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One could write their dissertation on this topic as there are numerous avenues to explore. For the sake of time and space I am only going to touch on the highlights. As a parent who trains jiu jitsu I can say from experience that it is great for “ALL” kids.
Kids have an endless supply of energy which needs to be channeled in meaningful directions which allows them the opportunity to have thoughtful play that keeps them entertained and out of trouble. Kids are like sponges and are able to soak up information easily since they have not established set biases. Working with kids at an early age is crucial in helping to establish their self esteem, cognitive skills and confidence.
So why jiu jitus you ask. Jiu jitsu is physical yet controlled, this allows the kids the opportunity to expel much of that adolescent energy as they build muscle coordination, flexibility, stamina, respect, humility, and self restraint in a safe and supervised environment. However, as physical as jiu jitsu might be it is as much mental if not more. Jiu jitsu is similar to solving a life size puzzle, technique requires mental practice and repetition, and as the child’s library of techniques expand so will the need to solve more complex puzzles. These puzzles I speak of is the ability to link multiple techniques together, respond with the proper counter to the opponents attack, and the development of a personal style and strategy. The cognitive skills used in training jiu jitsu are similar to that of a chess player. And we can not forget the self confidence that kids gain from such physical accomplishments, which can serve to keep them from being bullied in school and less inclined to be involved in school yard brawls.
Kids love to grapple, it comes natural to them to roll around on the ground and horse play, so I say why not get them into an environment which lends to this natural act. Kids classes are a great opportunity for your child to make many new friends and usually are right after school making it very conveient. Many academies have free trial periods where your child can test the waters so to speak, if you have the opportunity I encourage you to take advantage of the offer if available.
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If you are reading this blog than you are much like me, meaning once off the mats you can not get enough Jiu Jitsu. I am guessing that you spend much of your time off the mat reading the latest Jiu Jitsu how to books, watching countless YouTube videos, and or glued to your TV watching the latest DVD. Go ahead raise your hand and scream, “YES”, to all the above. So since we are all in the same self help group, I am gonna say you all fall into the small frustrating snag that I was in until recently, this is why I now take my material with me now.
I have had the fortune to attend numerous seminars in Seaside which feature Rafael Lovato Jr., and have always been pleased by the amount of positional details he provides to his students and attendees. So when I found out that he was releasing an IPhone/IPad application on the ompolata I knew I would have to get it. Taking advantage of the introductory offer I downloaded it as fast as I could. I am using an IPhone 4 to view it and can say that the screen is not to small at all, I imagine that it would blow you away running on an IPad.
I am very impressed with how each technique is set up as a separate chapter so that you can choose which technique you want to view without having to scan or let the instructional run to find what you are looking for. Second the video quality receives a high rating, I would be willing to bet that they spent a great deal of time making sure that they had the perfect distance and frame size, this allows the technique to be shown in great detail as Rafael moves without him falling off the screen or getting to far away to see the details. They were able to integrate an alternate camera angle so that the far side details which usually get blocked where easily and seamlessly added into the clips. At first I thought my phone was giving out because the alternative angle is in a black, grey and white scale, this adds a strong aesthetic feel to the overall production of the app, as well as a cool factor.
If you are a fan of the omoplata or looking to add it to your game I can not recommend this app enough. Rafael breaks each position down into its integral parts and makes it a point to explain why and how each are important to the overall position. Rafael not only addresses the essence of the omoplata but he makes it a point to always keep you focused on grip control as well. I was very pleased to see that Rafael laid out the app so that it flowed from setting up the position, to attacking and sweeping from the position, into defending the position and then lastly numerous options to finish the position.
This app is a great addition to your training material and what better than to have access to the techniques right there in your pocket. If you commute to work on public transportation, spend time waiting for clients or your significant other, or need a quick fix on you lunch break than look no further. My only recommendation would be MORE please, I am looking forward to what the future may bring in the realm of Jiu Jitsu based apps and instructionals.
Check out the link for details from the Apple App store. Cheers Guys!
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Rafael Lovato Jr. talking about his training at Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy!