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  1. IronKitten

    IronKitten White Belt

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    I have three kids (7, 5, and 2.5), and I want to encourage them in martial arts for fitness, discipline, confidence, etc. My two oldest have participated in TKD a little back in the midwest, and the 5-yr-old wants to keep at it. However, here in SoCal, there are so many options. Which discipline would give the best base for continuing study (or possibly MMA, down the road)?

    Thanks, and sorry if this is an overdone topic (too lazy to search).
     
  2. nefti

    nefti Red Belt

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    whatever he enjoys the best
     
  3. tysnw

    tysnw Brown Belt

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    IMO Wrestling.

    Not because it's stylistically the best around (one of though), but because of the tough as nails mentality they build.
     
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    fourfif** Banned Banned

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    Wrestling.

    For the reasons stated above, and also consider the possibility of being able to obtain a scholarship and save you the task of coming up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition. 3 kids, 4yrs each, ....:eek:

    didn't mean to scare you but if 2/3 or even one kid gets a free ride, the invesment pays off.
     
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    td82394 Brown Belt

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    Anything, really. If they wanna' do TKD, then let 'em go right ahead. I prefer BJJ and Wrestling, myself, though.
     
  6. IronKitten

    IronKitten White Belt

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    What about for a girl? I know this sounds a little nutty, but my daughter (the 2.5 yr old) wrestles with her brothers, and she instinctively pulls moves on them that you'd think she'd been trained to do. She can take a punch, too (the 5-yr-old got tired of getting crawled on and gave us evidence of this :redface:). P4P, she's the toughest of the three. Are there girl's wrestling programs?

    I don't even want to get into a discussion of title 9 - gah.
     
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    VeprMensch Blue Belt

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    Sambo if you can. But you almost certainly can't.

    Wrestling is good because it gets you in shape and is free. Then they can do BJJ outside of school.
     
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    Yeah Imma Boss White Belt

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    I would say wrestling, and maybe throw in some striking classes, wrestling is not only the best base but wrestlers have te best work ethic.
     
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    boxing.

    harden their soft little asses right up.

    if not boxing then wrestling.

    everything else will teach them how to be pussies
     
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    here in the bay area a former Olympic greco coach (and my juco coach) has an all womens program with some heavy hitting nationally ranked players. Not sure where you are though. Anyway, girls can always do freestyle, no problemo.
     
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    here in the bay area a former Olympic greco coach (and my juco coach) has an all womens program with some heavy hitting nationally ranked players. Not sure where you are though. No college wrestlng for her, but high school? Sure. Anyway, girls can always do freestyle/Greco between now and then, since that's what the other boys will be doing. Get her started now and she'll be a force nationally I bet.
     
  12. Shpala

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    Judo. Aikido.

    Something with more of an gymnastics+balance+PT thing going on.

    Who needs to get kneed and punched at such a young age.

    I don't know anything about BJJ training process, but it seems ok as well.
     
  13. YeahBee

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    Judo has great programs for kids of all ages

    Seems much more catered for everybody then wrestling, they can do that later in school

    BJJ/Striking they can always do when they are older
     
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    judo is great for little kids
     
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    A great wrestling gym if they have them would be kind of original and of course would be extremely useful. I'd have loved to have that or another nice one would be judo.
     
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    At that age especially, pick a coach and a class, not a style.

    Find a place that has a fun program that stresses fundamental skills like balance motor skills and get them in that.
     
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    Wrestling or Judo for those ages.
     
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    Whatever they like. Trust me.

    Motivation is the key aspect at those ages, if they find fun they will do, if they don't you are in for some serious problems when they reach their teens along with the possibility of dropping it altogether.
     
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    My thoughts exactly.
     
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    I agree. When I was young I was a swimming prospect. My parents forced me to swim nearly everyday. I refused to go and did everything I could to stop it. In the end when I was a bit older I got my ass out of it and have only been swimming three times in 4 years now.

    Encouragement is key, not forcing.
     

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