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Tae Kwon Do or Judo for a 6 year old?

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Our city recreational center is offering both Judo and Tae Kwon Do for Emma's age group. I think it might be good for her. But which one? What's the difference?
post #2 of 15
We did Tae Kwon Do and, while I am a huge fan of the martial arts, a LOT depends on your instructor.

I ended up taking the boys out after a few months when they would NOT stop doing the kicking and the "hiiiii - YAH" crap at each other constantly.

I will probably sign them up again when they are a bit older and understand that TKD is for in the studio ONLY and not for trying to attack each other at every turn.

It may be different for you... my kids tend to be rather, um... spirited
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Originally Posted by Sisyphus View Post
We did Tae Kwon Do and, while I am a huge fan of the martial arts, a LOT depends on your instructor.

I ended up taking the boys out after a few months when they would NOT stop doing the kicking and the "hiiiii - YAH" crap at each other constantly.

I will probably sign them up again when they are a bit older and understand that TKD is for in the studio ONLY and not for trying to attack each other at every turn.

It may be different for you... my kids tend to be rather, um... spirited

Maybe that's what Emma needs. I have a very meek, shy, princessy pink girl. I love her, but I want to offer her tools and opportunities to be something other than a fairy or a damsel in distress, you know?
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Our city recreational center is offering both Judo and Tae Kwon Do for Emma's age group. I think it might be good for her. But which one? What's the difference?
They are both good choices, but I would choose tae kwon do because it is an Olympic sport and if she ever so desires and excels, there are many opportunities to compete.

Tae kwon do also relies more on lower body strength (kicks), which makes me think it would be the better choice for a girl since we don't have the same level of upper body strength that the boys do.
post #5 of 15
Judo.

I like TKD. However, I very much believe that it may give a girl a false sense of security. If a girl is ever needing to defend herself, kicking is unlikely to be a useful skill.
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I would choose tae kwon do because it is an Olympic sport and if she ever so desires and excels, there are many opportunities to compete.

Tae kwon do also relies more on lower body strength (kicks), which makes me think it would be the better choice for a girl since we don't have the same level of upper body strength that the boys do.
Judo is an Olympic sport, too.

And I think Judo is an excellent choice for women - the throws, joint locks, and submission holds you learn are effective against larger bodies. They rely on manipulation, not brute strength.

Martial arts depend entirely on the instructor, so I'd see if I could visit both classes.
post #7 of 15
Is Aikido an option? It's an offensive martial art, you can't just use it to 'kick @**'. Otherwise, TKD is wonderful as well.....good luck...
post #8 of 15
I took Judo from the age of 5 until I was about 9 and we moved. I loved it. I also loved the intsructor and agree that that made all the difference.
post #9 of 15
women and girls have stronger lower bodies, thus tkd is great for us. i did tkd throughout my pg and loved it. I would recommend TKD (providing the teacher is good) because she may not like the 'up close and personal' aspect of throws and locks etc.. of judo.
post #10 of 15
It *really* depends on the instructor. Can you go watch the classes, and maybe let your daughter try them before signing her up?

I have belts in two arts, and it is my opinion that martial arts, as taught for sport in the U.S., are not self defense. If I were to be assaulted at any time, the circumstances would differ wildly from the circumstances in any dojo (where people I know offer me the opportunity to practice my skills while we all try not to hurt each other). Martial arts can be great fun, and a wonderful experience for your daughter, but you should be wary of anyone who promises that she will learn to defend herself against strangers who might attack her.
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And I think Judo is an excellent choice for women - the throws, joint locks, and submission holds you learn are effective against larger bodies. They rely on manipulation, not brute strength.
I absolutely agree with this.

Ds took Judo when he was that age, and he loved it. Of course, so much depends on the teacher.

If you aren't able to watch classes before signing up, you might go to YouTube and type in "Judo class" and "Tae Kwon Do class." That will give you a good idea of the differences....
post #12 of 15
My ds has been in TKD since he was 4 (he's 6 1/2 now) and I agree that it depends on the instructor. Our instructor is patient, firm and stresses alot of the other aspects like the tenets (and how they apply in everyday life), focusing your energy, breathing and meditating. I see my ds stopping himself when he is in a stressful situation and closing his eyes to focus or remember a tenet (like self control)....
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I have belts in two arts, and it is my opinion that martial arts, as taught for sport in the U.S., are not self defense.
That's such an important point. TKD & Judo are both "sport" martial arts, at least at most schools. Judo is the sport form of ju-jitsu.

My discipline is Parker's American Kenpo. It's a very practical type of ma, rooted in self-defense and street situations. There *are* schools out there that offer practical self-defense.

I guess I'd ask what you want for your daughter? Self-confidence, discipline, fun, exercise? Great - TKD and judo would both be great for that (assuming good instructors), though I'd favor judo. At the tournament circuit I run on, there are plenty of little girls in the grappling divisions. So. freaking. cute.
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Is Aikido an option? It's an offensive martial art, you can't just use it to 'kick @**'. Otherwise, TKD is wonderful as well.....good luck...
I think you meant Aikido is defensive. DD1 started out in TKD, but we pulled her out quickly because of the volume and military nature (Yes, sir! etc.). Aikido focuses on defending yourself without hurting the other individual (or inflicting the minimum pain/damage necessary). DD1 is only in pee-wee, but we occasionally see a 7-?? class and it's far from wussy.
post #15 of 15
My son does TKD and love it. I picked it because it's close and he has a good instructor. If judo was closest and had a good instructor I'd have chosen that. If I were you, I'd call and ask if you can have her attend the first class of each while you watch the instructor, or if you can watch a class from this semester before signing up for next. If that doesn't work then I'd probably try the one that's got the best time.
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