The Benefits of Kid’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu last a lifetime says Master Ricardo Murgel

I recently had the chance to sit down ( over Facebook at least) with KnuckleUp Brazilian Jiu Jitsu head instructor, Ricardo Murgel and discuss the many benefits Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training holds for kids.


“The goal for our children’s Jiu Jitsu class is to improve concentration, build self control, esteem and character in a safe and fun environment,” he says.


“My goal as a teacher isn’t to just create champions in competition but to train young people to succeed in life. The challenges a child faces in the gym and the character traits they will develop in Jiu Jitsu class are closely related to the sorts of activities and challenges they’ll face and need to overcome in the real world.” He gave as an example the impact that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has in bullying situations.


“The basis of bullying in both children and adults is fear and insecurity on the part of the bully. Therefore a confident child, one with healthy self esteem and a strong moral character will neither bully others nor allow themselves to be bullied.”


Master Murgel, who is one of the highest ranking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Masters in the United States went on to list some of the other specific benefits training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can have for children.


  • Increased strength
  • Increased coordination
  • Decreased risk of obesity
  • Increased overall health
  • Better flexibility
  • Development of cognitive ability (Jiu Jitsu is, after all, physical chess)
  • Mental Balance
  • Character Building
  • Self Confidence
  • Self Esteem
  • Improved socialization skills and learning to respect others
  • Creation of a healthy sense of discipline and proper respect for authority


He also described the valuable life lessons children can learn in the safety of Jiu Jitsu class.


  • When you fall, get up and try again – In every setback there is an opportunity to learn.
  • The best are not born that way but get that way through effort.
  • Self-control – The greatest and most lasting victory is the one you win over yourself.
  • The value of a team spirit
  • The importance of honesty


If you would like  for your child to experience the wonderful effect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu then sign up here and try out our classes free for a week.