In NYC Jiu Jitsu is all the rage. All ages want to get into it, from the very young to senior citizens. Many parents wonder about the best age to allow their children to begin training. Is there an age that is too young or too old? In general, most experts agree that the martial arts know no age. In fact, as with most things, it may be that the younger you can start the better. However, there are some things that are important to consider when it comes to determining the best age to start Jiu Jitsu training. Some obstacles may limit how young a child can start.
Some NYC Jiu Jitsu clubs will not train a child under the age of 14. If that is the case, and you have a child younger than this age, ask about the best way to prepare a child to begin training. There are certain games and focus exercises that can be used to help get children of all ages used to the training environment and get the prepared for the necessary focus and dedication. Also, it may be that this is necessary for the club to enforce due to the distraction children can be to older students. Private lessons may be available for those younger than the required age to take the class.
While some clubs do not allow training to begin until the early teens, there are some NYC Jiu Jitsu clubs that offer classes specifically for those that are younger. It seems most of them start at the age of 6, but some believe that many children are ready to start at the age of 5. The specifics of each class may vary, so be certain to verify all of the details ahead of time.
All children are different, so it is possible some maybe be ready to start training earlier than others. In this case, it may be necessary to do some convincing, and then it is still likely that private lessons will be the only option until they can begin training at a club. Most clubs will not break policy for individual cases.
Of course, if there are family members training in Jiu Jitsu the situation changes somewhat. While they still may not be able to train at a club, it is possible the children will be allowed to attend training with the parent, or at least watch during private training sessions. The parent can begin the child’s training at any time; remember that their abilities will be limited by their ages. Keeping it age appropriate is vital.
Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic way to stay in shape, practice self-defense, and much more. According to Ronin Athletics, training kids in the art can be very beneficial, and the younger you start the better generally speaking. There may be limits, however on when formal training can begin depending on club policy or the classes offered.
Faith Stewart writes for a variety of blogs.