Children between the ages of 5-8 years old should enjoy their physical activities. The more fun they have the more they learn. Learning everyday skills like crossing roads and home safety are very important. Self defence falls in this category. We believe it's an essential life skill that must be nurtured from a young age. It's not about serious training, but learning what's important through play.
If you are looking for a martial to reinforce discipline into children then you've come to the wrong place. This may not have been what you expected but consider the following scenario... child "A" is very well behaved and child "B" is very cheeky and challenging. If they were both approached by a stranger and instructed to get into a car, which child is most likely conform? In most cases it would be child "A" because they have been brought up to obey instructions. The same child would more likely be the target for bullies in secondary school.
When it comes to self defence for children it's important to understand where traditional martial arts fit into the equation. Most of them carry a big emphasis on courtesy and conformity which flies in the face of self defence principles. We believe children should be helped to come out of their shell and grow in confidence. In fact we want them to be a little mischievous and have that twinkle in their eyes, they are children after all. This will help them think independently and project their confidence externally... making them less of a victim to bullies or a target for predators.
What we do?
Build self confidence
Encourage children to come out of their shells and grow.
Help children become more aware of their surroundings and differentiate between safety and danger.
Identify stranger danger
Understand who is a stranger and who isn’t; who is dangerous and who isn’t.
Teach through play
After all they are children. They should have fun and learn without being pressured nor alarmed.
Develop essential life skills
We don’t believe it’s optional when it comes to considering self defence as a life skill.
Words from one of our parents...
Prior to taking up with Krav Maga my kids were the conventional, shy, conservative and reserved duo that would be easily intimidated or overwhelmed by aggressive situations and large groups of people.
Over 2 years into our journey and they now literally bound into training, ready to mix it with the bigger kids! This newfound confidence is not reserved to just Krav but serves to support them at school and in everyday life. More importantly their situational awareness radar is everyday and they have real confidence in their ability. Recently en-route into training and without warning Haitham grabbed my son in a bear hug and asked him what could he do to escape. Instinctively he twisted Haitham’s fingers back whilst simultaneously simulating the intent to bite. A proud dad, if a little worried that my son had damaged poor Haitham!
Haitham and his team are truly adept at covering the Krav Maga syllabus by relying on intelligent subliminal delivery. Importantly the kids have fun whilst absorbing techniques that will ultimately, in time become the norm. I marvel from the side-lines as the instructors cleverly develop the session ensuring that they always culminate in a particular technique being mastered by the close of the lesson.
I sleep soundly at night as a parent knowing that your child has the awareness, confidence and capability to keep themselves safe.
A child is not a tiny adult. In developing our programs, we have carefully considered the unique needs of children between the ages of 5-8 years old. Violent threats and bullying are becoming more common for children in secondary school. Preparing children to be aware and defend against it starts early... it's a long subtle transition. Building confidence and the ability to recognise dangerous situation is a big focus at this stage of their development.
Where Krav Maga was created, nurtured and continues to be developed, children and teenagers have been successfully taught the system for over four decades. Countless parents enrol their children into sport programs and after school clubs to build their confidence, improve fitness and have fun. Krav Maga can offer your child the additional vital ingredient of learning self defence.
Krav Ninjas is taught in a fun learning environment with the right appropriate dose of reality thrown in. Children will imitate a lot of self defence techniques through play. This is an important part of their learning and it prepares them for their next program.
Our Krav Ninjas program has a simple grading system designed to reward children accomplishments, monitor their progress and motivate them to achieve more. There is no extra costs for our gradings... no hidden cost either. We run them in class time and invite the parents to watch how their children are progressing.