Why It’s Important For Kids To Learn Martial Arts


Physical self-defense skills are the foundation for confidence. Kids can’t verbally confront bullies in any way if they are afraid of their personal safety.

In this video clip from one of our classes, a young girl practices the following scenario:

1. Bully mounts on top and tries to choke her. She counters with the “snakebite” trap and roll escape.
2. Next, she passes through the bully’s legs to gain a dominant mount position.
3. Next, she develops positional control and maintains the mount against the bully’s pushing attempts to escape.
4. Assume the bully does manage to escape the mount, the defending child immediately falls into punch block protection stage 1 from the bottom.


Jiu Jitsu is the PERFECT martial art for kids because it is very effective for real life situations, the techniques are purely defensive and utilize no strikes, and it’s also a lot of fun to learn.

These are techniques that a kid can use to non-violently neutralize a bully and gain control until help arrives.

Some have said it’s a way to “fight fire with water”.

Now the ironic thing about this kind of training is that it builds so much confidence in a child they probably won’t be bothered anymore.

Bullies want easy targets. They look for victims who look easy to push around.

But training in our program builds unshakable confidence in a child, making them so confident in themselves that no bully will want to bother them.

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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.