Year 2
Semester 1

Module 4-Week 1

Kids Self-Defense

Run the self-defense classes with a shorter, lighter warm-up of jumping jacks, shadow boxing, push-ups, and sit-ups.

While they are doing the exercises, your patter is any or all of the following:

1. Review what they have learned so far in terms of soft skills, not physical skills. TPM, Soft Targets, How Bad Guys Choose a Victim etc.

2. Discuss a local crime and analyze it for them and with their input. This is important as their analysis of the crime will change through the module.

3. Preview what is going to happen in this class.

 

 

Watch this first

The skills and drills you are about to learn and teach are TOTALLY DIFFERENT from the other modules.

You can invite the students to come to class in their regular clothes provided they are similar to what they would wear to the gym  or to school.

No jewelry. Be careful of nails scratching.

Your presentation of this is CRITICAL. Students must work as school zone speed unless you say otherwise.

This is a different world from martial arts, and one of the key success factors is your ability ignite the energy in the class.

You want to play the fine line between creating adrenaline in the class and scaring them.

Much of that has to do with your word patter, volume and tone.

Here are examples.

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Self-Defense Kids Orientation 1

Explain this to the parents:

Kids are the ultimate soft target. Why? They are light and easy to move, impressionable, naturally non-aggressive, and naïve.

They don’t use weapons, they can’t use leverage, they don’t carry enough weight to have enough force. They generally never fight back nor have training.

Kids cannot defend themselves against a full-grown attacker with punching and kicking–they just can’t.

There isn’t a 10- or 12-year-old that will ruin a bad guy’s day by hitting him.

We teach kids what will save their lives in the worst of the worst situations. Biting, eye-gouging — yes we teach these because they work very well.

Think about picking up a wild raccoon. It’s smaller and weaker than you. Why do you fear picking it up? We all know why — it will fight for its life by scratching and biting. So why don’t we fight back?

We are taught from a young age: “Don’t bite.” “Watch out for your eyes.” It’s taboo for kids as they grow up, as if there is a rule book.

There are millions of criminals looking for an opportunity; your child should not be one.

Kids Cell Phone Demo

Some people think that all they need to do in an altercation is to call 911.

Parents send their kids out and say, “If need anything, just call me.” Let’s see how that works.

<strong>Kids </strong><b>Cell Phone Demo</b>

Kids–Warm Up

Kids run around the class for 60-seconds while you remind them of past MENTAL lessons such as:

  • 3 types of bad guys
  • One on one
  • Walk with confidence
  • Shark-infested waters

Face center in a circle

  1. 30-seconds push-ups
  2. 30-seconds 1-2-3-4 punches
  3. 30-seconds sit-ups
  4. 30-seconds 1-2-3-4-5 elbows
  5. 30-seconds burpees
  6. 30-seconds C-strike, Knee Strike in mirror
  7. 30-seconds mountain climbers
  8. 30-seconds Wrist escape with each other
  9. 30-seconds Flying Xs
  10. 30-seconds Plank

Passive vs Fighting Stance

We all know fighting stance, but in a self-defense situation, do you want to signal the bad guy that you’re ready to fight? No. We want that to be a surprise like stepping on a land mine.

That’s why we use a passive stance. It looks like we don’t want to and are not ready to fight, but we are.

Passive Stance

Homework: Approved List Setup

HOMEWORK

Have kids make a list of people they feel they can trust in a serious situation.

Bring the list to the next class.

Kids-Approved List Setup

Life Skill: First Aid

Download this and preview the lessons, posters, and stories for each age group.

Download First Aid

Kids Scenario: The Approved List

This is the 2nd part to the Homework assignment to create an A List.

<strong>Scenario: Kids Home Invasion Approved List</strong>

Types of Bad Guys

3 Types of Bad Guys

The bad guys that you can see and notice and that will show up on your radar. Number one, the bully. Bully use emotion and brutal tactics to scare you. And our definition of a bully, they don’t put their hands

A bully says, “you know what, punk? Give me your money.” You say “no”. When he walks the other way, there’s a bully. Could be someone at work, could be someone you live with.

He uses emotion. They’re using emotional tactics.

Number 2, The Wolf. That’s someone that will put their hands on you. The drunk at the bar or the guy that gets in a fight in the alley or out front. It’s the guy next door. You always see him. He’s got a black guy. It’s the guy in traffic pulls over and he wants to pull you out of that car and beat your head in.

He’s a wolf. Why do we call it a wolf? Because would you pet a dog? Yeah. Will you pet a wolf? No. We all we all know the inherent danger of a wolf. That’s why we call them. wolf. They’re dangerous when we notice them. Hey, this is a violent individual.

The Predator, the predator used they it they use every everyday camouflage. They want to look like me and you to get close to the victim, to get close to the prey.

Hey, I’m the UPS guy. I got a delivery in your house. BOOM their in your house! I’m the nice uncle. “I’m the teacher. Come in, I’ve got to talk about your grades. Don’t tell your mom or dad what just happened.”

They’re using camouflage to get close. And until they’re two inches away, you don’t know until their intent is being unfolded. You won’t know. You got to pick up on it. If you feel at all in your gut that something’s wrong, then there probably is.

You have that instinct for a reason. Red flag goes up. You don’t even need to know why. You just need to get out. Red flag.

What’s the last one? Bully. The Wolf and the Predator. Can you stop a psychopath? As much as you can stop me grabbing this gun and start to shoot all you guys. You cannot stop a psychopath. And don’t let anyone tell you. You can’t stop a psychopath. No out there should say, you know how to stop a psychopath.

That’s like trying to stop a bullet. You just can’t. We can react to it. We can think through it. We can keep our emotions in check. We can notice someone walking in that doesn’t belong maybe a split second before, but you can’t stop someone who has premeditation. That’s a big deal. I understand you can’t stop it, but you can react to it.

 

Kids–Warm Up

Kids run around the class for 60-seconds while you remind them of past MENTAL lessons such as:

  • 3 types of bad guys
  • One on one
  • Walk with confidence
  • Shark-infested waters

Face center in a circle

  1. 30-seconds push-ups
  2. 30-seconds 1-2-3-4 punches
  3. 30-seconds sit-ups
  4. 30-seconds 1-2-3-4-5 elbows
  5. 30-seconds burpees
  6. 30-seconds C-strike, Knee Strike in mirror
  7. 30-seconds mountain climbers
  8. 30-seconds Wrist escape with each other
  9. 30-seconds Flying Xs
  10. 30-seconds Plank

Kids-Strikes and Strategy Review

Knee Strike & Front Kick

5-Elbows

Slow with each other on pads.

Full contact on pads.

1-5 Elbows

Kids-Side Headlock Escape

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