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Warriors & Nurturers – Moms who Train Jiu-Jitsu!

Are you a parent looking to use your ‘me-time’ in a fun, constructive way that’ll give back to you and your whole family? Come train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the NJ United mats for a rewarding and pleasantly challenging experience!

I am not a parent. I don’t know what fatherhood is like firsthand, but I regularly teach kids and teens Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu here at NJU. When talking with the parents of our young students, I’ve joked that I do know what parenting is like . . . for the 45-minute class period, of course! So yes, managing classes can be tough, but I acknowledge that parenting is a totally different dimension. New mothers sometimes discover that all of their time has been monopolized by motherhood, which is arguably just as hard to learn as a martial art! That’s why mothers and fathers involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu should check out this short article which highlights the balance and overall fulfillment achieved by moms who train The Gentle Art.

This article expresses something unfortunate that I’ve seen in some mothers who train jiu-jitsu: “mom-guilt”. Basically, mom-guilt is the guilt that moms can feel when they carve-out time for themselves. But for the sake of mental health and balance, having some ‘me-time’ is crucial for parents. Unfortunately, some moms will fill that me-time with watching TV, eating, or doing things that don’t grow them as the individuals they are. After all, life certainly does not end at parenthood, and training jiu-jitsu is the healthy mental and physical outlet that many busy parents have chosen to nurture their own lives. Moreover, many of these parents have children who train a martial art (and some of these parents currently train jiu-jitsu due to the fascinating of watching their own children training and learning technique!). In karate circles, there’s a corny-but-true witticism: ‘The family that kicks together, sticks together!’ I’m hesitant to come up with the BJJ-equivalent of this, but I will admit that it’s absolutely true.

It takes a lot to be a mother, and a lot more to be a mother who takes the time to bring her children to jiu-jitsu class! Why not reward yourself by trying out the martial art that has given joy and confidence to kids?

Motherhood is serious business – so serious that it can dominate every waking moment of your life. But encouragingly enough, the writer notes that “moms who take that time for themselves end up much less stressed and ultimately interact with their kids in a much more productive manner. The added stress relief that specifically comes from physically challenging ourselves in a martial art is just a bonus that most non-training moms don’t realize yet.”

So if you’re a ‘martial arts mom’ or a ‘martial arts dad’ who has yet to train what your son or daughter trains, consider getting on the mat and giving it a go! Here at NJU, our instructors and students have the utmost respect for the time you give to your children and their training. We’ll be happy to show you around the world of jiu-jitsu so that it can give back to you in the best of ways!

Come train at NJ United Mixed Martial Arts and take advantage of our 7-day free trial offer! Whether you’re an aspiring competitor or casual student, you will benefit from training in our friendly, professional, and ego-free environment. Call us at 973-638-1570 to schedule your first class, and visit us on the web at for more info.

JJ Mike

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