Morné Swanepoel's
Benefits for your child training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
1. Boosting Social Skills
     Kids who don't always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to
     get to know people and make new friends when they are in a room filled with
     peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not
     always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to
     get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven training
     methods foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills

2. Encouraging Physical Activity
      The percentage of overweight children worldwide is growing at an alarming 
      rate. The problem of childhood obesity in South Africa is epidemic proportions
      with an estimated 1 in 4 South African children being either overweight or
      obese.  This is mainly due to poor diet and lack of exercise. Most kids are
      spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, video
      games and cell phones. Our classes are fun and informative. When kids enjoy
      an activity, they want to do more of it. We enforce a PRAISE - CORRECT -
      PRAISE philosophy where each child's efforts are noticed and praised and if
      need be corrected.

3.  Increased Self Esteem
      Confidence comes with achievement, so your child's self esteem level will get a
      boost with every new move he/she masters and as their bodies get fitter and
4. Instilling a Sense of Respect
      Learning MMA will require your child to show his/her coaches unflinching
      respect. Today's kid culture doesn't always include respect for authority, adults
      or those in advanced positions. When your child comes to our Kids MMA classes
      he/she will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.

5.  Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
      Thinking that Martial Arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if
      your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. Our
      training will emphasize the importance of avoiding physical altercation.

6.  Improving Listening Skills
      In order to master the skills and advance with training, your child will have to
      exercise superior listening skills and will be encouraged to do so.

7.  Developing Teamwork Skills
      There are few things that your child will be doing on his own in class. Most of
       the training he/she will be partnered up which will in return teach the
       importance of teamwork, an important life lesson.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail
8. Improvements in Other Areas of Life
      The benefits of MMA training doesn't end in the gym. The boost in confidence,
      increased fitness level and new discipline skills will also help your child
      navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect their behavior at
      home and have an all round good influence on them as they develop into an

9.  Encourages a healthy lifestyle
      MMA can also teach children to live a healthy, active lifestyle and will give them
      the skills necessary to maintain that lifestyle. Getting into good eating and
      exercising habits at a young age can greatly reduce your child's risk of obesity
      and diabetes.
It's not how good you are. It's how good you want to be!
10. Happier and Healthier
        When kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need 
        them to do. Why? Because regular exercise provides strong muscles and
        bones. Excellent method to control weight and therefore decreasing the risk
        of developing type 2 diabetes. It will improve sleeping patterns and
        encourage a better outlook on life. Healthy, physically active kids are more
        likely to be academically motivated, alert and successful.

11. Its safer than Gymnastics       
        In gymnastics, children are often paralyzed from severe injuries sustained
        while training in various floor exercises. In contrast, I have not heard of a
        single child worldwide who has been paralyzed by training in martial arts (I'm
        sure there may have been some, but I'm confident they are nowhere near as
        frequent as serious injuries sustained in gymnastics). Sure, there have been
        injuries to elbows, knees, wrists, ankles and shoulders. But these heal. Active
        children will always suffer injuries from time to time, regardless of what sport
        they play: Football, rugby, baseball, athletics even cricket. You want to keep 
        your child completely safe? Teach 'em ping pong, and hope they don't get
        smacked in the eye by that little plastic ball. The health benefits of being
        involved in sports greatly outweigh the risk of harm from injury. Mixed Martial
is no more dangerous than many other sports, and is in fact less
        dangerous than gymnastics
The secret of getting ahead is getting started
12. Confidence Boost
        MMA training is unlike other martial arts. First and foremost, training will
        take place in an athletic and challenging environment. Training will be both
        competitive and realistic. Students will be placed in close contact with
        other students. Most of the time, they learn not to be afraid or intimidated by
        physical contact. When coupled with MMA’s effective techniques, inner
        confidence can be fostered—the kind of confidence a child would need to walk
        away from a bully.

13. Physical development and fitness
        Starting sports at a young age is a great way to make physical fitness a
        priority in a child’s life. Since MMA focuses on multiple disciplines, children will
        receive a balanced physical education. A class might include tumbling, kicking,
        takedowns, and grappling. Physical attributes such as coordination, balance,
        speed, and agility will  be worked on in every class.

14. Personal Development
        Classes will build on the core principles that the children are learning in school,
        such as paying attention, speaking in turn, social skills, discipline, and respect
        for yourself and those around you. Since MMA is a sport, children will learn
        the value of hard work and the principles of sportsmanship. In addition, sports
        are a great way for children to express themselves emotionally,
        independently, and creatively.
If you can dream it, you can do it!
15. All kids are treated as winners
        From birth kids have the constant pressure of competitions and winning. In    
        our Kids MMA classes all our kids are praised and trained as winners. There is
        no second place. The training teaches the student that it is not always about
        winning or losing, but about their own progression and achieving personal

16. Practical Self Defense
        Our classes will expose your child to KickBoxing, Judo and wrestling/grappling.
        Because of its real-world effectiveness and applications, the child is not only
        learning positive aspects that come from training a martial art, but they are
        learning a true form of realistic self-defense that will stick with them for the
        rest of their lives.