The September Word of the Month at Stoic BJJ is KINDNESS.
Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate – just being a good person overall. Kindness in jiu-jitsu is vital from the very first day, for all ages. During our Stoic BJJ kids classes, our coaches believe that by teaching kids at a young age to be kind, we prevent them from becoming bullies later on in life.
We make sure to teach our students to be good partners, to help each other when they are struggling, and even to share that compassion by cheering for their friends and teammates during rolls or competitions. Being kind easily translates into helping our students make more friends, learn empathy and be conscientious of how to be a good person off the mats as well.
This is not lost within our adult program either. Even our adults need to be kind to one
another, encouraging teammates when they are down and being friendly to make everyone
feel welcome. When new students join a class for the first time, they likely won’t remember
what exactly the coach taught that day; they will remember who they met, how they were
treated, and what kind of environment they walked into.
Simple acts of kindness could be the factor that determines whether someone signs up for a membership at all. Being kind in and out of jiu-jitsu can come in any number of ways. It is important to build each other up and make everyone feel welcome and safe to train in this sport.
One of the great things about jiu-jitsu is that kindness and compassion are often built into the very fabric of the sport. After all, we’re not trying to hurt each other – we’re trying to help each other grow and become better people both on and off the mats.