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  • How would you teach your child Krav Maga

    if you didn't have a school available? What resources would you use(books, DVDs, etc. ?)

    I have fallen out of love with my school but still want my kid to learn.

    Any advice would be welcome.

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    Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

    how old is your kid? Because my natural reply for any kid under the age of 15 is "I wouldn't".

    Otherwise, you can teach him to fight if you have skill. It won't be the best teaching and probably won't be krav maga (just whatever you want to call your own martial arts style) but it's not that hard to teach on your own actually. I've done it with friends before...but you have to be willing to work with them.

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    • #3
      Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

      Our training place won't allow anyone under 13 to do Krav, however, they are teaching them basically the same stuff, and techniques that we are learning.

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      • #4
        Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

        Originally posted by kenlee25 View Post
        how old is your kid? Because my natural reply for any kid under the age of 15 is "I wouldn't".

        Otherwise, you can teach him to fight if you have skill. It won't be the best teaching and probably won't be krav maga (just whatever you want to call your own martial arts style) but it's not that hard to teach on your own actually. I've done it with friends before...but you have to be willing to work with them.
        My 14 yo has taken classes on and off for a couple years. It's nothing new and I'm ranked green belt at this time.

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        • #5
          Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

          Originally posted by kenlee25 View Post
          how old is your kid? Because my natural reply for any kid under the age of 15 is "I wouldn't".

          Oops, I guess I messed up then...

          Otherwise, you can teach him to fight if you have skill. It won't be the best teaching

          Wouldn't that depend on whom you're talking to? Or do you just say that to everyone you don't know?

          and probably won't be krav maga

          Why not?

          (just whatever you want to call your own martial arts style) but it's not that hard to teach on your own actually.

          Did you just contradict yourself - or are you saying it's not hard to teach when it doesn't matter how good your instruction is?

          I've done it with friends before... but you have to be willing to work with them.

          And the big yellow one is called the Sun...
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          • #6
            Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

            Originally posted by bear34 View Post
            if you didn't have a school available? What resources would you use(books, DVDs, etc. ?)

            I have fallen out of love with my school but still want my kid to learn.

            Any advice would be welcome.
            Hey Bear, I say grab some pads/gloves and teach what you know - I'm thinking you have more experience/training than you think you do... Reference materials include just about everything - DVDs, books, articles, youtube videos, instructors/training partners, etc.

            I think one of the important things is to try to make it fun and avoid him burning out - as an instructor, not only do I want my students to know how to catch their own fish, but I would love for them to enjoy catching fish, to learn other ways of catching fish, and to teach others to learn and enjoy catching fish...

            What a great way to bond with him, especially at that age...

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            • #7
              Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

              Originally posted by Don View Post
              Hey Bear, I say grab some pads/gloves and teach what you know - I'm thinking you have more experience/training than you think you do... Reference materials include just about everything - DVDs, books, articles, youtube videos, instructors/training partners, etc.

              I think one of the important things is to try to make it fun and avoid him burning out - as an instructor, not only do I want my students to know how to catch their own fish, but I would love for them to enjoy catching fish, to learn other ways of catching fish, and to teach others to learn and enjoy catching fish...

              What a great way to bond with him, especially at that age...



              He's a she, but we're tight.

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              • #8
                Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

                When it comes to teaching children / teenagers how to fight by yourself, I would stick with the basics. The basics should include standard boxing techniques and defenses against holds + chokes. Nothing fancy.

                However, it's also important for the kid to have fun. If not, then anything else will be looked upon as a chore rather than something cool to learn. I hope that makes sense.

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                • #9
                  Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

                  lol Sorry Bear, same goes for the girls too! :)

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                  • #10
                    Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

                    Try to think of what the mean girl bullies might try to do to her at school and teach her to defend against that. E.g. defense against a hair pull would probably be a lot more relevant to her than to you. Then there are those mean boys.... a rear bear hug is a favorite for them when they're picking on a girl.

                    Edit: Darren's KM for women or whatever it's called might be a good book for her.
                    Last edited by catapult; 07-27-2013, 12:11 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

                      It really sucks that this is the world we live in...but kids have to worry about a lot more than bullies these days. Teach your daughter all you know and then some. Situational awareness training doesn't require partners or classes. As a green belt, you already have a solid foundation. Basic strikes and choke defenses. Pick up the Complete Krav Maga book and have fun learning together. It's a scary world. I'm sure you want your girl to be as prepared as possible for it.
                      Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win.
                      -Outlaw Josey Wales

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                      • #12
                        Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

                        Imi used to say that when you are a green belt you are an instructormwhether you like it or not. Teach KM and leave the gun stuff for adults.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

                          If you have to teach your daughter, like stated earlier, I would suggest you start with the hair pull and bear hug defenses and focus on proper technique on the punches and kicks. In most bullying situations, a well executed groin kick is all that will be needed to go home safely.

                          My son is 9 and has been doing Krav Maga for a little over a year. We are lucky that our Krav Maga Training center has a KM-X program (kids). He is now a gold belt and has learned a lot more techniques that I have at a level 2. He can defend all the chokes, bear hugs, hair pulls, head locks, etc..., in addition to all the 360 defenses, inside defenses, ground work, all the kicks, punches, hammer fists, etc... In other words, you can teach her all you know, but emphasize technique. I would also engrain in her that Krav is only used for self defense and not to use as a trick or for bullying. In our training center, once a week the instructor sits the kids down for approximately 10 minutes and they discuss use of force so they won't abuse their skills with other kids. They are taught it is only self defense and only enough to get away and get help.

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                          • #14
                            Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

                            I'm looking into Eyal Yanilov's MaxKravMaga online training. Any feedback?

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                            • #15
                              Re: How would you teach your child Krav Maga

                              I actually just bought a striking pad (not a KM tombstone pad, but a less expensive Title one) and am going to get some youth MMA gloves so I can teach my 8-yr-old daughter the basic stuff that I already know. She's already athletically inclined and I feel that it's one of my basic responsibilities as a parent to teach my child how to protect herself.

                              I don't plan on being extremely regimented about this because I want it to be fun for her and not a chore. We'll see how it goes!
                              "I've always believed that the mind is the best weapon."
                              - Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II

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