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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Our Kids' Program: What Does it Cover?

Overview
Our kids program follows the curriculum as set out by the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) in Tel Aviv.  It is a standardized high quality program for every country we teach kids.

Levels
The kids program is organized into 5 levels.  Kids(K)1 to Kid(K)5.   Overall, the programs are similar to the adult Practitioner (P)1 to P5.   Differences are based on age appropriateness   Young children do not practice knife defenses whereas adults do - for example.

Goals
All training develops awareness, safety, and encourages students to have fun while improving their overall fitness.


Structure of Each Level
The curriculum is divided into different "families", similar to the adult curriculum.  Each level builds upon the previous.

Stances: Students learn to protect when they are ready, caught by surprise, standing, sitting, on the ground... Stances are also important because they teach students to be ready so they are more prepared in the event of a physical attack.  "Hands up" also signals to an aggressor to stay away and can also attract the attention of others who might help.

Strikes and strike defenses: Using your arms and legs to protect yourself.  Krav Maga is different than competitive systems, for example, because Krav Maga includes strikes/defenses to all directions and distances.  Why?  In real life an aggressor (or aggressors) are not always standing directly in front of you.

Escaping holds: Wrist releases, escaping chokes, abduction prevention....  Kids learn to evade grabs but also learn how to use leverage and in more serious situations, strikes, to escape.

Protecting Against Falls: Falling on slippery surfaces(ice), being pushed - how to fall safely.  Level 1 teaches how to be safe when pushed against a wall.  Later levels teach falls to the ground.

Defending on the Ground:  Defending and escaping while being held on the ground.... There is light wrestling to teach kids how to use their bodies to not be pinned on the ground and to escape.

Multiple Aggressors: Tactics to avoid being surrounded, how to get distance and escape.  In Level 1 we teach this skills in an exercise we call the "Zombie Game."

Common Objects: Kids learn how to use everyday objects to protect themselves.  Level 1 focuses on shield like objects such as back packs.

These "families" as we call them establish a foundation that give kids the awareness and physical tools to be safe.  Each level builds upon the previous and we consistently review the fundamentals.

Feel free to contact us with any questions!


  

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto
torontokrav@rogers.com
416-657-1028
Ikmftoronto.com