Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in San Clemente usually hosts a couple of In-House tournaments for our students every year. This year, we ran one specifically for kids.

There are many reasons why we host these In-House tournaments, particularly when they are for children. One of the most important reasons is motivation.

Although our students are motivated by the goal of achieving their next rank or earning stripes on their belts after successfully completing their character development homework or passing their monthly tests, nothing motivates them more than the possibility of earning a gold medal or a trophy.

Human beings need motivation to accomplish goals. Some have more self-motivation than others, but all of them will try harder for the right external motivation. In this case, a gold medal.

Competitors have a purpose. They want to win, and for that, they will focus more, try harder during practice, take care of their bodies, and go as hard as they can at their matches during the competition.

In our school in San Clemente, we notice that most of the parents don’t know how their child will react during a solo sport such as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition. That’s one of the reasons we like to motivate them to sign their children up for a tournament because we know their children will most likely exceed their expectations.

During regular martial arts classes, children are not always motivated. Sometimes they are not in the mood. So, if the parents have been watching their children during practice, they don’t know their real potential. But when they watch their children competing, they get a glance of that potential.

We can go on and on about the benefits of having children compete in martial arts. They become more focused and more determined. They become physically and mentally strong. But above all, they come back to practice a better student than before.

So, congratulation to all of our young competitors!

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