Is Jiu Jitsu good for kids?

Is Jiu Jitsu good for kids?

Martial art training is a fantastic way to improve your health and fitness. For many parents, any activity that gets the kids off the couch and moving is good, and we’d agree.  Martial arts typically offer something extra though, that you often don’t get out of other activities. Whilst just about any sport will improve fitness and other physical abilities, other gains are often sadly missed.  What do I mean?  Improvements to confidence, self-esteem, focus… these are important things that kids can benefit from everyday such as at school, but are also things that only martial arts set out to teach (have you heard a soccer club talking about how they are working to improve focus at training?.. not typically).  

Turning to the question, is Jiu Jitsu good for goods?… yes.  Is it the best martial art for kids?  It depends to some extent on the individual child.  Particularly for young children, they tend to like to be able to feel like they are getting improvements quickly.  Hey Mum!  Check-out what I learnt at class today…!  The problem with Jiu Jitsu, and all joint based martial arts such as BJJ, Hapkido, Aikido, and Judo, is that they are very technical.  Like anything that’s very technical, it takes more time to learn.  Often a lot more time.  BJJ gives a good example where it typically takes 12-14 years to get a black belt, compared to around 5 years in most martial arts.  Honestly, how many kids are going to stick to an activity for 12 years… 


What are the alternatives to Jiu Jitsu for kids?

Taekwondo and Karate are probably the best known martial arts, and for good reason.  Taekwondo has around 200 million practitioners worldwide and is thought to be the largest of the martial arts by participant numbers.  The reasons are pretty simple, it’s fun and easy to learn, and at the right club, you’ll learn practical self-defence and martial art skills mixed in with focus and fitness.  For younger children especially, being able to learn skills quickly and feel like they are progressing is a real benefit, and something that helps kids stick with it.  Typically kids work on skills for a term and will grade to the next level at the end of the term.  



Want to try your child in martial arts?

BTC welcomes martial arts students with any amount of previous experience to train at our dedicated Brisbane studios. Our friendly staff will find the perfect class for you from our weekly schedule of 90 day, weekend, and evening lessons. Our instructors are dedicated to helping you progress at the right pace while keeping you safe as you learn.  The best way to find out if it’s for you or your child, is to come and try a class for yourself 🙂

90+ classes a week

BTC offers over 90 martial arts classes every week for all abilities, interests and ages. It’s easy to find a class at a time and day to fit your schedule and experience level. We teach:

  • Beginner to advanced level students
  • Adults and children
  • Groups and private sessions
  • Training workshops
  • Corporate classes



BTC is a dedicated martial arts studio in Brisbane. Our rooms are air-conditioned and safety matted, and the equipment is permanently set up for the sole purpose of teaching martial arts. There’s no waiting for your class to start while a hall or other shared space is prepared. There’s always enough equipment for every participant. Our expert trainers ensure you get the best value from every minute of your lesson time.

Onsite Gym

BTC also has a convenient onsite gym with a full range of modern cardio equipment. It’s easy to supplement your martial arts practice with fitness training before or after class. Or visit our gym between sessions for a workout in a familiar and social environment. So there are tons of reasons for you to come try a class today!