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#361568 - 09/18/07 11:27 PM Dojo's in my area
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Here is one

http://www.mid-americakarate.com/ Tang soo do

I am starting my son in a formal class of some sort. At six years old I don't think the self defense aspect comes into play much. I know what to look for, but I'd like your input. He needs something to put his mind and body into. I don't get to spend much time with him so I thought this would help us bond more. He is very interested in doing karate.I could teach him,but I think he needs to learn with other kids.

Here's another... http://www.cornerstonekarate.net/ Shotokan, not much info from their website. I contacted them by phone and spoke with the instructor.

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0ge...mp;fr=yfp-t-501

and http://www.acmalowell.com/ Kenpo.

http://www.kuksoolwon-rogers.com/


There are more,but some don't have websites. I'll check those out personally.

Your input is appreciated!!

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#361569 - 09/18/07 11:48 PM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
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Those are mostly Korean arts.

However websites are places where a picture does not equal a 1000 words.

My general take is whatever you enrol him in, it must be something you know something about and can discuss with him in detail and show him something relevant to what he is getting from his formal instructor. The worst that can happen is for him to learn something in class and you couldn't help him with it or show him something different from his class work and he feels confused and either disbelieve you or thinks the instructor is useless. Your background is karate and those schools are Korean.

Another point is at 6, fun is the only element of interest, the serious stuff can come later, if at all.
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#361570 - 09/19/07 12:10 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
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this place might be nearby to you? it looks slightly less commercial (not much less though), but the material might be more interesting and deeper reaching than kawatte classes...

http://malmomartialarts.com/

http://malmomartialarts.com/curriculum.htm

http://malmomartialarts.com/child5-8.htm

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#361571 - 09/19/07 01:03 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: Ed_Morris]
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OGICHIDAAKANA, How the heck do you say that?

Looks like an mma school with weapons and kata?

It's not far from me in Bentonville. I'll check it out too. Thanks!!

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#361572 - 09/19/07 01:56 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
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Brian at 6 the little one should be doing judo..........
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#361573 - 09/19/07 02:10 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: shoshinkan]
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Why do you think that Jim?

Because wrestling is more natural?

There is a Landolt jujitsu academy near here too.

As far as the Malmo place goes, it looks like the guy has been training for fifteen years in about six or seven different styles. I wonder how adept he could be at any one of them. I alos wonder since he teaches groundfighting and kata if one comes from the other,lol.


Edited by BrianS (09/19/07 02:32 AM)
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#361574 - 09/19/07 03:23 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
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for under 12's I simply recomend Judo as it is a very organised combat sport in the UK, really set up well for kids.

I also feel that a few years in Judo does wonders for core stability, strength and timing, also working the grappling range keeps youngsters away from striking as a major option in self defence.

also I see ALOT of karate taught bad to kids, lots of marching, hitting the air (not so good for the joints) and and screaming (not so good for the ears!).

Just my perspective and of course it's in no way definitive.
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#361575 - 09/19/07 03:50 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: shoshinkan]
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Brian at 6 the little one should be doing judo..........




Have to agree here. In my experience, kids love Judo. Kids, especially boys, are going to wrestle anyway. May as well do it in a controlled, safe way.

Every Judo club I have been to always had a huge number of kids... beyond the "norm" of what I seen in other Martial arts classes.

As Judo is usually Randori based, and the kata that is taught is always done with a partner, kids are less likely to lose focus when compared to doing solo kata/forms found in other martial arts IMHO. I've seen many a child turn and start talking to the person next to them during solo forums or start monkeying about because they are restless.

This is just my experience. Ju Jitsu might be a bit formal, and it is hard to find good Ju Jitsu in the Western World in my experience.

http://www.judoinfo.com/contacts/browse2.php?Country=United%20States&State=Missouri

http://www.judoinfo.com/contacts/browse2.php?Country=United%20States&State=Missouri

There are some Judo clubs listed here that are close to you I believe.

Only other advise I would give is stuff you know yourself: See what he likes best.
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#361576 - 09/19/07 08:25 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: BrianS]
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I'll dogpile the Judo bandwagon. Better workout with more functional skill (for that age), and probably safer, too.

Check it out and let us know what you think.
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#361577 - 09/19/07 09:27 AM Re: Dojo's in my area [Re: MattJ]
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Those Judo places are too far from me,but there is one in Springdale. I have contacted them an I'll see what happens.

Thanks all!!
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