Also, I've met quite a few Little Tykes in Judo PJ's (kid judokas I meet at Tournaments) who do very well and it's because the parents enroll them in their school's early Wrestling Programs (if they exist) so I also highly recommend Wrestling and Judo.
Originally Posted by kittenbritches
A few points and the answers to your questions:
1.) LARPing is fun. Get your kid on a Judo mat for a couple of classes and it'll be MORE fun. Nothing feels better than tossing someone you KNOW didn't want to be tossed...
2.) My son does not train Judo. We started in Wado Kai Karate, so he learned standup early. He also sparred with moderate contact as a kid, and then was fighting adults by the time we left (he just turned 13). Since we've left, he's developed an interest in Wrestling, which he MUCH prefers to Karate. The wrestling club he's hooked up with is one of the best in the country, and if he's serious, he can win scholarships (he's pretty serious). Having said that, I've had exposure to Judo, and if I were to start him again at age 7 knowing what I know now, he'd start there.
3.) Full resistance is full resistance. Your kid will be doing randori with other kids. Hopefully he'll have some his size/skill level. In tournaments, it's organized by weight class, so he's not going to have to go up against a 200 lbs mutant 12 year old.
4.) Being strong and flexible is good, and you could probably handle Judo yourself just fine. Be prepared to suck for the first little while. If your knees are fine, you will have a distinct advantage over me. When I first started my training in Karate, I was amazed at how much my major muscle groups and joints hurt for the first couple of months. I refused to quit, and got to the point where taking anti-inflammatories after class was a regular thing. After about 4 months, my body got used to the conditioning, and the pain stopped. Even though it hurt, it was the most fun I'd had in decades.
5.) Did I get a lot of flak? No. The club I joined was very active in recruiting the parents to join, so a group of us joined together. We became very close, and today, I would list 7 of them as some of the best friends I've ever had. The new place I'm starting to train at has a lot of younger students, and they treat me with respect.
Originally Posted by pauli
Originally Posted by melvin_peebles