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    Looking for Dojo Recommendations for Salford Manchester

    A friend of my wife from the UK asked about some good MA schools for kids between the ages of 7 and 9. They were of course recommended TKD and Wing Chun, and:
    Building self esteem and fostering a positive group experience should be the priority for children. They should also be learning personal boundaries and boundary setting using verbal express boundaries. Physical techniques "grappling strking ect" are a bonus. A teacher that encourages competition or bullying in order to get the kids to achieve should be avoided at all costs. Keep a look out for teachers that minimize verbal boundary setting.
    The parent in question is actually looking for effective martial arts and a good club. So, I know some of you here are from the UK and was hoping you could give some recommendations that I can pass along.

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    As a follow up. The woman would ultimately like to find a friendly BJJ club with a decent children's program. So if any of you British peeps have a recommendation for a club in that area please let me know.

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    I don't really know the Manchester area but on the whole Judo is a good bet for all ages. It's been a very popular sport here for decades, it has solid governing bodies and most Dojos/groups have specifically designed kids classes that focus more on the fun side of grappling, the rough and tumble aspect as opposed to the competitive side and actual self defence. This obviously comes later if the kid is keen.

    Whilst Judo isn't part of a school sport like wrestling is in the US, Judo is as close as it will get, quite a few U.K. Schools have after school clubs of some sort.

    TKD and particularly karate have followed suit so they're not bad bets, I just personally prefer Judo as an art in general.

    There was a poster on here a while back called Judoka_UK who'd know he score but I don't know if he's still active.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Tzadok View Post
    A friend of my wife from the UK asked about some good MA schools for kids between the ages of 7 and 9. They were of course recommended TKD and Wing Chun, and:


    The parent in question is actually looking for effective martial arts and a good club. So, I know some of you here are from the UK and was hoping you could give some recommendations that I can pass along.
    Send her this link to help her educate herself on what she should be looking for...

    http://canadiansportforlife.ca/

    I don't know if the UK has anything similar or not, though.
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    UK Judo club finder:

    http://www.britishjudo.org.uk/club-finder/

    I don't think that you can go wrong with Judo for kids. There are TKD/karate clubs out there for kids but the quality can be questionable (avoid GKR karate clubs).

    If karate is your bag then a KUGB would be a good choice, there are certainly some good clubs up there with some excellent instructors.

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