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Social Skills are Developed

Developing Social Skills

As a child I was painfully shy, especially around adults. I hated the idea of standing in front of my peers for a reading assignment. The absolute worst was getting in trouble and going to the principles office. I would cry as though they wanted to kill me. Not that going to the principles office was a good thing. My point here is that I had a terrible fear of interacting with others. Instead of facing this fear and working to develop my social skills, I would shy away from others. This improved somewhat as I got older and started to play team sports. But what really cured me of this challenge was finding Jiu-jitsu

How Jiu-jitsu builds our social skills

At age 15 I found Jiu-jitsu. I had watched a few Royce Gracie fights from the early UFC days and when I found a school that taught Jiu-jitsu (at least, some form of it), I couldn’t wait to get started. In the beginning I wanted to learn all the cool moves that I had seen Royce Gracie do. What I didn’t realize at the time was that by training alongside my new training partners every week, I was developing one of the most important skills a person can possess…people skills. Fast forward to today and I frequently teach classes in front of over 100 students, in front of classrooms for elementary, middle and high school and I even teach a course on how to become a martial arts instructor. This would never have been possible without my years of daily practice in the martial arts. Jiu-jitsu and Martial Arts teaches students to be better listeners, to communicate with one another, to be patient (both with yourself and others), to encourage, to praise and to accept praise from others. The social skills that I have developed over the years have helped me turn a tiny garage business into one of the most successful Jiu-jitsu academies in Texas. And, I have been able to help other academy owners grow their Jiu-jitsu school’s as well. In summary, I cannot think of a single activity that can dramatically improve a persons social skills and confidence more than martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. And I know for a fact that both kids and adults will benefit tremendously by training in a qualified martial arts academy.


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