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    What do you teach children? Do you teach them the techniques? At what age do you start them on the self defenses techniques.

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    At first I thought I was going to be teaching them something different. Once I got going, I realized that they can do the techniques as well as an older student. Now I just teach them pretty much the same curriculum...just slower. I start them on basics, get them down solid and then begin with the SD-techs.
    It's going pretty well thus far.

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    At our school, there's a watered down Kid's Curriculum. I believe the youngest for that program is 6 yrs old. They are taught the same self-defense as the adults, however they have fewer techniques per sheet. So I would say they get appox. a third of what the adults get.

    They get around 3 techniques, 2 freestyle combinations, a form (To be learned over two cycles), plus a few varient kicks and punches, per sheet/belt.

    WHen they get their Jr Black Belt, they enter the adult program as a purple belt.

    We also have a Little Ninjas Class for 4-5 yr olds, but Ive yet to watch it, so Im not sure what that entails
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    The kids learn all of the forms and sets up to junior black at my school (that is, all the way up to Long 4 and a personal form). They do a lot of sparring, and learn a limited number of self-defense techniques.

    If a student is able to reach a junior black belt, he/she will then have to go back and learn ALL of the remaning techniques up to black belt (until all 154 are learned). A student would probably know as many as 50 by the time he/she reaches a junior black belt.

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    A sample of what i am currently teaching 12 years and under

    junior yellow
    Basics

    junior orange
    5 techniques , blocking set one
    ie, Delayed Sword thru Captured Twiggs

    junior purple
    5 techniques ,short form 1
    ie Grasp of Death thru Sword and Hammer

    advance purple1&2
    striking set 1/co ordination set 1
    long form 1/kicking set 1

    Advance purple 3
    short 2/ stance set 1


    Included are the belt sayings / and belt pledges

    I have just completed teaching my students these units approx 18-24 months in duration.

    I chose to take this option in skilling my students in basics ,in disguse lol, using the above sets ,as to allow for the students to mature both metally , and to become more aware of there bodies

    To provide greater enjoyment of both teaching and learning the orange belt and advance material which is to follow ,

    No disrespect intended, I would welcome any comments or criticism thanks for again your input.

    cheers

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    We now have more members so I would like to revive this thread to so what others are offering for children's programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    What do you teach children? Do you teach them the techniques? At what age do you start them on the self defenses techniques.
    We teach forms and techniqes. Short 1-Long 4 and the old yellow belt list such as Delayed Sword and Deflective Hammer.
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    John beat me to it mostly because we teach the same children hahaha. Basics are always good, a little bit more calisthinics and regiment then the adults is warranted. Reduced technique and forms load but they are still used. They do just as well with good solid kenpo given in slower doses it seems like to me.
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    That's how Brian and I teach kids.
    Center on putting forth good work, on helping them learn the basics really well... progressing them through techniques WHEN they are ready and not before.
    We've got two young ladies that are really doing well. They're ready for some more techniques, but they've been working those they've got for some time.
    NOW we've got a young man coming to us who's father is a black belt in another style but realizes that it's often best for your child to learn from someone other than "Dad"... so we teach him and he helps his son work at it at home. Even though he's quite young, he shows a lot of focus and zeal.

    That's what I'm talking about, his reward comes from w/in... he pleases himself through a job well done.

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    Cool see you there! Adult class was pretty cool tonight too! Missed ya man! Hope everyone at home gets UNsick soon! hahahaha
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    Everyone but Melissa's doing better.
    She finally got her KEESTER to the doctor today though.
    SHOULD be fine tomarrow.

    later......

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    For everyone who has answered what is the youngest age you take in as a student?

    At what age do you see a difference in comprehension? I have noticed that 8 - 9 yrs old things seem start to sink in a little differently. What age do you think they start comprehendingthings differents.

    Lastly who do you find easier to teach young boys or young girls?
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    Well we have a Little Ninjas Program for kids starting at 4...Ive taught as young as 5 or so for "regular" classes. However, I think that's TOO young and that most kids have better retention at the very least 7 or so. Plus they're more disciplined. The younger kids are, well, kids. Its hard to keep their attention for any amount of time. When Im stuck with a class of 3 5-year olds, it definitely feels like Im babysitting more than anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    What do you teach children? Do you teach them the techniques? At what age do you start them on the self defenses techniques.
    12 techniques and 1 short form per belt.
    up to brown and then its 12 techniques and 2 forms.
    my son is seven and he just tested for his green after 2 years.
    tiny tiger starts at 4
    kenpo starts about 6

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    Young kids are amazing at what they can learn. My four year old daughter knows Snapping Twain, Crash of Eagle, Dagger and Inward Defense techniques, as well as a scoop kick and the jab-cross combination and has a rough idea of the Cover Off.

    Obviously at four she could use it for self defense, but I have "attacked" her (real slow) with the attack they are supposed to counter and she DOES know what the techniques are used for and roughly how to do them hands on...

    She has also learned the "oopah and roll" JiuJitsu technique as well as what it means to be "in my guard".

    Kids are sponges...I think her learning this in front of my own eyes has taught me more about her than she has actually learned of the martial arts...I soooo underestimate my little girl capabilities...

    Last night she was bored, laying on the couch and she looked at me and said "dad, will you fight me" So we rolled for a few minutes and she pratcied her "shrimp" out of mount, it was pretty funny...and she got tired and went to bed.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    For everyone who has answered what is the youngest age you take in as a student?

    At what age do you see a difference in comprehension? I have noticed that 8 - 9 yrs old things seem start to sink in a little differently. What age do you think they start comprehendingthings differents.

    Lastly who do you find easier to teach young boys or young girls?
    a. Our pre-school starts at age 3 1/2
    b. I think they comprehend more at age 7 or 8
    c. I do not think it matters if they are male or female on who is easier. I believe it depends on their age.
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    What is the child per instructor ratio in your school?

    I have a limit of 5 children per instrcutor.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Not sure if you were asking me or not, but at my gym the 3-4 yo class is small, generally 3 or 4 kids tops...they only have classes on saturday and sunday...the 5+ class is given every day to whoever shows up...

    I think tho that the 5 year olds should be put back into the other class, it seems kids learn differently around the time they start 1st grad and life changes so much for them...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    What is the child per instructor ratio in your school?

    I have a limit of 5 children per instrcutor.
    I can be up to ten but it is usually 5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    What is the child per instructor ratio in your school?

    I have a limit of 5 children per instrcutor.
    thats smart the little ones can be a hand full

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