Even though Brandon possesses a black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, our youth programs focus mostly on wrestling and boxing. If you’re interested in kid’s martial arts in Columbus, Ohio you really need to consider our point of view:
There are a number of reasons for our emphasis on kids wrestling but perhaps the most important is the way it produces more athletic benefits for the students. The physical demands of a typical wrestling practice can be very difficult. Warming up, drilling techniques, practicing specific situations and live wrestling are common and if done correctly will challenge strength, endurance and mental toughness. The merits of this kind of training are evidenced in the world of MMA. Many of the top fighters in the world come from a wrestling background and commonly state that wrestling at a high level is actually more difficult than fighting MMA. This is contrasted by the difficulty even the best BJJ practitioners experience when crossing over into MMA.
The merits of kids boxing are also numerous. We consider boxing the most simple and effective striking system in the world. Here at Brandon’s Gym, we try to promote the teachings Brandon learned from Coach Sam Jones of Sam’s Gym in Glouster, Ohio. Brandon learned to box and kick box from Coach Sam and even won a Kickboxing championship. Sam’s system has been in use for nearly a century as his gym is the oldest continuously operating boxing club in the United States. Using this same proven approach, we first learn to box. Only when we are competent at things like footwork, defense and punching, we can begin to add in kicking techniques. In the end, the kids are able to use their skills against other trained individuals. When that happens, we know that physical encounters with untrained people will be easy to manage.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that if your child becomes passionate about wrestling or boxing, there could be a much higher return on your investment than some traditional martial arts. There are many colleges and universities that offer scholarships for men’s wrestling and there are now many more beginning to offer them for women. Women’s wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
If you are even remotely interested in kid’s martial arts, boxing or wrestling in Columbus, Ohio, it will be worth your while to let us help point you in the right direction. You never know, you may even find a new activity for yourself.