26 Feb 2007 03:54:54
robotiser@googlemail.com
Kendo for a 7 year old?

I'm trying to keep my son interested in sports. He has been swimming
for a while and made good progress, but is losing interest. Though
since my main aim was to get him to be able to swim, he's mostly there
anyway.

I'm thinking about what sort of sport might be appropriate for him.
He's very much into "Star Wars" and waves sticks (and a plastic
lightsabre) around pretending to be a Jedi. There's a Kendo
organisation that meets near me.

Would people think that trying Kendo out might be a good idea?



26 Feb 2007 11:27:22
Herbert Cannon
Re: Kendo for a 7 year old?

Why not Judo?




26 Feb 2007 10:44:25
Shuurai
Re: Kendo for a 7 year old?

On Feb 26, 6:54 am, "roboti...@googlemail.com"
<roboti...@googlemail.com > wrote:
> I'm trying to keep my son interested in sports. He has been swimming
> for a while and made good progress, but is losing interest. Though
> since my main aim was to get him to be able to swim, he's mostly there
> anyway.
>
> I'm thinking about what sort of sport might be appropriate for him.
> He's very much into "Star Wars" and waves sticks (and a plastic
> lightsabre) around pretending to be a Jedi. There's a Kendo
> organisation that meets near me.
>
> Would people think that trying Kendo out might be a good idea?

I kinda doubt it.

Kendo involves a lot of repetitive practice that is frankly going to
bore a seven year old very quickly. For kids that age it's hard to
beat judo.

And if he still likes the sword thing, you could always get yourself a
lightsaber and duel with the lad.



27 Feb 2007 01:38:21
robotiser@googlemail.com
Re: Kendo for a 7 year old?

On Feb 26, 6:44 pm, "Shuurai" <Shuura...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> On Feb 26, 6:54 am, "roboti...@googlemail.com"
>
> <roboti...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> > I'm trying to keep my son interested in sports. He has been swimming
> > for a while and made good progress, but is losing interest. Though
> > since my main aim was to get him to be able to swim, he's mostly there
> > anyway.
>
> > I'm thinking about what sort of sport might be appropriate for him.
> > He's very much into "Star Wars" and waves sticks (and a plastic
> > lightsabre) around pretending to be a Jedi. There's a Kendo
> > organisation that meets near me.
>
> > Would people think that trying Kendo out might be a good idea?
>
> I kinda doubt it.
>
> Kendo involves a lot of repetitive practice that is frankly going to
> bore a seven year old very quickly. For kids that age it's hard to
> beat judo.
>
> And if he still likes the sword thing, you could always get yourself a
> lightsaber and duel with the lad.

My local Kendo kai says that they take students from age 14 on.

He says that he wants to do something stick related at home. I did
karate for a few years and we had some stick fighting sessions there.
I might try buying a few sticks, and getting some very basic drills
from a book or video.



27 Feb 2007 02:23:04
YumYumPandaburger
Re: Kendo for a 7 year old?


robotiser@googlemail.com schreef:
> I'm trying to keep my son interested in sports. He has been swimming
> for a while and made good progress, but is losing interest. Though
> since my main aim was to get him to be able to swim, he's mostly there
> anyway.
>
> I'm thinking about what sort of sport might be appropriate for him.
> He's very much into "Star Wars" and waves sticks (and a plastic
> lightsabre) around pretending to be a Jedi. There's a Kendo
> organisation that meets near me.
>
> Would people think that trying Kendo out might be a good idea?

WTF do you want the kid to be living in with you until he's 39, at
which time he'll assault the upstairs neighbour with a sword??? Well,
do you?



27 Feb 2007 05:20:35
robotiser@googlemail.com
Re: Kendo for a 7 year old?

On Feb 27, 10:23 am, "YumYumPandaburger" <theoriginald...@gmail.com >
wrote:
> WTF do you want the kid to be living in with you until he's 39, at
> which time he'll assault the upstairs neighbour with a sword??? Well,
> do you?

Surely that depends on whom the upstairs neighbour is. If it was a
retired Tony Blair it might all be worth it.




05 Mar 2007 09:15:56
Re: Kendo for a 7 year old?

On Feb 26, 5:54 am, "roboti...@googlemail.com"
<roboti...@googlemail.com > wrote:
>
> Would people think that tryingKendoout might be a good idea?

Been away on business... 7 is pretty young for kendo. It really
depends on your kid and also on the club. If he has a good attention
span and doesn't mind working hard, he can enjoy kendo. It helps if
the club has a seperate kids' class. If they teach the small kids
along with the adults, it really takes a special sort of kid to stick
with it.

I teach kids and have fun doing it, but I don't take anybody under 8
and even at that age a lot of kids aren't mature enough - 10 would be
a better starting age, given my limitations as a kids' instructor.
Some instructors have a real gift for it though - I'd suggest watching
a class and seeing what you think. In general, your son would
probably enjoy judo more.

Neil