self defense in school curriculum
a friend and i were discussing this idea the other day. the general argument for not having self defense classes in a school credit curriculum is that it is "too dangerous". IMO wrestling, football, etc are all just as if not more dangerous and likely for injury. a guy i went to school suffered a life altering spinal injury during wrestling practice for example. self defense offers the same physical benefits as team sports as well as the simple fact that kids would be learning a life skill. what do you think about the idea of putting self defense in schools and how far do you think an online national petition would go to possibly make it happen?
I'd be for it but I doubt it will happen. I can see a ton of lawsuits if the kids in the mma class used the armbar he learned in Mr. Chaz's class and broke the geeky kids arm.
Football and wrestling are optional activities in school programs, would this be the same? If that were the case I think it would be a cool idea, making mandatory i think would provide a lot of problems.
When I was in school, it was offered as an optional PE credit, so the idea is not really a new one. There are, as you alluded to, issues for the school to consider. Liabitliy issues, fear of injury, concerns about image, possible parent complaints, teaching kids skills that could be turned against teachers, and having a skilled teacher (perferably) already on staff. I think the stars kind of have to align for it to happen at any given school, but it does happen.
As far as a petttion, personally, I don't feel like one would carry much weight with most schoolboards. Might be worth a try though.
Down here in Florida many martial arts schools offer after school or enrichment programs to local schools in an effort to enroll the kids into the academy. They often teach for free to garner reputation, and again get students.
i heard in russia that schools might be switching gym classes to sambo classes. why couldn't that happen to me when i was in school.
The only self defense techniques a kid needs to know are the testicle punch and 400m dash