Regularly, parents ask us about self-defence classes for their 5-6-year- old kids. A 5-6-year-old does not need self-defence classes. Parents need it. Parents are their children first responders!
A 5-year-old needs outdoor sport activities, to play with his friends and to build his immune system.
5-6 years old is too young to have to be concerned about matters of self-defence. A 5-year-old can benefit greatly from any sport, in many ways, such as discipline, humility, physical and mental fitness, team work, coordination, respect for other human beings, and a stronger sense of confidence. Martial arts can be one of these sports, but please, stop calling it self-defence!
Are you looking for an activity for your 5-year-old? One of the healthiest activities and a skill for life is swimming. Teach them how to swim. Then, sometimes when they’re between 7 and 8 years old, register them for real self-defence classes.
Meanwhile, as parents, you should teach them the basics of personal safety such as:
- Staying close to you when you are running errands in a shopping center.
- Building their own personal boundaries.
- Safety around strangers.
A reminder for parents:
We believe that, as parents, you should at least have:
- A family emergency plan at home.
- A basic first aid certification.
- An emergency kit in your car, including amongst other things: a fire extinguisher, a blanket, a first aid kit.
Who are your children’s first responders?
- NOT the government,
- NOT the Canadian Ministry of Education,
YOU, the parents, are the first responders!