Re: Too dangerous for children?
I've been teaching the kids class for about 4 years now. Like everyone else I've read joint locks are OK, they are bad, blah, blah blah. I tend to go with kids can do anything and as long as the joint locks are not to applied to hard, they will be fine with it. Three things I do not teach are chokes, finger locks, and elbow locks. Elbows and fingers can be unforgiving and I don't think the kids have the discipline to control Uke in these techniques. Chokes are self explanatory. We have a Dr. in our adults class who specializes in orthopedics. He says there is no proof the joint locks cause any permanent damage, just like in adults, as long as they are not applied too forcefully all the time.