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Want to send your kids to taekwondo or karate? BJJ may be better | Fit To Post Sports

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In Singapore, it’s something of a tradition for parents to sign their children up for taekwondo or karate classes (at the community centre), to help them learn self-defence as well as character traits such as self-discipline and respect for others.

But increasingly, more and more kids are taking up the grappling sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) as opposed to Asian forms of striking martial arts.

Photo courtesy of Trifecta

Photo courtesy of Trifecta

 

It is widely acknowledged that the beauty of BJJ is its ability to prove how a smaller individual can defeat a larger opponent with the right technique.

“BJJ is less violent, and teaches more about discipline and self-control,” said Professor Guilherme Mendes, one half of the famous Mendes brothers and a four-time BJJ black belt world champion.

Professor Mendes (left) at The Gentle Art (Photo courtesy of The Gentle Art)

Professor Mendes (left) at The Gentle Art (Photo courtesy of The Gentle Art)

“Kids are hyperactive and literally unstoppable, thus we need to slow them down and educate and teach them about discipline, respect and how to be good student and a good person,” he added.

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