Should I Teach My Child to Fight?

kids martial arts in raleigh ncA big question among parents, particularly fathers, is whether or not they should teach their child how to fight. The answers we are about to give might surprise you. We do not feel that you should teach your child how to fight, but rather defend him or herself. You might wonder what the difference is, or even if there is one.

The difference between self-defense and fighting is simple. Self-defense tactics can be employed in a non-violent manner where as fighting cannot. Fighting can cause physical harm to both the attacker and the person getting attacked. Self-defense measures can be taken so that no violence happens at all. Kids martial arts in Raleigh NC is a great starting point for allowing your kids to learn how to defend themselves against bullies and other attackers. If you would like to learn more, please call Gracie today!

Self-Defense or Fighting

Self-defense is something you should teach your child as these skills go well beyond just throwing punches, kicks, and elbows. Self-defense skills incorporate different variables, all starting with non-violent ones first. Kids should be taught to be confident and self-aware first. Confidence is key and the first step to developing self-defense skills.

Next, your child should be self-aware and in-tune with his or her surroundings. Teach them how to break down their environment to avoid threats by always paying attention to what’s going on around them.

Finally, enroll your child in a kids martial arts class in Raleigh NC. Gracie Raleigh specializes in helping children defend themselves. We’ll discuss how a little later. However, martial arts classes do a fantastic job of teaching children how and when to use their special skill set. Or better yet, our coaches do a great job of showing kids when NOT to use their fighting skills. That’s why we teach your child the “Rules of Engagement.”

The “Rules of Engagement” are regularly rehearsed in class. This way, your child will never try to abuse their power and become a bully themselves. Consequently, your child will not hesitate to take a stand when being bullied.

Rules of Engagement:

1 – Avoid a physical fight at all costs.
2 – If verbally attacked, talk first, tell second, tackle third.
3 – If physically attacked, defend yourself as needed.
4 – Never punch or kick if at all possible, try to establish control and negotiate first.
5 – When applying submissions, use minimal pressure first and negotiate.

No Contract Kids Martial Arts in Raleigh NC | Gracie Raleigh

Our Junior Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Program was created so that your son or daughter will be armed with a strong set of values, solid personal character, as well as defense skills to defend themselves against any sort of harassment. Our world class instructors will teach them how to persevere through life’s tough goals. This program is specifically for girls and boys ages 6-12, and there is no contract required. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where your child will experience real team building, cooperation and respect. They’ll also learn other positive core values such as focus, discipline, persistence, and dedication. Please give us a call today to learn more.