Wojtek has gained so much self confidence from the program as well as ability to control his emotions when facing adversity. You might think Jiu-Jitsu is an individual sport. But surprisingly here they are really a team. They take care of each other. They grow together.
Shane has become significantly tougher both mentally and physically. He's learned how to control his emotions. Shane's always been a child who focuses but this training has really brought out that attribute in him as well as his self confidence.
Since we started 3 years ago I have found Arielle to be so much more confident. She is focused. She is motivated. She carries herself differently. She is so happy and loves the challenge all the time. The self esteem. She loves goals and to move to the next level. It's just amazing. My favorite is Professor Wil's mat chats from his life skill program.
All the benefits that you ever want for you child can mostly be found in martial arts, specifically Jiu-Jitsu. Overcoming adversity, trying something new, overcoming fears, security, being confident. All these things we learn in Jiu-Jitsu. They get excited to come here. You have to trust and believe in the person you put your kids around.
One of the more important things that we have noticed is their ability to recover from a failure or something where they don't get it right the first time. Professor Wil does a great job at the end of the class to weave in a life lesson that they can apply at home and during training. I love the fact that they look forward to coming here.
KJ was born with congenital heart disease and spent the first year and a half of his life in a hospital bed. It was tough socially and for him to interact with people because his primary interaction new people was them sticking him with a needle of something painful. So once the dr said it was safe we wanted to get some outside positive influences in his life and that last year has been life changing.
He's become more confident. More responsible. He's more kind and respectful. He is more focused in school. He hugs us and basically does anything he can so that he can run back and tell the coaches what he did at home to impress them. He does so many things that I did not expect would come with a fighting class. He's becoming a better person.
His self confidence has gone up. Where he used to throw temper tantrums, he has been able to regulate his emotions. Mark is so happy to be here every time he walks through the door. I love that Professor Wil teaches the kids that there are always consequences. I can't even tell you how much we have all enjoyed the class.