Why every parent should enroll their children to kids’ fitness

Living in the electronic age, we are bombarded with a myriad of electronic devices
and the children nowadays instead of playing some outdoor sport, have become
hooked to their beloved gaming consoles. According to the survey conducted by the
Center for Disease Control, it has been observed that there has been an alarming rise
of obesity among children from 7 to 18 percent during the time period of 1980 to
2012. This is a crucially important issue that needs to be addressed in pursuance of
preventing children from suffering from such illnesses.
One of the ways that have become famous among umpteen parents to address this
problem at hand is the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Arguably being one of the most popular
forms of martial art in the world, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu not only teaches a plethora of
combat styles to your kids but so a fun activity that kids have started falling in love
with. Fulfilling two motives with one goal, this form of martial art makes your kids
leave their gaming consoles behind and step out of their house as well as teaches
them the essential art of self-defense, thus making them stronger and healthier.
ATT Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton for kids focuses on the strengthening the core
fundamentals of this form of martial art that encompasses everything from goal-
setting, to self-discipline to self-respect. The kids’ fitness programs at ATT Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton are an innovative program that is designed to develop your children physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually so that your little ones gain confidence and self-esteem for all their future endeavors.

For any questions, contact us at (754)367-0797.

Kids can learn valuable skills to overcome bullying at American Top Team Deerfield Beach.

American Top Team Deerfield Beach / Boca Raton want your children to benefit from the valuable lessons kids martial arts have taught us in regards to bullying.

Our view is that although bullying kids has received more media attention in recent years due to the rise in cyber-bullying, bullying through social media, viral videos etcetera, it is not a new phenomenon. Of course we share the same view as most of you: that bullying kids is awful and should be eliminated; however, we don’t believe that is a realistic goal and instead of focusing on the bullies themselves, we prefer to focus on what we can do to strengthen potential bullying victims through kids martial arts.

What do we mean by strengthening potential victims? Obviously, knowing how to defend themselves through training kids martial arts makes your child a less likely victim, not only because they become a less appealing target, but also because your child will carry themselves with a newfound self-confidence that bullies can pick up on. That being said, we believe the true strength your child will gain is not physical, it is mental.

Many of us have encountered bullying mentalities well into adulthood; this is not just a schoolyard issue. They may come in the form of abusive bosses or authority figures that misuse their position of authority. After all, not all bullying is physical. This is where becoming mentally strong becomes a valuable life tool and one of the main benefits your child will gain through training kids martial arts.

Training Can Improve Confidence

In training Brazilian jiu jitsu, your child will gain confidence through their new acquisition of skills and physical prowess, but will also learn the lesson that it’s ok to lose, learn from your mistakes and get back on the proverbial horse. Through jiu jitsu, your child will constantly have their ego checked and as a result, they will develop thicker skin.

Often the best friends your child will make through jiu jitsu are their best training partners and the ones that challenge them the most in sparring; sometimes they win, sometimes they lose, but after each sparring session they shake hands, say good job and leave unaffected.

Children that have been overly coddled and protected become particularly vulnerable to the effects of bullying because they haven’t developed the tools to deal with this type of adversity. So, while training kids martial arts will make your child a less likely victim, it will also make your child less susceptible to the lasting mental effects of being bullied. This is why even training martial arts for a couple of years will give your child valuable coping skills that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

So, this is something we can do for your child to make them a less likely bullying victim, but there’s also much you can do at home. We recommend talking to your child every day about what they’ve experienced at school and if they tell you they’re being picked on, called names etcetera, explaining to them that often this has nothing to do with them personally; it’s a problem with the bully.

It’s usually a result of that child being bullied themself, sometimes by an older sibling or family member. Viewing the bully as a victim themselves, worthy of empathy will help your child not take their actions personally and be as affected by them. So, combating bullying is a team effort and we hope to see you and your child on the mats!

For any questions, contact us at (754)367-0797.

Karate Isn’t Your Child’s Only Option! Learn the Different Types of Martial Arts at ATT Deerfield Beach.

What are the differences between the various types of martial arts? What exactly am I enrolling my child to do?

We’ve been receiving a lot of calls from parents who would like to enroll their children in a martial arts program, but they do not know the differences between the types of martial arts. If you are a parent searching for karate classes in Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton, it is important to know there are many more options! Here at American Top Team, many parents call and enroll their children thinking they will be taking typical karate classes for kids, when their child will be learning a different type of martial arts entirely. In this article, we will try to explain the differences as well as what we teach our children here at the gym.

Different types of Martial Arts:


Judo was created in 1882 by the physical education professor Jigoro Kano in Japan. It is a Martial Art created for self-defense, developing the body, soul and mind. Its technique uses basically the strength and weight of the opponent. In a simple way, the creator of Judo discovered that any person can throw another without using a lot of strength.


Jiu Jitsu is similar to Judo, except it takes place “on the ground” instead of standing. It is a lot like grappling combined with submission moves. Also like Judo, it was created in Japan. But it was refined in Brazil, where it evolved into the martial art it is today. There is no use of weapons in its practice. This type of fighting style is considered the basis for modern combat sports.


It is a Martial Art developed at Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa, in Japan. It alternates punches, kicks, knee, elbow and open hand techniques.


It is classified as an American free style fight, which fighters compete without weapons. Wrestling is a type of sport where one competitor tries to defeat the opponent without attacking him with any type of weapon.

 What to Expect with Jiu-Jitsu at American Top Team Rafael Rebello

Judo, Wrestling and Karate techniques are used in the Jiu-Jitsu class at American Top Team Deerfield Beach so your child may learn some of them. Master Rafael Rebello started his career in Martial Arts with Jiu-Jitsu. Today, he teaches the basic techniques of Jiu Jitsu, which are essential for showing kids the proper, technical way to “fall.” He also uses karate techniques as an important mental conditioning for the children, helping to control their impulses, while teaching respect and discipline.

On Wednesday the classes are “Kimono-free,” so the children can practice wrestling and learn falling techniques, which are important to improve their jiu-jitsu. Our Jiu-Jitsu program offers other martial arts’ techniques to improve our future champions’ learning process. The classes are divided by age and level (belts). At American Top Team Deerfield Beach, we follow the Jiu-Jitsu Federation standards.

We hope that this has been helpful and enlightening. Our purpose in teaching martial arts to kids is so that they may become complete human beings and learn principles that will serve them well into their adult lives. If you are interested in starting your child in martial arts classes, sign up for a week of free classes to see what it’s all about!

For any questions, contact us at (754)367-0797.