KRAV MAGA FOR CHILDREN
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In the 1990’s, when the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was informed that terrorists were planning to stab children in schools, he told the heads of the Ministry of Education to “Give the children sticks.”, “But if we will give the pupils sticks, the teachers will run,” said the officials. “Perhaps we should teach them self-defense.”
The Mayor of Tel Aviv then decided to start a project for teaching children which has now become a very profound way of reducing violence and educating children to become better people.
In developing our training programs, grading system, curriculum, lesson plans and teaching methods, we have carefully considered the unique needs of children and teens. These days, with violence on the rise and bullying becoming more and more common, both the educational system and parents face difficulties in handling violence directed at children. It is essential that young people acquire skills, abilities, techniques and tactics to cope with any unexpected confrontation inflicted upon them.
Children’s Krav Maga mostly referred to as “Kids Krav” was developed by KMS as part of Krav Maga self-defense solutions created for the various civilian sectors. Kids self-defense enables children, in a relative short period of time, to learn self-defense techniques carefully adapted to match their respective age, physical and mental abilities.
Through Krav Maga training the children are taught how to recognize common threats like bullies and kidnappers. The training also aims to improve their self esteem, build confidence respect and discipline. KMS Kids Krav Maga methods, especially in the younger age group are mostly taught through Krav Maga games. Games help the children to develop coordination, learn how to follow directions and foster assertiveness. Through these games kids are taught how to avoid confrontation, and how to defend themselves when necessary in order to escape.
Kids Krav Maga openly and cautiously explains attack scenarios kids may encounter – the difference between being bullied by a classmate or by an unknown adult, their options in each situation, what is the proportional response and so on. The KMS system divides Kids’ Krav to five main age categories. As the children get older training includes fewer games and resembles the adult curriculum more.
Children who train Krav Maga learn a lot about commitment and endurance. Krav Maga teaches them to appreciate and be proud of their achievements when learning a new technique or passing their grade test. They get a true sense of the path they are on and their progress and they realize that no goal is impossible. In the process they also get a great work out! Kids who need to let out steam can also get a break in Krav Maga training. They’re permitted to hit the punching bag, fight with another student under the instructor’s supervision and in the process learn that without these pre-conditions it is not ok to hit or fight.