Never too Young to Survive

By Rick Randolph

In Combatives, Kids

March 01, 2013

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In today’s world, your kids might need to be their own bodyguards in an emergency. Parent, police officer and CrossFit Defense coach Rick Randolph explains how to prepare your children for a life-threatening situation.

I play fight with my kids a lot—slap boxing, wrestling them on the bed. The two oldest love it; the baby just paws at my face and giggles. They drop down into fighting stances—fists clenched, hands up—and sneer. My 7-year-old daughter likes to throw a jab-cross-hook combo and finish with a knee. She hit me with it the other day and said, “I’m gonna kick your ass! I mean, butt. Sorry, dad.”

But they also know we are playing and dad is not going all out. They know they can’t beat me in a “real fight.”

It recently occurred to me that I spend all this time coaching other people’s kids on self-defense, and I wondered if I do enough training with my own.

And then came Sandy Hook.

I didn’t know what to tell my kids. That bad guy didn’t care about getting hurt or caught. I thought maybe it was better not to tell them. My boy is a bit of a worrier and an over-thinker. I have found, however, that his worry is often eliminated if he has a plan. So we made one.

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2 Comments on “Never too Young to Survive”

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Excellent article; pertinent, realistic and applicable to anytime and place.

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Great article, sir. Thanks. I sat and discussed the Sandy Hook tragedy with my two oldest (10 and 8 at the time), and framed it in the context of any kind of tragedy or accident that would cause them to be separated from family or teachers. We came to the same conclusions as you and your family, and it still breaks my heart that it had to be mentioned. Always better to have a plan in place and not need it, than have to develop one on the spot in the heat of battle. Fight or flight is fine, but freeze is not.

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