Self-Defense Classes for Kids
Learn the basics of self-defense in a comfortable, supportive environment
For children of all ages
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.
The state of California maintains resources with more statistics and to search for sex offenders in your area.
The City of Palo Alto also offers good resources.
Some statistics about bullying
- Four out of five middle school students admitted to having bullied someone. (Pagewise, Inc., 2003)
- Thirty percent 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.
- One out of every four kids will be abused by another youth
- In a recent study, 77% of students said they had been bullied, 8% of students miss one day of class per month for fear of bullies and 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
- On playgrounds… Every 7 minutes a child is bullied… Only 4% have some adult intervention… Only 11% have some peer intervention… And 85% have no intervention.
- “Stranger Danger”
- 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. Children deal with different issues at different ages, so grouping children by age in separate classes is best. With younger kids we spend more time on non-physical self-defense compared to older kids. And teens’ relative emotional and physical maturity makes their classes different still.
SVSK Chief Instructor Jon Keeling has been deeply involved in the martial arts for over 35 years and began teaching Karate in 1984 and self-defense in 1989, having taught self-defense to thousands of people. 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. The author of over 100 articles relating to karate, he has an international reputation as a leading expert in both traditional karate and practical applications of the martial arts. Read his full bio.