Throughout the development and dissemination of the Krav Maga teaching in Israel, the need arose for teaching Krav Maga for Kids and Teens a practical high level self-defense system suitable for situations they may stumble across in their everyday life. This includes scenarios between children and their peers, as well as situations that may arise with an adult.
The Krav Maga Global kids system consists of realistic self-defense techniques that are effective not only against bullies, but any adult assailant as well. At the same time, Krav Maga teaches children when it is and is not appropriate to use these techniques.
KRAV MAGA FOR KIDS AND TEENS
The material includes solutions to conflicts or violent situations that are most typical for each age group. They learn how to avoid or prevent these events , but in cases where the aggressor engages in physical contact they learn how to protect themselves from slaps, punches, kicks, shirt grabbing, neck grabbing, choking, attempts to throw to the ground and how to deal with the situation if thrown to the ground. Children also learn important skills such as break-falling and rolling that will assist them to get away unharmed from falls in different situations whether static (standing) or in motion (walking, running, skates, cycling, etc.).
Another important aspect for children is dealing with situations in which they might be attacked by adults (criminal assault or sexual abuse). Training the children to recognize possible danger situations, what is the best way to avoid them and if need be, how to protect themselves in the event of physical contact. Self-defense in these cases is based on using the element of surprise combined with a strong and accurate blow to a vulnerable body part, making an escape, ask for help and report to their parents about the incident.
HOW WE TEACH KRAV MAGA FOR KIDS AND TEENS
Just like Krav Maga Global lessons for adults, the material is taught in an efficient way enabling for skills to be acquired in a short period of time to better defend themselves at school, in the playground or on the street. The training process for kids and youth also places emphasis on the development of important personality traits such as: restraint, self-discipline, courage, self-confidence, the ability to make decisions in stressful situations and the understanding of when to use the acquired knowledge.
The Training is carried out by qualified instructors who have gone through specific training for this unique population. The training is conducted in a controlled environment, using the right protective gear, maintaining the highest safety measures in order to prevent injury of the trainees during lessons.
THE KIDS INSTRUCTOR COURSE (KIC)
The KIC includes specific education, training and tools to teach Krav Maga and self-defense techniques to children and teenagers. Candidates for this course must be certified instructors (GIC) with at least one year of teaching experience and a strong inclination for the field. Experience working with children or teenagers is an advantage.