Letter to Parents


Dear Parents of West Seattle,

It’s that time of year – summer is over, school has begun, and you’re looking for an after-school activity for your very active kiddos. I invite you to check out the programs offered at Elite Brazilian Jiu-jitsu of Seattle, a martial arts and fitness facility offering classes and programs to the community of West Seattle.

At Elite BJJ, we want the same thing all parents want, setting up our kids for success. We firmly believe that coaches are also a part of your child’s support system, and are completely invested in his or her growth and development. We look at behavior both on and off the Jiu-jitsu mats. Through our focus on life skills, we want to see increased confidence and determination, initiative and perseverance. Your child will learn that sometimes you have to lose in order succeed, which is the perfect metaphor for life. Your child will learn that they can’t just give up when things get hard. They have to get back up and do it again. The fear of failure is one of the biggest reasons why people don’t pursue their dreams. Your child will learn how to set a goal, and work towards achieving it – the reward of long-term commitment.

Each child’s goals will be uniquely tailored to their needs, and our program covers it all. Maybe you’re looking for one of the following:

  • Fitness – coordination, strength building, agility, flexibility
  • Self-defense – handling bullies and stranger danger
  • Discipline – respect, boundaries, focus, determination
  • Hobby – find a fun activity and build useful skills
  • Competition – unlock the inner athlete and face the mental challenge of a tournament

Our program is designed for children to achieve these goals, by learning through play and instruction. Humans are designed to move – to jump, run, roll, play, climb; our ultimate goal is to unlock the inner athlete in each kid while building their confidence.

Parents, I’m writing to you personally. As a kid, I played soccer and loved it, but it was seasonal and just an activity to fill time. When I was 9, my mom started both my sister and I in Tae Kwon Do for self-defense purposes. Despite my initial apprehension (I was that awkward bookworm who wanted to hide under my covers and read all day), I stuck with it. It’s been 19 years and I haven’t stopped training martial arts, adding Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the mix 7 years ago. For the past 14 years, I’ve loved coaching youth martial arts. It is a passion of mine, and I love what I do. For me, my number one goal is to help people, especially kids, work to be the best versions of themselves. I’m writing this because I believe in what I do. We don’t have a sales pitch. We don’t have contracts. We invite you to schedule a free private lesson to learn more about what we do, and to see if we are a good fit for your family.

See you on the mats!

Sonia Sillan


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