Can a Child Really Fight an Adult?
Basic truth is simple. It is extremely unlikely a child could fight off an adult, even with years of martial arts training.
A child is a soft and easy target. An elementary school child would be hard pressed to fight off an adult attacker, especially an angry or determined abuser or abductor.
Except in the rarest of cases, children will not be able to punch or kick or grapple their way out of a fight with an adult. Let’s face it. When a small child punches or kicks you, it does not hurt to the point of incapacitation. OK, maybe groin or eyes could be effective targets, but those shots are way up high for small kids, and determined adults expecting resistance may endure moderate pain under the driving intent to beat or kidnap a child.
So true self defense training for a child cannot be about pounding a bag, slamming kicks into air shields, whipping arm locks on, or winning a trophy in a martial arts contest, no matter how “cool” some teacher or a few kids might think that looks. Real self defense needs a radically different approach than miniaturized adult combat training.
There are many things children can learn to be better prepared to defend themselves. That’s where we come in with our visionary SKH Quest To-Shin Do self defense training. Because of our ninja philosophical background, ours is a completely different approach to teaching children how to deal with abduction and attack attempts. Our ninja taihenjutsu evasion escape training provides honest methods for surprising and confusing an attacker so a child can get away and find safety.
Would you agree that most kids are not cuttingly aggressive by nature? Adults intimidate them and children are often conditioned to obey adult commands. Our program lessons take into account the reality that kids will be confused by adult confrontation, and we help kids learn effective ways to avoid abduction or abuse.
Of course our To-Shin Do taijutsu strikes and dodges and takedowns do work well when the schoolyard bully goes too far. But when it comes to an adult abducting or beating a child, an entirely different set of strategies, tactics, and skills are needed. Our unique ninja history provides the best thinking and acting responses to increase the likelihood of your child getting home happy and healthy.
– An-shu Stephen K. Hayes