Your guide to pre-school martial arts classes

Contrary to popular belief, martial arts training actually works to help children avoid conflict, and many of the various martial art styles work on a principle of respect, honour and friendship.

Some martial arts clubs will have their own individual classes and programmes for young children, before moving onto a class that includes actual martial arts training. Here, they’ll be introduced to activities that will help develop certain physical and mental skills, such as goal-setting, discipline, focus and balance, that are needed for mainstream martial arts classes.Judo

Judo consists of lots of grappling and throwing techniques, similar to wrestling, which are scored by a referee. For young children, a more play-based version of full Judo is normally introduced with a focus on learning basic techniques and skills such as falling. This will help teach your child the basics of Judo as a sport and aid them if they decide to progress and work towards grading.

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Judo is a very physical and safe activity, with lots of movements so attending a class will allow your child to learn the sport in a safe and controlled environment. Training will also focus on mental development and instilling moral codes within your child.Tae Kwon Do

Literally translated as ‘the way of the foot and the fist’, your child will be encouraged to learn the basics of Tae Kwon Do by practising kicks and footwork. Young children work on non-contact sparring techniques and fitness levels.

Patterns of movement will also be taught which will allow your child to perform moves solo or with a group of fellow students. Classes will be a balance of fun and discipline, and will be dynamic to meet the attention span of the average pre-schooler. Games will also be included to help the learning process.

School Safety Data Shows Rising Concerns

Motorola Solutions has released the findings of its 2023 K-12 School Safety Report which captured sentiments from 1,000 K-12 parents and 1,000 K-12 educators across the United States. The timely research reveals the most pressing concerns for those closest to school safety and highlights their perceptions about emergency preparedness plans, communication practices, school safety technologies and training for teachers and students. The new data shows that 67% of both parents and teachers are much more concerned about school safety now than they were five years ago, even as 73% of parents and 80% of teachers are confident that their school’s emergency response plans are effective. 

“School safety is top of mind for parents and educators alike, with both groups expressing concerns about mental health issues, bullying and active shooter situations,” said Todd Piett, vice president of Rave Mobile Safety at Motorola Solutions. “Ensuring that school personnel and families are aware of proactive planning practices, the notification methods employed by schools, technologies in place to thwart and report emergencies and school protocols for when incidents occur will not only help to alleviate worries, but ultimately improve safety outcomes.” 

Key findings from the report include:

Safety and preparedness plans are key to gaining parents’ and teachers’ trust: When looking at schools, parents and teachers both rank school safety as a critical factor (66% for parents, 72% for teachers). 

School Safety Training for Teachers

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For more information, educators should visit the TEA website, TNEA.org, or the SafetyinSchools website, SafetyinSchools.com.

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