When it comes to child safety and self-defense, there are a couple of things that need to be noted immediately.
True child safety is not about striking a bag, performing kicks, breaking boards, or sparring in tournaments. True child safety and self-defense is a soft target – a child – up against a full-grown attacker. Generally it’s going to be male. It could be female, but generally it’s going to be male.
We also need to understand that a child five to twelve years old cannot exact a technique effectively against a full grown attacker.When I say exact a technique, I mean they cannot punch or kick their way out of a fight. Bottom line. We test this over and over in our organization, the C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense Program.
You don’t have to be tough to pass this test.When a seven, eight- or nine-year-old punches or kicks you anywhere about the body, it generally does not hurt. Especially if you have intent and motive to kidnap them.You’re going to work through it, you’re going to keep fighting.
Now, having said that, there are many things a child can do to defend themselves. However, if there is ever a teacher or instructor out there that sells you on the point or teaches the point that if you punch a full-grown male in the stomach they will stop, if you kick them in their knee they will back off – it just does not happen.Almost physically impossible. So we teach different techniques: anchoring, all the way to eye gouging and biting. Highly effective techniques.Very, very important stuff.
We need to notice a couple of things about a soft target such as a child, things that are very common among them that make them a soft target. They’re shorter than the average person. They’re weaker than the average person. They’re lighter than the average person. They cannot employ great leverage, which means they don’t have the ability to take down, or manipulate joints, or anything like that.
They’re highly impressionable. They’re not naturally aggressive. They don’t get into using functional weapons or carrying weapons on them. Their strikes are good against a schoolyard bully, not against a full-grown attacker.And anybody who teaches otherwise is really setting that individual up for failure. This stuff is time tested and proven.
So remember, when looking for a child-safety-specific self defense class, please look for these things. There’s a lot of good classes out there, but the truth about child safety and self-defense must be talked about.
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