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Why are you paying so much for your kid to train jiu jitsu?

One of my friends asked "Why would you pay so much money for your kid to train jiu jitsu”? Well I have a confession to make; I don't INVEST the money for my kid to train.

So, if I am not paying for him/her to just train jiu jitsu, what am I paying for?
- I pay for those moments when my son/daughter becomes so tired he wants to quit but doesn't.
- I pay for those days when my son/daughter comes home from school and is "too tired or too sore" to go to practice but goes anyway.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to be disciplined, focused, and dedicated.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to take care of his/her body and his equipment.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to work with others and to be a good team mate, gracious in defeat, and humble in success.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to deal with disappointment, when he/she doesn't get that win he'd/she'd hoped for, but he goes back week after week giving it his/her best shot.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my son/daughter to respect, not only him/herself, but other teammates, referees and coaches.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years, of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight on and off the mats.
- I pay for my son/daughter to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.
- I pay for the opportunity my son/daughter has and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.
- I pay so that my son/daughter can be out on the mat instead of in front of a screen...
...I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for the techniques; I pay for the opportunities that jiu jitsu provides my kid to develop attributes that will serve him/her well throughout his/her life and give the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment! (Borrowed and Adapted)

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