Self Defence.... for kids??

Theresa - posted on 01/29/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I live in the UK, so I don't know whether you have heard or followed the papers here. Basically there is a story revolving around two young boys - I believe they were 10 and 11 who tortured and beat two other little boys (I think they were 9 and10) almost to death. This sadly isn't the first instance of this happening in the UK. Now where I live the parents are making a push to try and get self defence classes for kids.

This isn't a debate as such, just wanted some opinions from very opinionated ladies :D In a time where we not only have to protect our kids from adults, now apparently we need to protect them from damaged kids, do you think Self Defence classes should be considered?

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ME - posted on 02/01/2010

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I have a green belt in Kung Fu, and believe that martial arts are some of the best programs available for young kids...I will be including some form of them in what I offer to my children as extra-curriculars...

Shannon Cassidy- - posted on 02/01/2010

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I would love to get both my little boys in self defense classes, but its so exspensive I took Tae Kwon Do fo many years and loved it. I had them in a Self Defense class in my City but it seemed like all he cared about was money truely not teaching the children. Example--- We were suppose to move (fell through) so we were going to pull them out to get money up and we told him that we were moving and we were going to stop the classes he was going to charge us for the rest of that month also the following month. Why pay if we are not going to send them.



Anyways I am hoping and Praying that I could get them back into some kind of Selfdefence course just so I could have a peace of mind that if it came to it they would beable to take care of themselves.

Isobel - posted on 01/29/2010

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well...my son is in tae kwon do...and I did have to punish him for kicking his sister in the head...(I was a little perplexed though...do I punish him for kicking his sister in the head...or do I praise him for perfecting the push kick? LOL (just joking)

Jessica - posted on 01/29/2010

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I totally think self Defense classes would be a good idea! My little nefew is 9, and his a tough kid but doesn't pick on people. Last week 3 Grade 8 boys decided to pick on my nefews buddy and my nefew told his buddy to run. He stood up to these boys and ended up coming home with a split lip and a fear to go back to school :( I think just the confidence of knowing you can defend yourself would help kids alot, plus those classes teach not to abuse what they learn. I think it's great :)

Michelle - posted on 01/29/2010

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I don't see any reason why not! In self defense classes you not only learn how to protect yourself, but also to not use those techniques as a weapon. It's a great idea, you learn self defense, self control, and discipline.

Nikki - posted on 01/29/2010

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When I was younger our school offered self defense classes, Im not sure how old I was but I was in elementary school. I think It's an amazing idea, children need to learn to protect themselves!!!

JL - posted on 01/29/2010

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My daughter who is 6 took a 2 hour self defense course at a Tae Kwon Do School through a Girl Scouts empower girls program. I think it is a good idea to at least teach children basic moves to protect themselves and give them time to get away in case they are physically bullied or approached by a child molester.

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I think it's a good idea. My hubby is a black belt in Karate, has been since he was a teenager. He taught me some self defense and, like Krista said, it's good for self esteem and confidence. I plan on enrolling my son when he's old enough, I was thinking around age 5.

Amie - posted on 01/29/2010

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I don't see why not. It's a valuable tool for all the reason Krista mentioned, something they can use when they're older as well. My kids just enrolled in Tae Kwon Do this year, that's along the same kind of thinking.

Krista - posted on 01/29/2010

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I think self-defense classes for kids are a wonderful idea. With a responsible instructor, the kids learn how to be more confident and assertive, they gain self-esteem, they often learn how to resolve conflicts WITHOUT resorting to violence, and they get a lot of great exercise. Plus they learn how to set goals for themselves.

Jeez...I've just completely convinced myself. I hadn't even thought of self-defense classes for Sam prior to reading this post, and now I'm determined to find one for when he's old enough.

Sara - posted on 01/29/2010

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Sure, why not? I think it would be helpful to a child to know how to defend themselves. I study Tae Kwon Do and plan on starting my daughter in it when she is old enough.

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