Can your child protect themselves?

As parents, the thought of your child being hurt by a predator is unpleasant and frightening. It is crucial that your child is taught how to protect themselves against child predators. This is just as important as everyday safety measures like wearing their seatbelt. By teaching your child how to avoid possible dangers and threatening situations, you will be empowering them to protect themselves in any circumstances that you are not there to protect them. Kids’ karate classes in Sydney at Pollet’s could be the key to unlocking their confidence and ability to stand up for themselves.

Information and statistics on bullying and stranger danger

Martial arts is one of the best choices a parent can make to prevent their child from becoming a victim of bullying. One in four school children in Australia are victims of bullying according to research conducted by the Australian Federal Government. Bullies often pick victims who they think are easy targets because they appear unsure of themselves, weaker or easily scared. Children who are bullied are three times more likely to show depressive symptoms, says the Centre for Adolescent Health.

Bullying should not be accepted as ‘a normal part of growing up’, it can be damaging and have long term consequences. All children have the right to feel happy and safe. Unfortunately bullying is the fourth most common reason young people seek support from children’s help services.Further research shows that children as young as three can become victims of bullying.

Research conducted by South Australia and Victoria State Governments’ specifies that bullies often target:

  • The small and young who cannot easily defend themselves
  • Those who react quickly by getting upset and crying
  • Children who are not ‘sporty’ and do not perform well at school
  • Those who are socially anxious or shy.

Little Tigers Program (2 years to 6 year olds)

Pollet’s Martial Arts Centre runs Little Tigers kids’ karate classes 5 days a week, Monday – Friday 4:00pm to 4:30pm.

The skills taught to children in Karate permeates throughout their day to day lives. They will be more focused, disciplined, alert and have a better overall attitude.

The syllabus for this program:

  • ‘Stranger Danger Awareness’
  • ‘Self Defense’ Routines (Stop, Get Back)
  • ‘Bully Busting’
  • Fire Hazard Situation (Get down low and Go Go Go!)
  • Develop confidence and build respect for themselves and others
  • Following set routines and understanding discipline
  • Co-ordination and balance- Memory retention
  • Fun and fitness in a safe environment.

Kids Karate, Self Defense and Jiu Jitsu Classes (7 years to 14 year olds)

Self Defense, Jiu Jitsu and Kids Karate Classes are run 6 days per week. Monday – Friday 4:30pm – 5:30pm and Saturday mornings 9:30am – 10:30am

At Pollet’s Martial Arts Centre, we work with parents to ensure we are bringing out the best in their child. The information and statistics on bullying and stranger danger listed above shows parents how they have the power to help their child overcome any adversity they may face during the crucial early stages of their schooling.

We strongly believe in our programs and would recommend every child does some form of martial art. Above and beyond the many physical benefits gained from martial arts and learning self-defence techniques are the psychological and behavioural benefits. Students of martial arts develop improved concentration; a sense of serenity and a deep respect for themselves and others.

Our kids’ karate programs can help your child:

  • Learn to defend themselves in a safe environment
  • Have the confidence to say ‘NO’ in an uncomfortable situation
  • Have respect for themselves, their family and friends
  • Learn to set goals and have the patience whilst they are being reached.
  • Understand they are unique and to measure their ‘own’ progress by becoming healthier, faster, and stronger compared to yesterday.

Have a strong mindset and understand we all face set backs in our lives and by choosing to get back up again and progress forward will make us much stronger and help to reach our goals. These programs developed by Hanshi Ian Pollet were designed to “infuse the basics of karate with ‘Stranger Danger Awareness’ ‘Bully Busting’ and helping the children to become fit and strong” he says. “Students will learn how to use their energy in a positive manner, help their parents more around the house and most importantly, to be happy.”