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Steve James wrote:Fun and fitness. If you make them do it, it's for you, not them. Whatever activity they enjoy, gets them in shape, and they will do without being forced is the one. Of course, if the child is part of a family of martial artists, it's more complicated.
Steve James wrote:I had my kids do judo, fwiw. They liked the rolling around, and it wore them out.
everything wrote:However, if you were recommending or evaluating classes/schools for kids/teens, where self-defense and technical considerations are probably NOT a primary consideration...
Steve Rowe wrote:It needs to be a safe and well structured environment. Coaches need to be criminal record checked and child protection trained and qualified. The training syllabus needs to be broad based, child friendly, disciplined and include anti bullying and stranger danger training. It needs to deal with problems relating to their age group and synergistic to the adult syllabus so it's lifetime appropriate. If they want to compete there needs to be pathways to tournament coaching and competing.
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