Self Defense & Safety Strategies
While one of the primary goals of classes for karate, jiu jitsu or taekwondo in Carlsbad is to improve a person’s self defense skills, we encourage our students to think beyond their martial arts skills to keep themselves safe. While learning karate can help improve safety, there are also other strategies to consider.
Generally speaking, our neighborhoods are fairly safe, but as parents, we are always worrying about our children. One of the best ways to prevent something from happening is to teach a child to be self-aware. This is definitely part of the curriculum for kids learning karate and taekwondo in Carlsbad, but parents can encourage this behavior as well.
When you are walking down the street with your child, encourage them to look around and always be aware of their surroundings. Be aware of people and potential danger areas, such an alley or perhaps a vacant house where a stranger might lurk. Encourage them to walk confidently and walk without texting or wearing headphones. It’s not just strangers that are a danger, a child or teen that isn’t paying attention can trip and fall or even walk out into a busy street.
If your children walk home from school, it can be wise to have them walk in pairs or in a small group. As kids get older and move into their teenage years, they often go to the movies, the mall or other public places with friends. It is important to encourage them to stay together and be aware of their surroundings. If some problem does occur, talk about strategies for dealing with a situation. Obviously if they are enrolled in mixed martial arts or perhaps taekwondo in Carlsbad or in Team MAI karate classes, they will have some good self defense skills. However, they also should know how and where to get help.
It is also a good idea to teach kids how to talk with a stranger. For both younger children and teens, it is best to keep discussions with strangers short and to the point. Obviously, not every stranger is a threat, but your child should never provide personal information about themselves to anyone with whom they aren’t familiar. If someone asks a question, a child or teen can simply respond with “I don’t know,” and keep walking.
Of course, sometimes it’s necessary to speak to strangers. If there is an emergency, it might be necessary for a child to share their name and phone number with an unknown adult, so just encourage your child to ask for help from adults in a public place. If they are at the mall, for instance, have your child ask a cashier for help and stay in the store until a security guard or police officer arrives. Most adults will protect children, but the more public the setting, the safer your child will be.
While younger children, tweens and pre-teens shouldn’t volunteer personal information to strangers, it is important for kids to know their personal information. This includes knowing important phone numbers and their own address. Teach your children how to dial 911 and what to say to 911 operators or simply how to call a trusted family friend or relative in case of emergency. Teach them what to do if they are home alone and there is a fire or earthquake or another type of emergency. Family practice drills can make it much easier for a child to act calmly in case of emergency.
When it comes to self defense, enrolling in taekwondo in Carlsbad, karate in Carlsbad or another type of martial arts, is an excellent option. Not only will the instructors teach the students how to quickly get away from an attacker, we also will teach them how to be aware of their surroundings at all times. We discuss various scenarios and provide them will helpful guidance about what to do in many different situations. Our karate classes also instill a sense of self-confidence in a child or teen and this also can keep them safer. The more confidently a person presents themselves to the world, the less likely it will be that someone will target them.
If you are interested in karate, martial arts or taekwondo in Carlsbad, give us a call. At Team MAI, we offer karate classes for children from ages four all the way to adulthood. Not only can our karate classes improve self-defense skills, they also improve confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline. Karate also is an excellent form of exercise, improving strength, muscle tone, flexibility and overall health.