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    Teaching Children

    Alright here it is:

    My coach is heading to Thailand to train early August and has asked me to teach the kids Bjj class, I said of course. It'll be a good experience.


    He has given me a basic syllabus with what he would like me to teach, and I've taught the teens class before and have given help during the adult classes but have never worked with the kids.

    Any pointers, suggestions or help?

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    Be patient.

    Establish your authority without being an ass.

    Be patient.

    Be consistent; Inconsistancy is really bad when you're dealing with kids

    Be patient.

    Make it fun.

    Be patient.

    Enjoy yourself, and share your own enthusiasm for your art.

    Be patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dargentus View Post
    Be patient.

    Establish your authority without being an ass.

    Be patient.

    Be consistent; Inconsistancy is really bad when you're dealing with kids

    Be patient.

    Make it fun.

    Be patient.

    Enjoy yourself, and share your own enthusiasm for your art.

    Be patient.

    Ok so what you're saying is "Lay the smack down and assert authority before they trample you"

    am I getting this?

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    Be structured and firm, but dont get bent out of shape when they all are too giggly to pay attention.

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    Have you WATCHED the kids classes to see how your instructor runs them and what kind of discipline is used to keep the kids on task, etc...?
    Your life will be 10x easier if you know how your instructor runs the class and can pattern your classes the same way. Watch and possibly video tape a few of the kids classes so you can get a good feel for how things are done and it will save you a lot of trouble.

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    I always tell my instructors to have fun with it and don't expect the same results you would with adults. Be happy with the small things. Hell I teach 3 year olds; I'm happy if they know where to line up (Then again sometimes the adults have a hard time with that.)

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    most of my classes were kids under the age of 13. patience patience patience, that's how you get to carnagie hall.

    you can also ask to be the assistant instructor for a couple of classes before you take over.

    the most fun game that anybody ever played at my old judo club was "tackle the big kid". the biggest little ************ in the room gets a head start while 3 little judo bochers try to tackle him rugby style and keep him on the mats. if he made it off the mats in under 30 seconds his attackers had to do pushups, otherwise he was pushing.

    keep conditioning exercises fun. be patient. make games. oh, and talk to the parents on the way out the door.

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    A lot of good advice here ^^^

    Realize that their attention span is about as long as this sentence,
    and be okay with that.

    Learn to laugh with them at the funny things that will happen,
    while maintaining basic discipline and control over instruction.

    Never get (visibly) angry at a child/student. If the problem is
    safety related, take the time to explain proper technique to all.

    And, as has been said. . .patience, patience, patience.

    Good luck!
    `~/

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    Thanks for all the help guys. I think I may have a sit in at a class and take some notes, the class is quite small so it shouldn't be too bad.

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    Sensei John Kreese was a good role model for teaching teenagers. Do that.

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