Martial Arts for 4.5 year old

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Martial Arts for 4.5 year old

Post by InTheBlue » Sun, 02 Jan 2011 12:17 pm

Can anyone recommend a martial art for a 4 and half year old in the East Coast?

I am really looking for a martial art that is Judo/Jujitsu or based around those as they seem to be more relevant with rolling etc than Taekwondo which is based on kicking people off horses!!!

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Post by nakatago » Sun, 02 Jan 2011 12:28 pm

What exactly are your goals for your child to learn martial arts? Having studied several, I know from experience that a lot of schools purport that studying theirs would let a person do something...which won't most of the time.

Could you elaborate more about the rolling relevance? Judo and jujitsu look better than striking arts but they'll be useless in self-defense when an assailant would have buddies. Real taekwondo is amazingly effective but unfortunately is diluted by the mass-marketed and watered down "franchise."

But for discipline or a cultural/art experience, either would be ok; just don't get lulled into a false sense of security that the child would know self-defense.

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Post by InTheBlue » Sun, 02 Jan 2011 1:28 pm

What I am looking for is to give my 'spirited' child something to focus on in terms of a martial that gives discipline, fitness and confidence at the right time.

I thing rolling and knowing how to fall are particularly useful in early and later life.

I am not too concerned about him having to learn about 'fighting' as such yet as will progress to that later when he is ready.

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Post by nakatago » Sun, 02 Jan 2011 2:01 pm

Aah, that makes much more sense now.

FWIW, you may try giving these people a call: http://www.singaporejudo.org.sg/aboutus.htm

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Post by InTheBlue » Sun, 02 Jan 2011 6:19 pm

Thanks for your help. :)

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Post by sgnyc65 » Mon, 03 Jan 2011 8:10 pm

My son who is 3 years old does Wishu (type of martial arts) at Ch'i Life Studio at the Orchard Hotel Gallery - he loves it!

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Post by InTheBlue » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 1:36 pm

sgnyc65, I have a friend who's son also does it there but in private lessons on a Saturday. Will look at it further.

Do you have a website for them or contact name?

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Post by InTheBlue » Fri, 15 Apr 2011 9:53 am

Well he is doing Taekwando and seems to be enjoying it so we will see how it goes.

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Post by nakatago » Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:39 am

InTheBlue wrote:Well he is doing Taekwando and seems to be enjoying it so we will see how it goes.
Just don't let him get lulled into a false sense of security, i.e. he actually knows self defense and could hold up to a mugging type of security,* and your kid should be fine. Think of it of him learning a sport with a more spiritual and cultural bent.

*I'm not dissing Taekwondo jins but c'mon guys, you know what I'm talking about. I've discussed this with a taekwondo teacher several times already and he admits to the 'watering-down due to a franchise business model' thing.

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