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The risk of training turtles

By Jikishin Kobudo, Aug 21 2015 11:00AM

Four of the Sensei from Jikishin Kobudo entertained visitors today at a packed Royal Armouries Museum by teaching children the defensive martial arts techniques and stances used by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Though Jikishin Kobudo is strictly an adult club and we do not condone teaching weapons to children because weapons are malevolent in construction, we believe that offering them a censored experience of what real defensive martial arts training consists of helps children to contextualise the techniques of the cartoon in the real world and understand that weapons are not toys and the cartoons are ficticious portrayals.


Sensationalising fighting techniques is one of the biggest social problems in western society and leads to many assaults, injuries and deaths due to unrealistic expectations of fighting. We have learned that when we introduce fighting to children it must be done with much careful consideration, if it is to be done at all.

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