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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

This isn't a question about martial arts, it's a question about parenting. This answer is going to feel judgemental, for the simple reason that it is judgemental about anyone uttering the sentence &...
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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

A lot of it depends on your goals (and possibly also those of your daughter). Is she in the sport for fun? For physical health? Self defense? Stuntperson training? Scholarships? National acclaim? ...
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Teaching ukemi to children

Teaching children in Judo for 13 years now and having made an instructor's license, I will try to pin it down to some principles (as concrete lessons may be established, but are dependent on the group)...
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If I'm 12 and a white belt, what belt will I be when I turn 18?

I talk about this in more detail in my answer here: What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking at age 16 after 11 yrs experience? The answer is that most BJJ schools will automatically convert (without ...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

I've been in your instructor's position a few times, and I've threatened to demote. But I recognize that taking away a belt can be detrimental in several ways (call me a snowflake if you want). ...
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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

I am in the ATA, and here is what I tell the kids when I judge them. The scores tell a story. The person to the right of the center judge (As they sit in the chairs) is the upper body. Blocks, strikes,...
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Child belt demotion for forgetting kata

Please see this other question which asks something similar, but with a 3 year old: Is my 3 year's old reprimand experience in karate today par for the course? Now as for your 9 year old ...
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Is my 3 year's old reprimand experience in karate today par for the course?

I'll answer this question from the perspective of a dad and a former martial arts instructor. Your kid is like a lot of other kids it sounds like. It's normal at this age (3 years old) for kids to ...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

I will give a bit of a different opinion here even though this already has an accepted answer pointing in the other direction. I think this is wrong. Not so much in the legal sense as Sean Duggan ...
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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

Here's what I've noticed about myself and with others growing up with Taekwondo. Winning is often rare in the beginning. And red belt is still pretty much beginner level, although you probably think ...
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As an instructor, how to deal with complaining parents?

Possibly both choices, you need to change a bit and parents need to shut up more. Some instructors deal with this by not allowing outsider spectators in class, but I think this method is a lazy cover ...
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As an instructor, how to deal with complaining parents?

I'm going to tell you how we used to handle teaching large classes. Generally the way we handled classes of any size is to have the beginning and the end of the class whereby everyone has lined up and ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

I'll give an answer from a completely different point of view. A child who undergoes the stresses of joint locks are subject to the manifestations of injury as described in Bankuei's answer, I have ...
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Is my 3 year's old reprimand experience in karate today par for the course?

I'd like to preface anything that I say with the caveat that we are not present in your school, and we don't know the policy of the head instructor/school owner when it comes to things like taking ...
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Why do kids have different belts in BJJ?

Judo also has a different system for kids. I think it's because kids lose interest if they aren't getting promotions frequently.
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Why do kids have different belts in BJJ?

There are actually a few reasons that kids get different belts. Here are a few: You are supposed to have the body of an adult before you are able to get your blue belt or anything higher. Kids ...
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How can I judge the quality of my son's BJJ/MMA coaching?

As a licenced instructor who has worked with children for over 20 years, I'd like to differentiate between things that are "normal" and things that are "questionable", at least in ...
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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

YMMV, but I have found competitions generally to be fund-raisers. Judges can even favor their own students. It isn't necessarily a measure of the competitors abilities. What did YOU, objectively, ...
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Child belt demotion for forgetting kata

The implicit question is: is your grandson's punishment disproportionate to his mistake? Well, consider that if you're not seeing eye-to-eye with the instructor, one possibility is that your ...
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If I'm 12 and a white belt, what belt will I be when I turn 18?

From a Judo perspective, the answer is "it depends". The yellow belt is next to the white belt, so it's very probable you could achieve the yellow belt in a short period of time, if and only if you ...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

I don't think you can categorically judge taking a belt away in response to a behavioral situation as appropriate or not, anymore than you can judge throwing a roundhouse kick in response to a combat ...
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What adult BJJ belt would a junior blue belt receive upon turning 16?

This explains how it works pretty well (for the IBJJF) IBJJF graduation system In short, you can become a blue or purple belt at age 16. You can't get brown until 18, or black before 19.
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Teaching ukemi to children

In my Judo class, we do what we call "Ukemi competion": we assign every Ukemi a number and whenever the insctructor shouts that number, everybody has to excecute the fall. The last one to execute it ...
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