The NKM 'Krav 4 Kids' programme was developed by the IKMF as part of the self-defence programmes within the Civilian sector of Krav Maga.
The programme covers areas of self-defence of particular concern to those under-14. It includes dealing with awareness, kidnapping, stranger-danger and anti-bullying amongst other training concepts. Krav Maga programmes are amongst the best and most relevant self-defence programmes in the world for under-14’s as they are specifically designed taking into account the physicality and mentality of children and teenagers.
The training also aims to improve their self-esteem, in addition to building confidence, respect and discipline. The Krav 4 Kids programme uses Krav Maga games to help develop co-ordination, learn to follow directions, increase assertiveness and subconsciously build the technical movements that are involved in executing the Krav Maga techniques.
Parents are encouraged to watch and sometimes participate in the classes; as a key element of kids' and teens' self-defence is building a mutual understanding of situations and danger between family members. NKM considers this a key strength of the kids self-defence programmes offered through the IKMF.
Students in the Krav 4 Kids programme learn a lot about commitment and endurance. Krav Maga teaches them to appreciate and be proud of their achievements when learning a new technique or passing their grade test. They get a true sense of the path they are on and their progress and they realize that no goal is impossible. We teach kids and junior students that they should always strive to win through the Krav Maga games and the mindset instilled in training – we teach them that winning, in the context of self-defence, is to be applauded and should always be the goal.
Jamie Birtles is the current Kids Instructor at NKM. It continues to be his favourite class to teach and enjoys seeing the rapid development that occurs in the Krav 4 Kids classes. He sometimes wonders if he has more fun teaching this class than the students!
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