Welcome to our 9-15 years old junior self defence program. An age where innocence begins to erode as the reality of everyday life threats begins to hit home. Playground bullying and youth violence start to become more common. Parents and teachers cannot be there all the time to offer protection, hence the need to develop awareness and abilities to self defend.
From the age of 9 years old onwards the topic of self defence takes a different turn compared to younger years. Threats become more serious. The topic of bullying rises to the top of parental concerns... and children's too. The move to secondary school becomes a big step and with it comes a different type of playground scenarios. As children go through their early teenage years, they become very self aware which is often driven by peer pressure. They begin to behave like adults and expect to be treated like ones... which is understandable. However, their naivety and abilities to evaluate consequences can only mature with age and experience. To mitigate these risks we believe it's important to upgrade their understanding of danger and develop their abilities to defend themselves.
If you are concerned about: your child's self confidence; impending move to secondary school; bullying (told and untold); youth violence; children going out more often on their own; naivety when it comes to dating... then it's time to consider a more realistic form of self defence.
What we do?
Build self confidence
Through learning self defence and playing aggression games.
Help children become aware of their surroundings and steer clear of dangerous situations.
Teach essential self defence
Tailored Krav Maga syllabus that’s proven to work over decades.
Yes we get serious, but we have to have fun in order to maximise their learning.
Develop essential life skills
We don’t believe it’s optional when it comes to considering self defence as a life skill.
Words from a parent...
Prior to joining up with Carpe Diem my kids were the conventional, shy, conservative and reserved duo that would be easily intimidated or overwhelmed by aggressive situations and large groups of people.
Over 2 years into our journey and they now literally bound into training, ready to mix it with the bigger kids! This newfound confidence is not reserved to just Krav but serves to support them at school and in everyday life. More importantly their situational awareness radar is everyday and they have real confidence in their ability. Recently en-route into training and without warning Haitham grabbed my son in a bear hug and asked him what could he do to escape. Instinctively he twisted Haitham’s fingers back whilst simultaneously simulating the intent to bite. A proud dad, if a little worried that my son had damaged poor Haitham!
Haitham and his team are truly adept at covering the Krav Maga syllabus by relying on intelligent subliminal delivery. Importantly the kids have fun whilst absorbing techniques that will ultimately, in time become the norm. I marvel from the side-lines as the instructors cleverly develop the session ensuring that they always culminate in a particular technique being mastered by the close of the lesson.
I sleep soundly at night as a parent knowing that your child has the awareness, confidence and capability to keep themselves safe.
We accept our junior members into our program as children but choose to view them as young adults, because essentially that's what they are. Not only do they want to be treated as adults but often violent attackers would target them as vulnerable adults. Violent threats and bullying are becoming more common for children in secondary school. The first form defence is to stop being a target or behaving like one. Building self confidence and being able to project it externally becomes paramount In our program we also focus on building defences against relevant attacks and the ability to fight back with aggression.
Where Krav Maga was created, nurtured and continues to be developed, children and teenagers have been successfully taught the system for over four decades. Countless parents enrol their children into sport programs and after school clubs to build their confidence, improve fitness and have fun. Krav Maga can offer your child the additional vital ingredient of learning self defence.
Junior Krav Maga is taught in a fun learning environment with the right appropriate dose of reality thrown in. We teach junior children how to avoid dangerous situations when possible and how to effectively defend themselves. The system consists of realistic self defence techniques that are effective against both young peers and adult assailants. In addition to making the techniques instinctive, we pay equal focus to the thinking process behind them: when to use a technique; when not to; what’s the right thing to do in a given situation. If you are concerned about your child’s safety, Krav Maga training will give you peace of mind, especially when you are not with them.
Our Junior program has a simple grading system designed to reward children accomplishments, monitor their progress and motivate them to achieve more. There is no extra costs for our gradings... no hidden cost either. We run them in class time and invite the parents to watch how their children are progressing.