Brazilian Jui Jitsu: Self-Discipline


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) offers numerous benefits for kids, and one of the most significant advantages is its positive impact on self-discipline. Here are some key elements of self-discipline that are taught and mastered by kids that participates in  BJJ:


  1. Structure and Rules: BJJ training follows a structured curriculum and a set of rules. Children learn the importance of following instructions, breaking down moves, and mastering them. Students follow systematic warmups that cultivate respect for their instructors, opponents, and themselves through drills. This helps cultivate discipline by teaching them to stay focused and the importance of mastering basic skill sets.


  1. Goal Setting: BJJ provides a clear progression system through belts and ranks. Students learn to set goals, work towards them, and experience the satisfaction of achieving milestones. This process instills discipline by teaching them the value of perseverance, consistent effort, and long-term dedication.


  1. Patience and Delayed Gratification: BJJ training requires patience and perseverance. Children learn that progress takes time and effort. They develop the ability to delay immediate gratification, understand that skills are built over time, and learn to appreciate the process. Staying committed to the work it takes to attain goals is a core pillar of self-discipline. 


  1. Mental Focus and Concentration: BJJ demands mental focus, concentration, and mindfulness. Children learn to pay attention to details, follow techniques, and anticipate their opponent’s movements. This improves their ability to concentrate, enhances their mental discipline, and helps them remain present and focused in training and other areas of life.


  1. Emotional Regulation: BJJ training can be physically and mentally challenging, requiring children to manage their emotions effectively. They learn to control frustration, fear, and anger in a controlled environment. Mastery of emotions is one of the most challenging aspects of self-discipline (even for adults), and helps students respond calmly, make rational decisions, and persevere through difficult situations.


  1. Respect and Humility: BJJ emphasizes respect for others, including instructors, training partners, and opponents. Students learn to treat others with humility, courtesy, and respect, both on and off the mats. This fosters the importance of self-control, empathy, and maintaining positive relationships.


  1. Responsibility and Accountability: BJJ training encourages children to take responsibility for their progress and actions. They learn that their success or failure depends on their own efforts and commitment. This pushes students to make responsible choices and take ownership of their development.


At McMahon, we see Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a great gateway on the journey of self-discipline for kids of all ages as it provides a structured environment for mastery and discovery. We hope to instill in each student goal-oriented growth, emphasis on delayed gratification, mental focus, emotional regulation, respect, humility, and the development of responsibility and accountability. These qualities extend beyond the training mats and can positively impact various aspects of a child’s life. McMahon takes the opportunity to shape young minds and bodies with enthusiasm and honor- your first class is on us.  We look forward to seeing you soon.