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Three Important Safety Tips Your Child Will Learn Well in Karate Class

By America’s Best Karate Center in El Paso, TX

The instructors and staff at America’s Best Karate Center are well trained and experienced at teaching children and adults a variety of useful skills – self-defense among them – that help them evade and escape potentially dangerous situations, among many  other life-improving benefits.

Parents enroll their children in a reputable Karate program for many different reasons. They know that Martial Arts can help children whoBoy standing proudare overweight, uncoordinated, or lacking in courtesy and discipline. Others want their kids to do better in school (yes, Karate helps kids earn better grades!) Still others bring their kids to our children’s Karate lessons because they want them to become more safety conscious and learn to extricate themselves from potentially harmful scenarios.

Kids’ Karate Programs

Professionally designed Martial Arts programs for children are proven to give them the tools they need to defend themselves, should the need arise. With the harmful effects of bullying in school being documented more frequently and understood more deeply, these are important skills for all ages to possess. Here are three tips that young students learn and rehearse with regularity:


  1. Never Get Close to or Into a Stranger’s Car

Most children are open-minded and impressionable.Child kick up in the airSadly, this innocence often means they are naive, unsuspecting, and especially vulnerable. One of the safety principles Martial Arts instructors instill in is to never approach or get into a stranger’s car or home. Karate kids learn how to politely but forcefully and firmly refuse. If the stranger is more persistent, students know to run away and find a parent or trusted neighbor. Should push come to shove, the training in a kids’ Karate program is specially designed to help them distract, resist, and harm an attacker just well enough to break away and flee to safety.


  1. Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Awareness is another of the main safety tenets Martial Arts instructors instill in a children’s Karate program. Often, avoiding aBoy in a guard stance dangerous situation is as simple as crossing to the other side of a street or staying out of dimly lit areas when walking. Instructors teach all students to travel on well-lit, populated paths when walking home from school or a friend’s house at night.

  1. Strike Quickly and Run for Help

Even the most well-trained students in a kids’ Karate program might have a hard time going toe to toe with an adult assailant. This is why Martial Arts instructors teach techniques proven to stun assailants long enough to break free and escape to safety. At a quality facility, simple combative techniques like elbow strikes to the face, punches to the groin, and jabs to the throat and eyes are practiced (safely) on a regular basis, because when delivered forcefully, they are capable of disabling a much larger opponent long enough to make a good escape.

The lasting, ill effects and widespread nature of bullying are bad enough, but child abduction is a tragedy that no parent wants to experience or allow to occur. Fortunately, the safety tips and techniques instilled in Karate students are known to stave off dangers before they ever materialize.


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