Kids and the Mat

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  1. peregrine

    peregrine Kahuna Dog

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    For your kids or the kids you know.

    *What sport(s)?
    *Age?
    *How often?
    *Hours a week?
    *Primarily Competitive or Recreation?


    In contrast I've heard of kids training like professional athletes training 5-6days a week 2x a day.
     
  2. PorkPiePusher

    PorkPiePusher Loro Piana cashmere belt

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    Judo is a good sport for kids, teaches character and discipline and promotes healthy body development. I've also yet to meet a judoka who didn't have higher learning aspirations. Soccer also, promotes socialising without much damage being threatened.

    Training max 3x per week, I am a firm believer in kids beying kids and playing in the mud much more than living out their parents' dreams of athletic greatness.
     
  3. Dirtmcgurt

    Dirtmcgurt White Belt

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    My daughter has been in Bjj for 10 months, recently started Judo also.
    7 years old.
    4 classes a week total (Saturdays are Bjj and Judo class)
    6 hours a week total
    competitive in bjj (going to her 3rd tournament in Feb)
     
  4. ens189

    ens189 ELI-te Belt Platinum Member

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    My son is six, been training for a little over a year. 3-5 days a week and two tournaments so far. He'll add wrestling in the fall as well.
     
  5. peregrine

    peregrine Kahuna Dog

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    Awesome.
    In reply but not personal response to other parents/persons seeing kids training a lot and perceiving it as a parents unfulfilled dreams.

    This may be true in some instances or to a point.
    It may also mean they envision certain specifics tangible and intangible from time spent doing some sport.

    In my situation my son spends a lot of time training. I see the whole Russian philosophy of exposure to a lot of sports builds versatility, social skills, etc.
    But, I as an adult spend a huge amount of time on the mat already. It makes sense for me to have my child train, see me put out, work hard and still compete. In large part a parent child bonding.

    In comparison, my nephew and niece spend 75min total on the mat a week(1xwk). Because they are involved in 4to6 other activities each. Soccer, baseball, volleyball, scouting, crafts, swimming, football, etc.
    I don't see the reasoning in so much exposure. I also do not enjoy Watching aor Waiting for certain sports, games, practices.
    I also interpret the lessons learned on the mat valuable to my own life's philosophy. I especially am in tune with the coaches outlook on life and practice. I demand a lot, but my child knows no other alternative. Mostly the coach(es) do(es) all the coaching and I can be the parent. Firm, fair and supportive.

    This is simply a matter of differences in philosophy.
     
  6. Grrrr

    Grrrr BE NICE

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    Wrestling and football
    Ages 9 & 11(this is their fourth yr for both)
    Practice is m/w/f 6-8(in season)
    Matches on Sat/Sunday (sometimes one or the other and sometimes both days)
    In wrestling season my youngest is super competitive. My oldest isn't as competitive but absolutely loves the sport. Off season is used to keep everything fresh and for exercise. The wrestling club we belong to is open year round. We usually go once or twice a week during the off season.
    Football starts with 4-5 practices a week starting the end of July and tapers down to 2 practices a week come October (league rules). They take a break from wrestling during football season.
     
  7. orangeclay

    orangeclay Orange Belt

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    My daughter has been training BJJ on average 1 hour 45 mins a week for 4 years. She is ten now. She has only competed once and has other sports she enjoys as well but she does like BJJ, and I have found that by keeping it low key for her, she has done it much longer than many of the other kids at the same gym. My son who is younger is following her lead. Neither of them sees BJJ as their main sport but certainly while on the mat they are respectful. Personally, I train much more than they do, but I enjoy it more. I have yet to be tempted to coach either child and leave that up to their instructors, many of whom I train with myself as partners and know are wonderful.
     
