How To Teach Kids About Self-Defense
Wed, April 21, 2021

How To Teach Kids About Self-Defense

One of parents’ worst nightmares is having their kids be a victim of violence and predators who target the vulnerable and weak. This is why some parents decide to enroll their kids in martial arts or self-defense classes as a preventive measure against any possible harm / Photo by: Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock

 

One of parents’ worst nightmares is having their kids be a victim of violence and predators who target the vulnerable and weak. This is why some parents decide to enroll their kids in martial arts or self-defense classes as a preventive measure against any possible harm. Fortunately, there are simple self-defense moves that every parent can impart to their kids to help them stay safe, even without professional classes. 

According to an article published by ABC 13, a news station based in Houston, Anthony Reed, a black belt Jiu-Jitsu professor, shared that the main thing about self-defense is prevention. Learning the art allows children to be aware of their surroundings. It makes them more alert and vigilant about the happenings and people around them. Reed mentioned that attackers are always looking for an easy target and parents must make sure that their children become as difficult a target as possible.

Aside from the fear of criminals and stranger danger on the road, kids, especially the little ones, can fall victim to bullies. Self-defense techniques can help one defend themselves against bullying. 

Be aware

Before teaching your little ones how to kick or punch, they must learn how to be aware of their surroundings. Without awareness, they won’t understand the importance of the self-defense lessons that you are teaching them. Aside from that, kids must also learn how to stay vigilant whenever they are walking on the street. 

They should learn how to notice trouble if there is a car or a person that is following them. Kids should know when and how to move away from trouble and call for help when needed. According to ABC7, a news station based in Los Angeles, Irene van der Zande, the founder of nonprofit Kidpower, mentioned that if children sense that they are in a dangerous situation, they must look for a woman with children if they ever get lost because “a woman is most likely to help.”

Have confident body language

One of the best ways to prevent bullies is to make sure that the kid has healthy and strong self-esteem. This can help them to have confidence that will reflect in their body language, making them less of an easy target. Verywell Family, a modern resource that offers a realistic and friendly approach to pregnancy and parenting, mentioned on their website that parents must teach their kids good posture. 

Kids should learn how to walk with a sense of purpose and how to make easy eye contact with those around them. These simple yet easy ways can help them project an air of self-confidence. To prevent making them an easy target for bullies, parents must try to ease their slouch. Always remind them that when they do not feel confident in a situation or any location, they should learn to walk as they do. 

One of the best ways to prevent bullies is to make sure that the kid has healthy and strong self-esteem. This can help them to have confidence that will reflect in their body language, making them less of an easy target / Photo by: Motortion Films via Shutterstock

 

Know when to run

Most of the time, kids do not realize that when things look like they could head in the wrong direction, they should turn around and walk away. Parents must make sure that their kids know that it is okay to run away or call for help, especially if the situation is too critical. Remind them that it takes courage to walk away from a situation that is escalating. 

Make them realize that they need to leave a dangerous situation before things get out of hand. Let them know about the power of their voice by teaching them how to ask for help and get the attention of adults and authorities. They can also use their strong and confident voice to be assertive in dangerous situations. Having this voice can cause bullies and even predators to back off. This can be taught at home and, when a difficult situation arises, it will come naturally. 

Stay with friends 

Bullies and criminals tend to target people who are alone. Be sure that your kids know which places to head to if they feel like they are in danger. These places must be safe spaces where their friends and family, and the authorities, might be. Sometimes, an area can have bullying hot spots that they should avoid. If they have no choice but to go through them, they should at least be with people who can protect them so they do not have to pass through these dangerous areas alone. If your child doesn’t have a large group of friends, it is best to help them work on how to develop friends at school or in your neighborhood.

Having friends with them can protect them from bullying. Even one close friend can go a long way in preventing bullying. Self-defense is more than just kicking and punching stuff; it also has to do with always staying alert and vigilant. The simple act of putting their cellphone away and actually observing their surroundings can be a huge help for when things go bad. 

Bullies and criminals tend to target people who are alone. Be sure that your kids know which places to head to if they feel like they are in danger. These places must be safe spaces where their friends and family, and the authorities, might be / Photo by: Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock