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Self-defense for kids a growing trend for a local trainer

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On Halloween night when parents have to pay extra close attention to what their children are doing, a growing number of parents are also taking a proactive approach with self-defense for their kids.

It's no doubt a parent's worst nightmare, their child being abducted or attack by an adult. It can happen and the stories are becoming all too common.

Martial Arts, specifically training called Krav-Maga may offer some defense and a much needed split-second. Matt Robinson from Charleston Krav Maga says the technique is not focused on form but defense.

"We do get a lot of parents who say hey my kid; I don't think he knows how to say no to adults when I'm not around. I don't think they know how to defend themselves if I'm not there."

Some skeptics will ask the question is a small child really going to do enough harm to a grown adult to get away; Robinson says yes and teaches how.

"With kids that age it is big movements, you are talking elbows and knees and kicks to people's vulnerable areas. It's ok to fight back when you can't get away."

Robinson also say it's not all about the physical with his classes, it's also about teaching kids about awareness and staying one step ahead of trouble.

"A lot of times we teach being preemptive, meaning we are not going to wait to be attacked to defend ourselves. We can defend ourselves by being more alert and to our surroundings by drilling in with the kids—where is my safe zones where can I go to be safe?"

As the stories increase about crimes against children there is in increase in younger visitors at Charleston Krav Maga. While there is no real way to pin down the connection, Parents we talked with like Rebekah Gena says it can't hurt.

"The training is awesome they are able to, you know, possibly help themselves. Like I said they get one shot in it could save their life possibly."

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