Self-Defense Classes for Kids

Learn the basics of self-defense in a comfortable, supportive environment.

Some statistics about child abduction:

  • On average, every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted.
  • There are nearly 500,000 registered sex offenders in the United States, yet the majority of offenses are never reported!
  • In 46% of child abductions, the child is sexually assaulted.
  • See http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov for more statistics and to search for sex offenders in your area. Yes, some of them live within walking distance of your child's school...

Some statistics about bullying:

  •  Four out of five middle school students admitted to having bullied someone. (Pagewise, Inc., 2003)
  • Thirty percent (30%) of U.S. students in grades six through ten are involved in moderate or frequent bullying — as bullies, as victims, or as both — according to the results of the first national survey on this subject.
  • 1 out of every 4 kids will be abused by another youth (The American Justice Department)
  • In a recent study, 77% of the students said they had been bullied, 8% of students miss 1 day of class per month for fear of Bullies and 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
  • Playground statistics - Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention - 4%. Peer intervention - 11%. No intervention - 85%.

In these seminars your child can learn about:

  • "Stranger Danger"
  • Bullying
  • Creating & maintaining awareness of your surroundings
  • Personal boundaries 
  • Verbal deescalation
  • Strategies for avoiding confrontation
  • Most important weapons for self-defense
  • Exit strategies
  • Simple example physical practice (intensity & duration can be adjusted; 5 minutes to an hour or more)

Classes can be tailored to different age groups and time limitations. It is advisable that similar age children be grouped together in separate classes, as different ages have different issues to deal with.  Younger kids should spent more time on non-physical self-defense compared to older kids.  And teens usually grasp more "mature" concepts better, in addition to having enough physical power to fight off attackers much better than smaller kids.

An additional informative resource put out by our local police department:  http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pol/crime/default.asp

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Instructor: Jon Keeling has been seriously involved in the martial arts for well over 30 years and began teaching Karate in 1984. Keeling Sensei lived in Japan for 8 years, where he honed his technical skills. In addition to his study of traditional Karate, Mr. Keeling has studied Aikido, boxing and other martial arts. An author of over 100 articles relating to Karate, he has an international reputation as one of the foremost experts in both traditional Karate as well as practical applications of the martial arts.