Children Krav Maga
Children are categorized into a special group with their own special needs to learn Krav Maga. Due to their lack of experience, small physique, unutilized mental abilities as well as lower awareness levels, special emphasis and techniques are incorporated to teach them about self defense.
Hence, the exercise and methods are dissected onto primary reflex elements and taught stage by stage along with “combat games” that are related to the studied technique.
In order to prevent unbefitting usage of Krav Maga techniques, such as blows that were meant strictly for danger situations, which might be practiced at home or on school grounds in a normal situation, a definite distinction between right and wrong, and ascribe each exercise to the condition under which it should be applied. Accordingly the separation between Peacetime techniques and Wartime techniques is created.
- Peacetime techniques – These would be defense exercises (with no attack) and the soft attacks (Educational Stop and repulsion using open palm). These can be used in peaceful environments like play ground, school, neighbourhood while dealing with family, friends or neighbours. The child is taught that under no circumstances can he/she cause any injury, pain or discomfort while doing these exercises.
- Wartime techniques – these include all harsh and violent attack that might cause a major injury or at least intends to. The situation will include a confrontation with the “war people”- so called bad people who intend to hurt the trainee, and are a clear threat.
Other than the basic advantages of Krav Maga as a self defense and combat training tool, there are several others that benefit a child.
Goal setting and follow through:
Many students had difficulty in understanding how to go from point A to point B. Krav Maga focuses on each child’s mental ability to understand and imbibe. First they learned a very simple technique, then a more advanced one. They saw how efforts yielded gradual results, rewards, and recognition. This motivated them to try harder, to attend classes more often. Krav Maga and all martial arts are based on repetition, they saw how a task which appeared impossible at first became easy later on as the body and the nervous system adapted to it. They learned that no goal is impossible and that they can become the person they admired.
Many children lack self-confidence and self-esteem. Learning a complicated skill gives them a sense of accomplishment and achievement. They set out to accomplish something and they did it.
Learning to Focus
Major research has shown that Krav Maga helps as a treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder, more than other sports.
Understanding Structures and Rules
The dojo is a traditional place and there are many rules: how you enter and leave, how you dress, how you behave. The student quickly learns that if he is to stay – he must abide by these rules.