I just finished a phone call with a father who I will call Mike. Mike is looking to enroll the younger of his two sons in a martial arts program and called our academy. His older boy is 8 and his youngest is 6. I talked to him and explained how our kids jiu-jitsu classes focus on real-life situations with anti-bully and stranger awareness self-defense. I explained how his son will work with a partner every day, and that we do not believe in teaching predetermined moves done solo where students pretend to fight invisible attackers. I explain this to every parent who calls looking for “kids karate classes” or “tae kwon do kids classes” as many don’t know the difference between the styles of martial arts. A few parents call who have already done their homework, and they are specifically seeking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – most have not researched martial arts yet…so if that’s why you’re reading this article, good for you!