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Author Topic: Any opinions on martial arts for kids?  (Read 798 times)

Hastur T. Fannon

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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2006, 07:46:35 am »
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Capoeira would be a lot of fun for a little kid: loads of dancing and spinning and movement.

Something like judo might have a lot of use later in life, should she get interested enough to make her study lifelong.


I agree with these two and for the reasons given.  If there's one thing that Judo teaches you, it's how to fall over without hurting yourself and every five year-old would find this useful

Another advantage of capoeira is that it's difficult to hurt someone with it ;)

However, the most important thing is being able to trust the instructor
 

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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2006, 08:54:37 am »
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I expect to interview quite a few senseis and then spend some time watching them teach kids before I pick anyone.

This is the best advice - watch a class at a place and consider if your kid would fit in and if you'd be comfortable with it.

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« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2006, 09:24:16 pm »
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I'm leaning towards Thai kickboxing or pentjak silat, for cultural reasons. My wife likes capoeira. Feel free to criticise these choices.


Honestly, I'd consider Goju-Ryu Karate, though this particular Ryu is far harder to find instructors for than the more contemporary martial arts erroneously promoted as Karate (such as Kenpo, which is not a recognized Okinawan Karate Ryu).

The one possible downside of Goju-Ryu Karate is that its instructors are typically not unlike Chiun from the Remo Williams novels in that they demand nothing less than 100% commitment. . .

I recall being denied a belt test, as my family was going on vacation at the time that my I was deemed 'ready' for said test. I was given a choice -- either present myself for testing, or go on vacation and be denied my test for another year.

I was 11 or 12 at the time. I had to wait a year to be tested for my brown belt.
 

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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2006, 09:45:03 pm »
James, I'm an actual, honest-to-god martial arts teacher, so I hope I know a little bit about dedication to the art ... and those people sound like jerks to me.  "Vacation means no brown belt for you" indeed.  How about "Cool!  Send us a post-card.  We'll test when you get back."  Sheesh :rolleyes:

I'd fall back on previous advice:  There are lots and lots of solid martial arts styles out there.  It's hard to go wrong on that score.  Go find a teacher you like and trust.  For me, anyone who penalizes a student for having a life outside the dojo wouldn't fit that bill.  YMMV.
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« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2006, 12:34:49 am »
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James, I'm an actual, honest-to-god martial arts teacher, so I hope I know a little bit about dedication to the art ... and those people sound like jerks to me.  "Vacation means no brown belt for you" indeed.  How about "Cool!  Send us a post-card.  We'll test when you get back."  Sheesh :rolleyes:


To be honest, I would have rather gone for the belt test. Family vacations were the thing I would have rather avoided ;)
 

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« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2006, 05:52:13 pm »
No worries, guys. Thanks for the advice. We're now leaning towards capoeira, especially since there's a couple of places near her new school. I'll be sure to check them out thoroughly as advised.
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« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2006, 04:55:34 am »
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I'd fall back on previous advice:  There are lots and lots of solid martial arts styles out there.  It's hard to go wrong on that score.  Go find a teacher you like and trust.


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« Reply #22 on: December 26, 2006, 08:43:23 pm »
I've always been a fan of the oldest of martial arts...running.
 

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« Reply #23 on: December 27, 2006, 04:57:20 pm »
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I've always been a fan of the oldest of martial arts...running.



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« Reply #24 on: December 27, 2006, 08:02:41 pm »
Late to the thread, but here goes:

At the little kid level, martial arts adds up mainly to exercise and discipline.  A couple of hours a week on the mats for little kids isn't going to turn them into something dangerous, and it's likely to make them more comfortable with conflict while teaching a little self control.

Attitude makes the killer.
 

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« Reply #25 on: December 27, 2006, 08:04:52 pm »
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Attitude makes the killer.

Well, she does keep talking about cutting peoples' heads off....
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« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2006, 08:20:07 pm »
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Well, she does keep talking about cutting peoples' heads off....


Um, keep her away from weapons forms, then.

I used to do a lot of (organized) fighting.  I did boxing and kickboxing at a local, competitive level, and I got any full-contact work I could.  I loved the contact and competition, and I genuinely enjoyed laying leather into an opponent, even if he was a good friend.

Later, I picked up some grappling styles and started doing mixed-art work.  That was fun, too, even if there wasn't as much pure hitting going on.

Now, I'm comparatively out of practice, older, and slower.  But I'm more dangerous in a real fight, because I don't fight for sport now.  My mental conditioning is about incapacitating someone.  I set aside a little time each day to keep a little bit of aggression burning in case I need it.

A few moves and some sparring will be good for your daughter.  If she really seems to be conditioning herself to kill, something a little weirder is going on.  I wouldn't get my daughter going that way until she's about 11.
 

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« Reply #27 on: December 27, 2006, 08:41:35 pm »
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If she really seems to be conditioning herself to kill, something a little weirder is going on.
It's just 5-year-old stuff. I'm not worried....yet....
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