The world is not getting any saner and sadly the teenagers are suffering. Teenage depression and suicide is at an all time high. One way to help mitigate the threats that teens are facing is enrolling them in a time – tested Martial Arts program. At Grail we teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. Both lineages offer a powerful path towards personal self development. Below are four of the many benefits of Martial Arts for teenagers:

1) Avoid after-school Idleness:

Martial arts offers a productive after-school practice for teenagers. It is easy for teenagers to get pulled in the wrong direction when they have too much free time. The dojo is a place of growth and teens can learn how to defend themselves while working with other like – minded people. They can also get physically fit while learning practical self-defense skills. Moving their bodies and burning off stress has been shown to improve focus and promote healthy sleep patterns. This can make it easier to teens to finish their school work on time and get a good night’s sleep.

2) The Dojo is a Positive Environment / Role Models
It has been said that one of the greatest aspects of the Martial Arts are the people that you’ll meet. At Grail Jiu Jitsu we teach the value of cooperation over competition. For teenagers this means being able to train not only with other teens but also training safely with adults. Having positive adult role models on the mat can help support teens outside of school and home. Teens are also encouraged to train with their parents. This can strengthen family bonds and offer a new way to communicate with their parent.

3) Martial Arts Teaches Human Values
Martial arts is far more than just physical training. It may seem that way on the surface, but dig deeper and you’ll find that 80% of the training is mental and 20% physical. Through consistent training students learn the importance of respect, humility, honor, integrity, courage and discipline.These skills go way beyond the mat. There is never a time when people do not need those values. These fundamental life skills can be applied to everything that one does inside and outside of the Dojo.

4) Teenagers can Positively influence their Inner Circle.

As teenagers grow on their Martial Arts path and become more confident, skilled and physically healthy, they will naturally become leaders. Leaders can positively influence their inner circle and help heir friends make good choices. In the long run, this means better social interaction, less bullying and better relationships overall.

Curious about the Martial Arts for your teen but not sure how to get them started? Try an Introductory lesson and let them see for themselves.