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Old 05-24-2006, 08:04 AM   #20
DonMagee
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Re: Too dangerous for children?

At NAGA last weekend I watched hundreds of children from ages 6 to 17 competiing with chokes, armbars, wrist locks, elbow and shoulder attacks, etc. Not a single one of them was hurt. In judo they restrict these techniques until you are in your teens, but in bjj they do not. Leg and ankle attacks are restricted though, even in novice adults because you have to learn what the danger feels like. By the time you feel pain in a knee bar you have already done damage to your knee, same with a heel hook. So I say teach your kids chokes, armlocks, wrist locks, etc. Its perfectly fine. Just teach them how to do the locks with restraint. And make sure you keep it fun.

- Don
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