Kids' Krav-Maga is designed to help keep kids, age 4-15, safe from bullies, kidnappers and other threats our kids face, as well as build confidence and respect. We teach kids avoidance of a confrontation, then defenses when necessary to escape a situation. We also show children the variations in technique if the attacker is a bully - their same size, or a stranger - an adult they do not know. We talk about options that they have in situations, what is okay to do and what is excessive.
Kids are divided into five main age categories. At the youngest level, 4 years old, they do a lot of games that help with coordination, following directions, assertiveness – all while teaching them how to deal with dangerous situations. One of the biggest things smaller kids have going for them is their voice, so we really focus on being heard...nice and loud.
Moving through the age levels, we play less and focus on technique more. The kids still have fun, but their bodies and minds are able to handle more information. Towards the end of the age spectrum, it is simply a modified adult's curriculum.
Regardless of age, the kids learn how to stand up for themselves, gain great confidence, and they get a great workout, learning through games and problem solving to keep them challenged and motivated!