginning, it’s easy for students to advance and see the fruits of their labor. Building on those accomplishments can help even the most reluctant student be enthusiastic about martial arts.

Will taking martial arts classes make my teenager less prone to making careless and thoughtless decisions?

We teach teenagers the value of respect, discipline, and judgment, and they learn that knee-jerk decisions are often not the right ones.

My teenager spends all day playing video games – won’t they resist the idea of taking a fitness class?

They might – but martial arts classes are fun and social, and kids also see them as cool. We’re used to a little resistance, but we also know how to get teens interested in what we teach, and keep them interested.

I can’t believe how poor my teen’s judgment is. Can studying martial arts make a difference?

Yes. Martial arts classes require teens to learn and then apply lessons to decisions in real time in our martial arts school. That’s a skill that they will carry with them everywhere they go.

My teenager feels like they have a target on their back. How can studying martial arts help?

Teens who study martial arts learn to carry themselves with strength and confidence, and that makes them less likely to be targeted by bullies. They also learn how to defend themselves if necessary.

My teenager starts things and gives them up all the time. Why should I expect martial arts to be different?

Teens who want to excel in martial arts must make a commitment to continued study. We can’t guarantee that your teen will stick to it, but we can tell you that our instructors encourage persistence and teach teens that they can’t achieve their goals if they give up.

My teen doesn’t respect me at all. Can studying martial arts change that?

Yes. Respect is a core value in our martial arts school, and all students learn to respect their instructors, fellow students, and their parents.


Do I need to know jiu-jitsu or Judo to study BJJ?

No, you don’t. There are beginner classes available and many of the people who study BJJ have no prior martial arts training.

Is there a belt system in BJJ?

Yes. Students work their way through five belt levels: white, blue, purple, brown, and black. Each belt has four stripes to help students monitor their progress – and once you earn a black belt, you can proceed to new levels based on how long you have been studying BJJ.

Do I need any special equipment to study Brazilian Martial Arts?

Students typically wear a Gi (two-piece garment worn by martial artists.) It is also typical for male students to wear a cup, and some students may want to wear a mouth guard. It’s a good idea to have a supply of athletic tape, as well.

As a beginner, do I need to spar?

No. Beginner classes focus on teaching basic techniques and safety, and you can then work your way up to controlled sparring in class.

Can BJJ help me defend myself?

Absolutely. It’s one of the world’s most effective self-defense techniques and is often preferred because it teaches students to leverage their body weight to defeat larger opponents.

Will taking BJJ classes help me lose weight?

It can, particularly if you combine BJJ classes with a healthy diet and lifestyle. BJJ provides a great, full-body workout that burns calories, builds muscles, and boosts the metabolism.