The Positive Effects of Martial Arts for a Child in School | Gracie Bradenton
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for Gracie Bradenton to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
KC Clipp

Took my son tonight. He's hooked. He loved it and is already talking about how many days he can go next week.

Adam Johnson reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

Great instructors and practical advice for all ages, genders and sizes. Take the time to learn a life skill that will make you a better person and increase your self confidence.

Joe Lombardo reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

I was asked why I travel 30 minutes to Gracie Bradenton when there are closer locations to me? There are a few reasons.
I spent some time doing research on different schools. For starters Sonny Parlin. Outside of the fact he is the real deal and has great lineage. He took the time to reach out and invite me to try out his training. On my first time walking in Sonny and his instructors were welcoming and very knowledgeable. The students that attend are also very much a family and help you when you have any questions. This is a long investment of time and commitment so I wanted a place that I would feel at home. I found that at Gracie Bradenton.

Jeff Blair

My son Ben has been training at Gracie Bradenton for almost 4 years and it has been an amazing experience for him. Great instructors lead high energy, but disciplined and safe classes and Kyle Koziel has been a great coach for my son's freshman high school wrestling season.

Natalia Biasca-Shepler reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

For being a woman 115 lbs , all the guys train with me and have amazing rounds , thank you so much for a great friendly place make my day awesome

Maria Beatriz Zamora-Levesque reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

Great facility ran by one of the coolest dudes around. Sonny is always down to help everyone with not just technique but also with strategy (and the occasional joke). Make sure to follow their social media, as they bring some of the biggest names in the BJJ world to teach seminars in this location. If you are passionate about BJJ and would like to further your knowledge, you must check them out.

Paul Gaetano reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

Just had a private lesson with Sonny. Been training on East Coast of Fl. for the last 6 months.
Here for 2 weeks and I wanted to get some BJJ time in so took a lessons from Sonny. Was a little aprehensive walking into a new place. After a brief meet and greet Sonny made me feel at home. All I can say is I learned so much in 1 hour that I was amazed! Im only a beginner, so just learning a few things to add to my game makes me feel more comfortable and confident. Small improvements in my BJJ means a lot to me! If your not comfortable you will loose interest. Every time you can add just one thing to your game you will be wanting to come back for more. If your a 60 year old beginner like me or just a beginner, don't hesitate to go to Sonny's Gracie BJJ!! BJJ will change your life! He's AWESOME!

Greg Besaw reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

Awesome experience! I trained at the gym while on vacation. Sonny and his students where all great. Very inviting, didn't feel like an outsider at all. Had a great time rolling with very skilled grapplers. Looking forward to visiting again.

Thomas Scully reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

Sonny is very knowledgeable and makes learning BJJ fun and easy with his great attitude. His concerns are solely on your improvement and safety. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in BJJ.

Joe Mcbride reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

great place to train, excellent mat space. the instructor, Sonny Parlin is a wealth of knowledge and a high level active competitor. the student base is amazing, great guys, girls and teens to roll with. Sonny also brings in black belts from the area and out of town to teach specialty classes as well as seminars. would highly recommend anyone to check out Gracie Bradenton.

Brett Ducharme reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

Awesome place to train! Great structure and attitude from staff and students. I moved here a few months ago and am lucky to have found this gym. High level. Porra.

Stephen Holland reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

This school has some really great things going for it:
- A welcoming environment.
- A large diverse group of students so that you have good training partners whether you are the new guy or an advanced student.
- Lots of mat space so you aren't constantly worried about getting elbowed or kicked in the head by others when rolling.
- Both daytime and nighttime classes to meet your schedule.
- They also offer wrestling classes which is huge for putting you in a dominate position in a competition or a real fight.
- They offer seminars where they bring in some of the best competitors in the country.
- Most importantly, the instructors still compete and love what they do. They are invested in their students and don't just complacently stand around waiting for the time to pass.

If you are looking for a place to train then Gracie Bradenton is a great place to be

Aaron Sprague reviewed Gracie Bradenton
5
via Facebook

I stopped by to train here while on vacation in Florida and was welcomed by Sonny and his students. Sonny is a great instructor and even took time after class to troubleshoot techniques with me. I also appreciate a school that trains every submission (neck cranks, heel hooks, etc) as you have to know these techniques, and defenses, in the current Jiu Jistu landscape. Everyone I rolled with trained hard but safe. I will definitely be back to train at this academy!

Request Information
Call us today!
Bradenton Martial Arts and Self-Defense for All Ages!
Request Information

Blog

Our latest news & thoughts

The Positive Effects of Martial Arts for a Child in School

Grade school can be quite an experience for any child. It’s a place where a child not
only learns academically but one where kids must learn to socialize and function in
the world. Unfortunately, there are a lot of negative experiences that a child may
have when going through school. Whatever those experiences may be, it would be a
good idea to have a child participate in martial arts classes. Doing so will give them
the tools they need to survive the school experience. The benefits associated with
taking martial arts classes are essential for them to be able to have a positive
experience in school.

Helps them earn better grades in school

Getting good grades is reflective of a child’s comprehension of the material. But, it’s
also indicative of their discipline and responsibility traits. Through martial arts,
students learn to become disciplined with practice, learn how to be punctual and focus their daily thoughts on the tasks at hand. Thus, being able to exhibit these positive traits will translate to better grades as schooling requires the proficiency of these characteristics.

Gives them the confidence to stand up to bullies

Bullying is a very prominent and unfortunate experience that many children will
either witness or become victims of in their lifetimes. Being a part of martial arts can
give children the strength and confidence that they need to stand up to these
negative individuals. Not only will they learn about self-defense strategies, they will
be able to feel assertive and courageous. Possessing self-confidence is the number
one way for a child to be able to stand up for themselves or others in any threatening
situation. Through martial arts, they will learn that not all conflicts have to be
physical. They will possess the mature mindset to tackle any conflict with assurance
and pride.

Gives them the ability to make friends

Having friends and keeping them can be the big difference between a positive and
negative school experience for children. They will latch onto people who share
common interests with them and feel devastated when those relationships disappear.
However, for children who regularly practice martial arts, they have a different
capacity to make and keep friends in their circle. Besides making friends in the
martial arts classes themselves, children are able to easily socialize and collaborate
with other students at school. They instill a lot of the same discipline and traits they
learn from martial arts in their everyday lives. For instance, they may be first to
initiate a conversation with quiet students because they feel confident in themselves
to do so.

Being a part of something special such as martial arts can be greatly impactful for
children. Especially when it comes to school, children can gain invaluable skills and
behaviors that will allow them to have more successful experiences in social settings.
Although school is meant to teach them about a variety of things, having martial arts
as a supplement can significantly affect the way they approach schooling and their
overall experiences.

Want to learn more about the benefits of martial arts for children? Explore our kids martial arts page where you can request more information or schedule a free trial.