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.