My daughter was 5 when I tried to get her started in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). We would sit on the side line and watch. Well, I would watch. She wasn’t to interested. I thought that after a while she might warm up to the other kids and join in. After paying for 2 months of class and sitting on the side lines I decided this wasn’t working. I gave up for a while. Time passed and my daughter was ready to start kindergarten. She loves school but has run into one of the usual troubles all little girls have to face, pesky boys. I tried to explain to her that the boys rough behavior is their attempts to let her know they like her. Of course my daughter was not convinced of that and wanted them to leave her along. She complained that they could grab her arm or wrist and try to drag her away from her friends. Suddenly the light came on and I saw my chance to introduce her to Jiu Jitsu. We sat down together and I demonstrated the Single-Handed Wrist Grab and Two-Handed Wrist Grab. They were easy to practice with her. She was over come with delight when I explained to her how she should use them the next time one of the boys grabbed her to break their grip. I also explained that she would not get in any trouble for using this to defend herself from their unwanted affections (which she still doesn’t believe is the case. Icky-poo boys, who would like them. Lets keep it that ways for a while anyway).
I applied Jiu Jitsu to a specific need she had. Now she sees Jiu Jitsu in a whole new light. I will continue to look for ways to sneak in techniques and training. Given some more time we will try the kids class again. If it takes this time, not only will she like it, she should have a head start on it.
I recommend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Theory and Technique by Renzo and Royler Gracie. It has the wrist grabs and other basic techniques you can show your your future little champ.