Families That Train Together...

Training a martial art has numerous advantages for the person involved, ranging from mental toughness to improved physical fitness, self-discipline, confidence, respect…the list goes on and on.

Take those benefits and instill them into a family that is experiencing them together and you get a very different and unique dynamic. Families bond through shared experiences, so what happens when those experiences test each other’s limits mentally and physically?

The bond is like iron. The family can share in the hardship and revel in the breakthroughs. They know each other’s weaknesses and strengths; because they have been through the same experiences, they are more apt to support each other instead of breaking each other down. This is something I have experienced on both sides of the coin.


Now that I have a family of my own that trains regularly, I fully understand the bond between the families and the connection I witnessed between families training together all those years prior to my own. As a father, it’s much easier to help my son with something I understand first hand, as opposed to a sport or activity I have never taken part in. This brings us closer in a way I could never describe and allows a platform for us to always talk and play.

Experiences like these are invaluable to me. I can say the same thing about my wife, who has been training jiu jitsu with me now for about five years. Like any other couple, she and I have our squabbles, but when it comes time to train all of those petty issues go out the window. After training we rarely remember what we were concerned about before. Even if we do, we have a certain clarity that only jiu jitsu gives us.

If you’re on the fence about training with your family all I can say is try it out. You will be surprised how much the routine, discipline, and respect start to seep into your home life. 

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