Martial arts can be learned from girls

Self defense for girls and boys

Self defense for children

Perhaps your child has already expressed the wish to take part in a self-defense course? Actually a good idea if it doesn't assume that it can win a fight against an adult attacker with self-defense. A child quickly thinks that the self-defense techniques they have learned protect them in everyday life on the street. This overconfidence through self-defense can lead them to lose their fear and get into dangerous situations.

Schoolchildren can only use self-defense techniques against attackers in an emergency with some degree of security from the age of 12. However, tips for self-defense in dangerous situations are already very important for elementary school children. Instead of attacking and defending themselves physically, it should always be better to run away, get attention, shout out loud, and ask other people for help. It has been statistically proven that this behavior is more likely to deter attackers than self-defense techniques. In order to learn this, martial arts and self-defense courses for boys and girls are sensible hobbies for younger children too, in order to get to know their possibilities and limits through self-defense, to increase self-confidence and to develop a feeling for dangerous situations.

Self-defense courses for boys and girls should definitely take place on a voluntary basis so that the participating children are motivated and engaged. Such self-defense training is often of little use in bored school classes.

Self-defense: Wide range of courses

There are now many models of self-defense for boys and girls that cover different needs. In addition to pure boys or girls groups, there are also mixed self-defense courses and groups for children of different ages. The focus is always on strengthening the self-confidence of the participants through techniques of self-defense, recognizing and avoiding dangers and sharpening the awareness of conflicts in order to avoid them in advance. In the self-defense course, the children learn combat and defense techniques and thereby gain insights into various martial arts. The goal, however, is to never have to use them.

In self-defense courses, children get to know their own possibilities and limits. In the self-defense course, they test the power of their voices, break through a board and practice saying “no”. They also receive valuable tips on how to avoid hazards. In contrast to martial arts, self-defense courses are usually self-contained units of at least 20 hours, which should be given compactly in one week or regularly over a longer period of around 5 weeks by trained specialists. Unfortunately, there are currently no nationwide uniform quality standards for self-defense courses. Be sure to pay attention to the concept, educational background and experience of the self-defense courses for boys and girls.

In addition to the self-defense courses, martial arts are also suitable for primary school children. For younger children, however, the self-defense courses should always focus on the fun of movement, not the aspect of self-defense. Fun, physical fitness, a sense of belonging and a sense of achievement are the pluses of self-defense that younger children also enjoy. Later, in many cases of self-defense courses, an Asian philosophy of life is added, which puts the sport in a larger overall context. All types of self-defense presented in the subscriber section can be taught as martial arts, martial arts or self-defense. In any case, find out how the sports school organizes its self-defense lessons before signing a contract.

The following areas should be important for children of primary school age

  • Information about dangerous situations
  • Limits and dangers of the respective sport
  • preventive behavior so as not to get into a defensive situation in the first place
  • the perception of one's own strength, radiance of self-confidence
  • Weak points and points of attack
  • Striking and kicking techniques
  • Free from grabbing hold
  • real falling
  • Lever techniques
  • Defense on the ground
  • Use of aids

These goals should be in the foreground

  • Build strength and confidence
  • Courage to fight back / not take on the role of victim
  • Recognize skills that were previously hidden
  • Willingness to face challenges
  • team spirit

Reactions in case of danger

It is important for your child to learn to distinguish between a playful scramble among friends and a real threat. It takes a lot of practice to do this. In order to compensate for their height and weight against an adult attacker, children would have to attack particular weak points, such as the genitals (vital points). It can quickly happen that the attack on these sensitive parts of the body is also practiced in a scramble in the schoolyard and causes serious injuries in other children. The following martial arts are very common and can be found in every major city. In a club you have to reckon with monthly costs of around 30 €. In addition, there are costs for tracksuits (also around 30 €), which children unfortunately outgrow very quickly, as well as course or training camp fees.


Karate or Karate-Do (path of the empty hand)

Age: from 6 years (in a less pronounced form) Karate originates from the Japanese island of Okinawa and was invented at a time when only samurai were allowed to carry weapons. Peasants developed karate to protect against robbers and highwaymen. In karate, mainly punching and kicking techniques are taught, which are very effective in targeting various pressure points on the body and can, among other things, lead to death. However, such techniques are taught only after many years, as they can have fatal consequences in the wrong hands. Due to the many different styles, there are competitions from light contact (only very light contact allowed, a lot of protective equipment) such as Shotokan Karate to full contact (little protective equipment, full contact allowed and the possibility of victory by knockout) such as Kyokushinkai Karate. There is also the competition in Catalan running. A kata is a set sequence of movements that is performed alone like a dance.

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Taekwondo (the kicking and hitting way)

Age: from 6 years Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that consists of karate as well as very ancient Korean styles. Mainly punching and kicking techniques are taught, with the kicking techniques dominating. As in karate, various pressure points are targeted here. A distinction is made between traditional Taekwondo as a martial art and modern Taekwondo as a martial art. Traditional taekwondo is very similar to karate, and the competition allows either zero or light contact. Modern Taekwondo according to the World Taekwondo Federation Regulations is a martial art that is practiced worldwide and is also represented at the Olympic Games. Fighting takes place in full contact, but almost only kicking techniques are allowed and large protective vests are worn. So the competition is not dangerous.

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Judo (gentle way)

Age: from 5 years Judo was developed from traditional Jiu-Jitsu by Jigoro Kano in Japan in 1882. Kano removed all dangerous punching, kicking and levering techniques so that an exciting and demanding, but not brutal, competition could be carried out. That is why judo is very popular with children. The competition consists mainly of wrestling techniques. In judo, fairness is in the foreground - with Taekwondo it is one of the most widespread Budo arts (generic term for Japanese martial arts).

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Age: from 12 years Aikido was developed at the beginning of the 20th century by Morei Ueshiba from Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jiu-Jitsu and other Budo sports. Aikido is based on the principle of winning by giving in, which is why dangerous punching and kicking techniques are avoided. In Aikido, a lot of emphasis is placed on evading and incapacitating the opponent by means of painful but harmless levers on the wrist. In Aikido there is no competition, which is why it is a martial art that is very efficient, especially for physically petite people, also in self-defense.

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That speaks for martial arts

Your child learns to control their body.
Your child learns to follow strict rules.
Your child learns to find their place in a group.
Your child regularly takes part in exams, the success of which increases his or her self-confidence (colored belts are usually awarded to show that they have passed the exam).
Shy children are becoming increasingly courageous.
Boys and girls fight on an equal footing.
Your child learns to assess their strength more precisely.
Aggression can easily be reduced.
Your child learns discipline.
Your child will become more balanced.
Your child's athletic fitness grows.
Your child will learn to relax better through exercise.

Before you register your child for a course, it is important that they be given the opportunity to attend at least two training courses. Pay attention to the notice periods, because younger children in particular tend to lose interest quickly. For elementary school children it is extremely important which trainer they get and what the atmosphere in the dojo (training room) is like. In addition to many qualified and pedagogically experienced trainers, who can also be recognized by their graduation (ask for certificates from the associations!), There is a black sheep every now and then.