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  1. Aodhan is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/18/2005 4:40pm


     Style: ATA TKD, Hapkido

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    We have students from 4-6 years old (Tiny Tigers), and it is basically a glorified activity class. If I'm teaching a front punch, and they manage to wave a fist in front of them on command, I'm generally pretty happy with that. At least at our school, we will promote in half ranks (white to orange white, orange/white to orange, etc), and they must know the basic kicks/stances and half their current form.

    We also do teach basic weapons (nunchaku, single escrima), with foam padded weapons. Again, not looking for strict form, but more along the lines of ability to wave it around without doing serious injury to themselves or their neighbor. (Wish a few of our adults could learn that...sigh).

    At that age, there may be one or two precocious kiddies that can go further, but for the vast majority it is simply something fun to do with a martial arts theme to it. I don't expect cognitive processing and progression until somewhere around 7-8 years old.

    Aodhan
  2. Reboot is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/18/2005 6:30pm


     Style: Five Animal Kenpo

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    The "fighting back may cause the attacker to decide that it isn't worth it and kill the child" part I've never heard of.
  3. FMA_Brian is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/18/2005 7:27pm


     Style: Filipino Martial Arts

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    Best piece of SD advice for kids

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce W Sims
    Dear Sweats:

    "....However, in my opinion, there is no way that a child would be able to physically break away from a determined adult. ...."

    Do you remember the news item (this is going back a bit) about alittle girl who was abducted but managed to effectively fight her way free simply because she never stopped screaming and kicking. This is just a side note that you tickled in my head but I wonder if a timed drill to see how long a kid can go non-stop screaming and carrying-on might be a thought.

    Not exactly on topic.... it just sorta came to me. Thoughts? Comments?

    Best Wishes,

    Bruce
    I don't remember where I heard this but it's the best piece of advice I give concerned parents who happne to ask me during the most recent Amber Alert (when they need something to calm their nerves) Teach your child to not go with starngers and if abducted yell "I do not know this person!" to anyone, everyone and let them know it isn't a game. Everytime I flip past court tv or something liek that and I follow a child abduction the abductor always placate the child while in public (candy, game, lost pet etc etc.) Verbal defense and knowledge of self worth and boundaries is always a good start to any SD. But now I'm kinda hijacking the thread, sorry.

    -Brian
  4. Bruce W Sims is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/19/2005 6:47am


     Style: Yon Mu Kwan Hapkido

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    Dear Brian:

    I am not so sure that you are hijacking the thread.

    If you think about it for a minute, aren't we MA teachers suppose to be working to enhance or maybe just reat to the stengthes of a student? In Hapkido I teach the same techniques to all students but different students gravitate towards different techniques as their favorites ("bread-&-butter" techniques), yes?

    If I was dealing with kids I wonder if instead of teaching them to strike with hands (fists) maybe its better to teach them to grab and pull (IE. hair, face). Anyone who has had a small infant latch on to their finger knows that there is quite a bit of strength in those reflex-driven grasps. Maybe instead of trying to teach something sophisticated such as a side-kick the focus needs to be on "non-compliance" such as dragging ones' feet, digging in ones heels or going limp. (How about a drill where the partners try to pull their counterparts across the dochang floor and points are awarded for the SLOWEST progress, yes? ).

    But where I was going with this is your thought about using the voice.

    Anyone who has had children knows that a childs' cry is the technique of choice for expressing disapproval or unhappiness. If that is their "strength" maybe we need to be working with that, yes?

    Best Wishes,

    Bruce
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    Posted On:
    7/19/2005 9:41am


     Style: isshinryu googlefu

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    Teach your kids to curse.

    " ...This aint my motherfuckin' daddy...", "Hey I don't don't think thats that boy's motherfuckin' daddy" - D.L. Hughley

    ez
    Last edited by ///ez-prey; 7/19/2005 9:43am at .
  6. rharbers is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/19/2005 9:49am

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     Style: Kenjutsu

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    Quote Originally Posted by ///ez-prey
    Teach your kids to curse.

    " ...This aint my motherfuckin' daddy...", "Hey I don't don't think thats that boy's motherfuckin' daddy" - D.L. Hughley

    ez

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    True civilization lies in the dominance of self and not in the dominance of other men.

    Luther Standing Bear
  7. Bruce W Sims is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/19/2005 11:14am


     Style: Yon Mu Kwan Hapkido

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    Quote Originally Posted by ///ez-prey
    Teach your kids to curse.

    " ...This aint my motherfuckin' daddy...", "Hey I don't don't think thats that boy's motherfuckin' daddy" - D.L. Hughley

    ez
    Hey, for some of the kids "I" seen this wouldn't be a huge step!! :new_smile

    Best Wishes,

    Bruce
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