Master Nilton Garcia and Gracie Garcia Academy have been working with local communities for the past 4 years offering seminars and free jiu-jitsu classes for several Councils throughout London, we think jiu-jitsu and Martial arts can help build a strong character and curb agressive behaviour and indiscipline as well as show people that body and mind can work together bringing well being and a healthy life.
Gracie Garcia Academy strongly encourages the participation of children and young people in martial arts to develop discipline, respect for themselves and their communities and to develop learning skills. Martial arts provide a framework for improvement on three levels physically, mentally and socially. While there are numerous benefits the pursuit of excellence is a challenging journey, through which children and young people should be supported.
Today's culture that seems to glorify violence in everything from music to video games and television shows, even martial arts-centered action films seem to be filled to the brim with violent behaviour. But this isn't what martial arts is really about. As a child or young person there are a number of reasons to participate in martial arts training.
Build self-discipline. One of the principles of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline.
Develop social skills. Children and young people involved in martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits.
Stay fit and healthy. Enrolling in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages an inactive lifestyle but also gives you an enjoyable activity.
Set and Achieve Goals – Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system using colored belts or sashes that signify the wearer's competence and skills. Striving towards the next level instills valuable lessons about setting and achieving goals.
Increase Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so self-esteem levels will rise with every level achieved.
Develop Respect – Learning any martial arts style will require respect for yourself and others.
Encourage Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Traditional styles teach peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasise the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
Improve Listening Skills – In order to master the skills you learn to listen and understand isntructions and benefit from developing this skill.
Develop Teamwork Skills – Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson, martial arts can help a child to learn that lesson.
Improve Other Areas of Life – The benefits of martial arts training does not end in the Dojo or Kuan. Confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help children and young people to navigate the academic and social aspects of school and have an all-around good influence in the home and into adult life.
If you are interested in starting a new project with your community and would like our help please feel free to CONTACT US and we will happily assist you with that.
Master Nilton Garcia and his instructors are fully qualified in First Aid, Children Safeguarding and DBS check.