  8. seamus1979

    seamus1979 Green Belt

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    My son just turned eight
    He did gymnastics from age to six.
    He started wrestling at four
    One hour every Sunday
    The coach splits them into age brackets so from age four to six they don't do much in the way of wrestling, more wrestling gymnastics with pummeling and how to fall over without hurting yourself. From six to eight is when is when he started wrestling properly but its only an hour a week but seeing as wrestling is rare as rocking horse shit in the uk it ain't bad.
    He started BJJ and judo 18 months ago as well. 90 minutes for each a week. He's done about 20 judo competitions and one BJJ competition in that time. The wrestling seems to give him an advantage in he is a lot more physical than the other kids in the judo tournaments. He is far from the best but he seems to be having a lot of fun with it so that's all that matters. I've been truly shocked at some tournies, no matter the outcome my son comes off the mat and gives me a hug and a kiss but you see some fathers screaming at there kids.
     
  9. Thrawn33

    Thrawn33 JUST BLEED Belt

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    My 5 year old son will start Judo soon, was going to start him off with wrestling but when we found out a kids club is starting he wanted to be like dad. :) (he never saw me wrestle)

    My 12 year old daughter has dabbled in Judo but I never pushed it. As of now she's hitting soccer hard, playing for the high school while in middle school..hope she don't burn out on it, but I don't push hard on it because I never played it and like being an ignorant patent fan for once..

    Would be cool if she wanted to do Judo more seriously, but I wouldn't push it.
     
  10. Dogstarman

    Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

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    My son goes 2 times a week. He is 8 years old. I don't want to push him to compete. I figure he can compete when he is ready. I also just want him to learn how to defend himself properly without hurting the other person badly.

    I have him in there for exercise, fun and socializing. I in no way want to be douchebag dad.
     
  11. jujijimmy

    jujijimmy Blue Belt

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    My 2 kids have been doing judo for 4 yrs, they started when then were 6-8. they train between 1.5 - 4.5 hrs a week depending on how they feel or what else is going on. I don't put pressure on them anymore as ive learnt that its not healthy. Its a marathon not a sprint, id prefer them to do other things as well and not burn out and quit early. they have won a lot of medals in competitions.
     
  12. Title Fight Productions

    Title Fight Productions Steel Belt

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    Wrestling (folk/free/greco)
    11yrs old
    Practices 3 days a week
    (6 hours of practice per week with tournaments each weekend)

    Competitive but not overly pushed at his young age.
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  13. dalexan242

    dalexan242 Blue Belt

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    My son is 8 and started training judo when he was 4. His training schedule depends on the time of the year. Right now he is doing extra training because its wrestling season and he's also going out with his team to compete in the Kids Pan Ams in February. He's the least serious-minded of the competition kids, but a lot more serious than any of the non-competition kids. Right now his training schedule looks a bit psycho on the face of it (and I have no doubt that I will be judged as a psycho sports dad), but he's also a really social only child who enjoys training and competing in tournaments because that's where all of his best friends are. He has competed a ton, but we have more fun doing the tournaments that are further away because we make it into a mini-vacation, so I've started cutting out a lot of the local tournaments. He views judo as his main sport and he enjoys BJJ and wrestling a lot but he mostly got into them because he wanted to do more than the half-dozen judo tournaments a year.

    He can take off a day by telling us 24 hours in advance. It's his choice what sports he wants to play or if he wants to quit a sport completely. When he has asked for days off he gets bored as @#$% and if he has more than one day off in a row we end up with him going and playing dodgeball at the trampoline park for 2 hours. After his comp team practice he'll run around and play soccer for an hour or longer if we don't drag him out of the gym. He just has a ton of energy and enjoys pretty much every sport-type activity.

    Winter-- Wrestling 3 hours, judo 3 hours, BJJ 5 hours, gymnastics 1 hour (1 wrestling meet per week, maybe one other BJJ/Judo tournament per month)
    Spring/Fall-- Judo 3 hours, BJJ 2.5, Soccer 2 hours, gymnastics 1 hour (1-2 tournaments per month)
    Summer-- BJJ 1 hour, Judo 1 hour, (touch) rugby 2 hours, skateboarding 4 hours, gymnastics 1 hour (no tournaments)
     

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