Kids Krav Maga | Martial Arts Classes for Kids
Martial Arts classes for kids vary is style. The term Martial Arts is generic. We teach our kids Krav Maga. Our Kids Krav Maga program, like other Martial Arts classes for kids, follows a progressive developmental sequence. However, unlike perhaps other martial arts classes, Verbal Self Defense is key components of our Kids Krav Maga program.
Verbal Self Defense is a system of communication used for bully prevention. It teaches our youth proven conflict resolution strategies, like how to use word deflectors, how to establish S.A.F.E.R. lines, and how to uphold one’s dignity while actively engaged in verbal de-escalation.
Though the system teaches conflict resolution strategies aimed to de-escalate, Verbal Self Defense first and foremost builds character. Classes for kids help our youth internalize why certain behavior is unacceptable, when action becomes a moral obligation rather than a moral preference, and how to respond effectively while maintaining dignity in the process.
The structure and content of our kids classes is age appropriate. All Krav Maga based martial arts classes for kids follow a routine consisting of a warm up, lesson, and drills. The distinctions among levels varies depending on age.
For our Little Ninja students (ages 4-6) , there is a focus on gross motor skills including balance and coordination. Curriculum jargon is modified and suitable for young children. Instructors teach and model the principles of a black belt: Modesty, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit.
Our Young Warrior students (ages 7-10) continue to develop Krav Maga techniques through the introduction of additional skills, and demonstration and practice in order to refine techniques. Though kids are learning the same techniques taught to adults, the curriculum jargon remains modified.
Young Paladins (ages 11 and up) will continue to learn and develop additional Krav Maga techniques. Positive images and expectations continue to be incorporated in a monthly rotation of character development. This curriculum is intensified as older children come to understand the reality of what can happen in a challenging world where some people may intend to do harm. They learn to defend themselves in an appropriate manner when faced with a variety of potential scenarios.
Verbal Self Defense | Character Development Principles
Verbal Self defense is a principle based system and like any system, the various components (principles) work together to achieve the desired outcome – an amicable resolution, or at least more favorable one, obtained through voluntary compliance, without the use of force. Below you’ll find a listing of the basic principles discusses in our kids Krav Maga classes.
The Bully Cycle
Re-Directing Abusive Language
The 5 Steps to Persuasion
The Tactical Meet and Greet
“Hi Pat, I wanted to pass on the above link and suggest that it be added to United Way’s database of anti-bullying, assertiveness training and self-esteem building resources. Last Tuesday, Davide Gristina Westchester’s “Bully Expert”, provided the second of two pro-bono trainings for our foster parents in his unique approach to bullying prevention; Verbal Judo. Davide is a dynamic and engrossing presenter and was extremely well-received by the attendees. This training has also been presented to local school districts and crisis responders/negotiators. Located in Somers, his center is convenient for both Westchester and Putnam residents. With the new school year upon us, this is a valuable resource for both parents and professionals.”
“Thanks so much for helping to coordinate Krav Maga session! I know it took some time. The kids loved it! Davide was really really excellent. It was awesome!!”
“I just wanted to tell you that Hannah really loved the Krav Maga session last night. She came home so enthusiastic and wanting to show us all her new moves… I did want to let you know that from my point of view it was worth it.”
“On Sunday Ryan and I were playing catch with a football. I don’t how it got started, but we began horsing around and I put a light headlock on him. I them told him to use his Krav Maga moves to get out. Ryan did so very impressively! We then ran through some other scenarios (choke behind with/without a push and a couple of others), and I thought he was excellent! Thank you to all of the instructors who have been working with Ryan. It’s great to see that he can apply what he’s learned!”
“My son and I had a wonderful time. Amazing Instructors and we loved the whole atmosphere at your gym. Everybody is so friendly and helpful, but very motivated and dedicated at the same time.”
“You are great at what you do and you have made such an impact on Aidan’s life. Writing the review made me realize how grateful I am for you and your program. Thank you so very much.”