Ok, so I'll just get right into it... I live with my nephews and I've finally convinced my sister to get my eldest nephew into a martial arts because he has been dealing with some older kids picking on him at school. Nothing too serious yet, thankfully. Hasn't came home with bruises and hasn't been in a situation where he's had to physically defend himself. But I think it's vital for him to have the knowledge and skill of what to do, God forbid a situation like that does arise. So some background on him... He's 9, going on 10. He has a lanky frame, long legs and is quite athletic from years of playing baseball. Because of his background in little league... he doesn't have much of a problem working with others-but he does have a problem with respect and discipline. He lacks the empathy that I'd like to see him begin to form at this stage of his life. I've considered a grappling martial art because of the merit system and levels of belt achievements you have to work through. Which I think would be good for his competitive nature. Judo, particularly... but given his lanky frame, I figured he simply may not have the right body type for it. And I want to play towards his strengths. The one thing that did appeal to me the most about Judo and Jiu Jitsu is that it's not simply about the reliance of your bodily ability, and technique but also your ability to fight against another's bodily force and in turn, the development and understanding of bodily mechanics. Which I feel is important in any fight. But again, given his length, especially his legs. I figured Tae Kwon Do or Muay Thai would be the best option. So I'm wondering if anyone in a similar situation with a child or who has had personal experience with this sort of issue wants to help with some advice, given the things I've shared. As well as any recommendations for good martial art establishments in the LA area. I'd prefer it to be closer to the East side, but I'm obviously willing to travel for the right place for my nephew. I'd prefer a place with a good history in training children from an early age. As well as a healthy environment... (Clean mats, good trainers, racial and gender integration) I'm not looking to get him into a place that will put an emphasis on "fun." At this point, he has enough fun at baseball and with his little brothers. He needs a self reliant physical outlet. He needs to become more confident with his body and his ability. And more than anything, he needs to learn self control. Thanks for any help everyone. And it's much appreciated. I hope I posted this in the right section (I'm still pretty new to this site) And I hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day. Thank you to those who served.