child trainingchild fence26.10.2023

Today’s online teaching consultation with Drum Martial Arts and Fitness in Ireland brought us into hour four. We are discussing children’s self-protection and related topics that help develop my client’s teaching knowledge.

We went back over last lesson’s details. This brought up brief discussion points on the general ignorance still present in self-protection teaching. As per one of the adverts for the Animal Instincts programme, “Teach Honest Self-Protection to Children and Grow up as a Teacher”. Self-protection teaching on the whole should not be taken on lightly. It is a weighty burden where a teacher accepts the responsibility of imparting information that will not further endanger their students nor get them into any unnecessary legal trouble.

At this point, I put it that many teachers should accept they are teaching martial arts and not self-protection. By embracing their sport or expressive art, they need not carry this particular burden. Indeed, this is why it is important for self-protection teachers who also teach martial arts to make healthy compartmentalisations. We then talked about a training method I use both might taught side-by-side called The Switch. It’s a teaching method mentioned on here several times and part of my Vagabond Warriors approach. We also talked about other methods such as Feedback Loop Training, another regular on this blog.

Finally, we returned to children’s self-protection in the main and the use of the fence. This was something we began last week but I spent more time on in this lesson. The fence needs to be adapted to different sizes and reaches. Children really highlight this particular issue. At this point I explained the power parry method. Technically identical to an open-handed hook, power slap or ear slap, the move is directed towards whatever comes into a child’s personal space. A grab is a common assault move used by a much larger person especially when directed towards a child. This is then coupled with a tactical escape, circling in the opposite direction to the grab.