Re: Laser Tag, How about TKD
Bob Morehead (rmorehead@NLS.NET)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:35:58 -0400
Bill Deady wrote:
>The free class will include some demonstrations, some
>basic Tae Kwon Do techniques and some self defense. What says the list
>this? Is this an "approved" activity? BTW, the cubs will NOT be
>BTW, don't mean to insult anyone's intelligence, but just in case you
>know, Tae Kwon Do is Korean karate.
The Guide to Safe Scouting, the final arbiter on such things, forbids
all martial arts except Judo and Aikido. Apparently, it's a liability
thing. Since the "hard style" arts (Karate, Jujitsu, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon
Do, etc.) involve punches and kicks, there is a greater potential for
injury. Judo and Aikido are "soft style" arts, redirecting the
opponents own strength against them and employing only locks, holds and
throws. While being thrown can certainly hurt, (personal experience;
I've studied Aikido; six weeks on crutches; long story; don't want to
talk about it ;)) a boy is less likely to be injured this way than by
practicing punches and kicks; young kids don't always have the required
coordination to "pull" their punches.
Please, no stories about 8-year-old black belts! I personally think
teaching kids martial arts is great! I'm only extrapolating what may
have been going through the minds of the lawyers in Irving when this
policy was created!
I know you said the boys wouldn't be sparring, but the GTSS didn't make
exceptions. It said no martial arts but these two, period. Sorry.
ASM, Troop 381
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City