Thread: Martial Art mommies and daddies
5/06/2006 10:48pm, #11
Wait wait wait wait wait...
You're teaching BJJ to 5-6 yearolds? I mean, at least in krotty or even CMA you got doing summersaults, kicks, punches, etc., but... I mean, it seems like advanced or even basic grappling is beyond what little kids could do or understand.
Maybe I'm just not giving the little womb-boogers enough credit.
5/06/2006 11:27pm, #12Originally Posted by kungfujew
For example, a month ago, my instructor came up with a method to explain passing and preventing passing through angles using fingerpuppets, of all things. Just with that simple explanation, the kids went up a level in terms of passing and defending. I make it a point to reinforce the lesson on a regular basis to get it into their long-term memories.
Originally Posted by DAYoung
I haven't really rolled with too many people who started as kids. We've got one phenominal white belt down at St. Kilda at the moment who did some Judo when he was 11, but quit shortly thereafter, and only came back to grappling (BJJ) last year.
Then again, my instructor has a 17/18 year old blue belt who started with him in his early teens who is apparently fantastic, and his own kids who've been rolling since early childhood roll better than many adults I've seen. Leonardo Viera (Leozinho), arguably the world's best competitive BJJer, started training at 6 years old, so there may be something to this.
On the other hand, I've been told that the Gracie family generally start their kids off around 11-12, so there may be something to that too.
5/06/2006 11:38pm, #13
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little ones like that need only gross motor coordination. basic strikes maybe.
they love to tumble around and hit pads.
their attention spans are very short, so you have to change the drill often, maybe six to twelve activities an hour.
and if you dont like kids, you shouldnt be teaching them.
it is easy to emotionally scar a kid.
5/06/2006 11:44pm, #14Originally Posted by IndoChinese"No. Listen to me because I know what I'm talking about here." -- Hannibal
5/06/2006 11:51pm, #15Originally Posted by Garbanzo Bean
5/07/2006 12:13am, #16
WE HAVE A WINNER!!
Back when I started [Cue Sounds of Winter Winds Blowing through the Waste-Land--Ed.] training back when everyone trained on broken glass, I was a kid. This concept of being "forced" to come to a class is "foreign" to my understanding--it is what I wanted to do.
Times change. Someone sweeps the dojo floor--"Hey! Who broke the damned glass and didn't clean up?!!"
Classes need a "Dojo-Enforcer." As a kid, there were older serious kids who would be happy to let you know you were "wasting time" if you fucked around.
I recently spent some time with one of my teachers who has started teaching kids. He is actually quite good at it, but he had me. "Heinrich Himmler" as he affectionately refer'd to me. Saw two kids fucking about--"push ups!" Soon, kids are in line. Workout happens. There is much rejoicing . . . at least from the Child Psychiatry community that will have to pick up the pieces.
Nice to know I will be remembered as "the Bad Man in White!"
Anyways, as I awake from my nasty reverie, my problem with parents is the unreasonable expectation as to what their Little Precious is going to learn. My teacher is quite clear--as are youse guys in your posts above. I must admit my brain reared up when I read "BJJ for Kids!" Man! I see you are teaching what kids need. So long as parents understand that, fine.
I have a friend who does run a successful martial arts day-care. He fills a need. Some of the kinder graduate to more adult programs and stick with it. It can work--he has his "enforcers"--provided that the intent remains trying to teach the children something useful--discipline, concentration, exercise.
--J. "Achtung!" D.
5/07/2006 12:24am, #17
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'Actually, it's not. Kids are more emotionally resilient than most people realize.'
maybe someone can cite us a study...
and kids are alot more sensitive to people's attitudes than most think. they pick up on **** quick. last thing they need is a teacher who doesnt want to be there.
5/07/2006 1:02am, #18Originally Posted by IndoChinese
5/07/2006 1:32am, #19
emotional scarring is a healthy part of growing up when you are a martial artist. helps to breed that psychopathic disregard for life that is neccessary in this day and age.
5/07/2006 8:03am, #20
Originally Posted by IndoChinese
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And we wonder why they go postal when they enter their teens.